System Type: 2
Bay of Plenty
Last Update:
15 January 2020

DairyNZ Comment:

15 Jan 2020
  • Now is a good time to be applying effluent and emptying ponds. The moisture will have obvious benefits for pasture and crops, and the risk of losing the nitrogen through leaching or to the atmosphere is much lower than when the soil is wet. Although, care will be needed if the soil has subsurface drainage or has opened up with cracks.

    Facial eczema is caused by a toxin produced by the spores of a fungus growing on pasture. The fungus produces spores when grass minimum temperatures are above 12°C for two or three nights and humidity is high (usually January to May).

    Vets have started testing spore counts on monitor farms. Due to large between farm variation, once monitor farm spore counts reach 20,000 spores/gram, you should check your own farm by monitoring four paddocks weekly. Give cows full rates of Zn when your counts are over 30,000.

    Ensure you have Zn on hand now and make sure staff know how much Zn to give and how it is to be given.

    Visit www.dairynz.co/nz/animal/cow-health/facial-eczma.

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  • Date Collected

    15 Jan 2020

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    39 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2976 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    3 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    90 %

  • MS/cow

    1.36 kgs

  • MS/ha

    2.78 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    470 kgs

  • Rotation

    40 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    0 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    96 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.1 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME