Te Awamutu (Tiller Talk)

Tiller Talk
System Type: 5
Last Update:
15 June 2018

DairyNZ Comment:

15 Jun 2018
  • Many farms will achieve BCS target for a majority of their herd, but not for every cow. It’s likely the lower BCS ones are the same cows that will hold back the herds’ reproductive performance later in the year. Tweaks to how cows at either end of the BCS spectrum are fed could be important.

    Now is a good time to get a BCS profile of the herd and determine what cows are lagging behind. Scott farm’s herd has 14% at less than CS 4.5; 30% of cows (incl R2 heifers) are at target BCS 5 (or 5.5 for heifers) and don’t need feeding for weight gain. The rest are between 4.5 and 5. Knowing this creates opportunities to save excessive feed going into cows already with adequate condition. Complicating the herd split is also calving date. With later calving thin cows more likely to have time to gain BCS, and only being a small part of the herd, it’s an option to separate them out for preferential feeding. Form a herd of cows and heifers already at target and put them on maintenance feed, continuing to feed the rest for BCS gain. Feeding levels for pregnant cows can be found in the Facts and Figures book page 53.


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  • Date Collected

    15 Jun 2018

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    16 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2130 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    - mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    27 %

  • MS/cow

    1.10 kgs

  • MS/ha

    - kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    15 kgs

  • Rotation

    150 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs

  • Supplements

    9 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Stocking Rate

    4.00 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

The wet weather has been making pasture management challenging and grass growth has dropped accordingly. Heifers have been calving down well with 40 calved this week of the 80 on farm. We are milking OAD at 8:30am once all dry cows and calves have been dealt with. The plan going forward is to tighten things up when its dry to gain an extra day or two on the round.

-Please view PDF below for more information