Te Awamutu (Tiller Talk)

Tiller Talk
System Type: 5
Last Update:
12 October 2018

DairyNZ Comment:

12 Oct 2018
  • Preparation for summer forage crops should be well underway. A common reason for crop failures can be slugs and springtails eating newly emerging plants. Slugs are plentiful this year. Include slug bait in crop sowing programmes. Insecticide for springtails can be added in the pre-sowing period. Plan and inform your contractors of your requirements. Consider summer crops as part of the pasture renewal programme as well as a summer feed option. This means thinking about the re-grassing window at the end of the crop. Will it be long enough to allow the required development in the paddock, and establish new permanent pasture on time? On time means first grazing by the end of May 2019. If delays are likely for re-grassing then perhaps another crop should follow this one to allow more time for thorough development of a paddock?


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  • Date Collected

    12 Oct 2018

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    64 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2270 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    - mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    100 %

  • MS/cow

    2.1 kgs

  • MS/ha

    - kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    585 kgs

  • Rotation

    23 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs

  • Supplements

    6 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Stocking Rate

    3.8 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

Great to get some rain this week. Area continues to be taken out for crops. Some pre-mowing is being used especially on the Fescue/cocksfoot paddocks. Cows milking well and cycling well. Happy with the wedge and will continue to get N on when moisture is around. 

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