Owl Farm

System Type: 2
Last Update:
11 August 2018

DairyNZ Comment:

11 Aug 2018
  • If average pasture cover is tracking below target the appropriate tactics are to hold the area offered per day constant, perhaps using supplement to assist this, and give the pastures time to grow to restore cover. Make sure N & Gibberellin applications are up to date. The fine weekend weather would have helped apply these tactics and help move to a gradual speeding up of the rotation.

    Higher than target average pasture covers are occurring on some farms in the South Island in particular, with a favourable winter for them. If this is a problem (unlikely in the Waikato) check the following:

    1. How reliable is the farm cover estimate? Has a farm walk been done or is it just a guess? If average farm cover has exceeded target for two weeks in a row this gives confidence to speed up rotations, if necessary.
    2. Is supplement being fed that could be replaced by offering more pasture?
    3. Are grazing residual targets being achieved? It’s no advantage having a faster rotation if pastures remain under-grazed.
    4. What proportion of the farm has N fertiliser already applied?


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  • Date Collected

    11 Aug 2018

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    27 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2236 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    27 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    84 %

  • MS/cow

    2.12 kgs

  • MS/ha

    4.16 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    87 kgs

  • Rotation

    52 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    82 kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    28 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    7.3 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    405 kgs/cow/day

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.76 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


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