Te Awamutu (Tiller Talk)

Tiller Talk
System Type: 5
Last Update:
07 December 2018

DairyNZ Comment:

07 Dec 2018
  • When grass is growing well, culling may seem a long way off but the longer term view is that every cow that doesn’t have to be fed from February to May (120 days) makes 1 to 1.5 tonnes dry matter available at low cost for the remaining cows during a period where pasture is usually in short supply.  

    A pregnancy scan this month can confirm which cows are pregnant in the first 6 weeks. An advantage of this knowledge is that culling decisions made during the next 2 months will be informed by indications of later calving or not in calf.

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  • Date Collected

    07 Dec 2018

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    67 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2300 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    - mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    98 %

  • MS/cow

    1.8 kgs

  • MS/ha

    - kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    984 kgs

  • Rotation

    26 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    - kgs

  • Supplements

    6 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow/day

  • Stocking Rate

    4.3 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


Farm walk notes:

Maintaining pasture quality is the main focus at the moment. Pre-graze mowing is helping us achieve this and working well especially for the fescue/cocksfoot paddocks. Both chicory have had their first grazings with the cows. We would normally be using it for calves but as the calves are doing so well grazing directly after the cows we decided not to change anything. When pasture supply slows down we will then move calves to the chicory block where they will stay. We have started very low dosing for facial eczma with zinc oxcide on the feed. 

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