System Type: 4
Last Update:
26 May 2021

DairyNZ Comment:

26 May 2021
  • With many having dried off or in the process of, now is the time to start reflecting on the season that has been. This will allow the focus to shift to planning for next season. Determining what worked well and planning to implement those things into next season will set the stage for a more efficient workplace. Also looking at what did not go so well can allow a plan to be made to avoid some of the pitfalls that may have been encountered this season. Some elements are out of your control, but by focusing on what you can control, a plan can be made which will impact your business in a positive way.

    Grazing management during winter is about transferring autumn and winter grown pasture into early spring to achieve target average pasture cover (APC) at calving and meet the feed requirements of the milking herd. Use the Spring Rotation Planner (SRP) to manage the transition from winter to spring and ensure appropriate covers are reached.

    Moist, cool conditions mean tiller death is low. Winter is the time of year where grazing below 1500 kg DM/ha does not appear to damage ryegrass growth but grazing at high stock density on wet soils can reduce subsequent pasture production by up to 45% the following year.

    Protect your soils and pasture over the winter/spring period by implementing your Winter Grazing Plan which will put you in the best place not only through spring but for the subsequent grazing rotations throughout next season.

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  • Date Collected

    26 May 2021

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    15 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    1982 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    35 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    91 %

  • MS/cow

    1.16 kgs

  • MS/ha

    2.5 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    1096 kgs

  • Rotation

    30 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    7.1 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

Pasture DM% = 9.6