System Type: 3
Last Update:
14 June 2019

DairyNZ Comment:

14 Jun 2019
  • Currently there are high average pasture covers on many Waikato farms, some averaging over 2,800 kg DM/ha. With pre-grazing covers over 4,000 kg DM/ha farmers are debating the best way to deal with this surplus pasture.
    Regrowth will be slower following grazing of a high cover paddocks, some young ryegrass tillers will be shaded out and die. High pasture covers may also contain some 4th leaf growth which will start decaying and reduce pasture quality.
    If already on a long rotation it’s safe to speed up to increase pasture intakes for late calving thinner cows. Cows already at target BCS don’t need the extra feed. Some herds have the opportunity to feed pasture only, saving supplement for any future feed deficits. Maintain residuals at 1,500 kg DM/ha or lower as leaves of un-grazed plants will never be utilised if uneaten. Keep up the farm walks to monitor growth rates and ensure pasture cover does not fall below 2,400 kg DM/ha target cover at the start of calving.


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  • Date Collected

    14 Jun 2019

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    36 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2571 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    13 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    0 %

  • MS/cow

    0 kgs

  • MS/ha

    0 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    - kgs

  • Rotation

    90 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    0 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    - su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


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