Morrinsville (Tiller Talk)

Tiller Talk
System Type: 3
Region:
Waikato
Last Update:
11 May 2018

DairyNZ Comment:

11 May 2018
  • NIWA’s climate outlook predicts a warm, wet winter for the upper North Island. Climate predictions are increasingly accurate so it’s appropriate to prepare for wet conditions. For some areas it’s already too wet. Successful wintering means arriving at calving with pastures in a good state to re-grow, with little pugging, and maximising the area of the farm at the correct length to encourage growth (i.e. average farm cover no more than 2400, or no less than 2200 kg DM/ha). Current high covers and growth rates might tempt you to abandon long rotations to reduce pugging damage, but speeding up the rotation can result in cows underfed in early spring. A trial in the 1980’s at Ruakura No.2 Dairy demonstrated this. Herds on a fast rotation before calving had less feed at calving and slower growth rates in early spring compared with herds on a slower rotation before calving. Pugging must be avoided, but not by going faster. If you speed up the rotation, then slow down during fine periods to keep farm cover. Increase the level of supplement during fine periods if necessary. Avoid grazing pastures too frequently. Is the stand –off area ready for the likely wet winter?

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  • Date Collected

    11 May 2018

  • Soil temp

    16.0

  • Growth

    37 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2197 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    0 mm

  • BCS

    -

  • % in milk

    98 %

  • MS/cow

    0.80 kgs

  • MS/ha

    - kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    1093 kgs

  • Rotation

    45 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs

  • Supplements

    5 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Stocking Rate

    3.43 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level

    -

  • MJME

    -

Farm walk notes:

~~Last farm walk 4th May - 2197kgDM/ha growth 37kgDM/ha/d             
             
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