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Last Update:
16 April 2021

DairyNZ Comment:

16 Apr 2021
  • Dairy companies are now offering financial incentives for evidence of good animal welfare and environmental standards. One animal welfare area that is coming under scrutiny and may involve considerable investment is providing shade for cows. Purpose built barns or trees offer solutions.

    Trees have many attributes. Plantings for timber, livestock shelter, shade, fodder, soil conservation and biodiversity can deliver significant benefits. Each adds capital value to your farm as well as character and visual appeal.

    Now through to late winter is the time to plant trees.

    Planning what type of tree and where you will plant it are important. Factors to consider include: will they shade cow races, block access to drains, poisonous to livestock, time to maturity, prone to frost or drought, provide maximum shade or shelter to livestock, access to harvest and access to provide water to in dry summers during their establishment years.

    More information can be found by going to the Waikato Regional Council website and type Trees on Farms in the search box or at this link Planting trees on farms - DairyNZ


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  • Date Collected

    16 Apr 2021

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    30 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    1930 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    24 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    95 %

  • MS/cow

    1.19 kgs

  • MS/ha

    3.67 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    1251 kgs

  • Rotation

    32 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    382 kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    154.20 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    13 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    1042 kgs/cow

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    3.3 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


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