System Type: 4
Last Update:
14 April 2021

DairyNZ Comment:

14 Apr 2021
  • Catchments are connected by the flow of water, meaning what happens to water upstream or on-farm influences water quality downstream. Even temporary streams and channels influence water quality downstream because they typically make up a large volume of water flowing over land.

    The amount of nutrients, sediments and bacteria reaching a water body will depend on catchment features such as land use and practices, rainfall amounts and patterns, soil types and slope, and vegetation cover that intercept rainfall. Different types of water bodies react differently to excess nutrients, sediments, and bacteria. Once in a water body the responses to nutrients (and sediments) differ between lakes and rivers.

    Forming or joining a catchment group is your chance to have input into the outcomes for the catchment you farm in.

    Coming up this week DairyNZ is supporting a round of sessions by NZ Landcare Trust. Lloyd McCall is coming to Karamea, 20 April; Westport & Reefton, 21 April; and Hokitika, 22 April to discuss his involvement in successfully setting up a catchment group.

    Lloyd has been instrumental in assisting farmers to implement the catchment group model and will provide insights into how this could work for the West Coast.

    Lloyd has been pivotal in the establishment of the community-led catchment group the Pomahaka Water Care Group. Lloyd has worked as a rural banker, accountant, farm business mentor, and dairy farmer in West Otago. Formed out of a desire to take water quality management into their own hands, this group has established a farm-level water testing network and leveraged extensive funding to achieve community-wide goals.

    Come along to find out more about this important topic which is hugely relevant on farm now and will be into the future. For more information and to register visit

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  • Date Collected

    14 Apr 2021

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    36 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2197 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    50 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    100 %

  • MS/cow

    1.53 kgs

  • MS/ha

    3.40 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    967 kgs

  • Rotation

    30 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    3 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

Pasture DM% = 11.7

Current Nitrogen application rate [kgN/ha] = 22