How long are your cull cows on farm for?
- Continue to keep in regular contact with your agent to get the latest updates.
- If you have any concerns, please call 0800 4 DairyNZ and ask to speak to a regional animal care specialist so DairyNZ can gather more detail from you and try to help.
See the Meat Industry Association website.
Have you reviewed and completed your feed budget’s at least through to spring?
- Both on your platform and support block, with your grazier and for all stock classes.
- Early crop assessments are showing winter crop yields are back 15-20% on normal. Eye balling is not good enough, a formal yield assessment needs to be completed.
- Develop your plan based on the worst-case scenario i.e. what do things look like if culls are still on farm in July.
- Do you need a consent variation from your local council?
See Feed Budgets.
Have you body condition scored your herd?
- It is highly recommended you use an accredited BCS assessor to condition score your herd ASAP. Next season’s success starts now with improving BCS early.
What does your dry off plan look like?
- Are dates confirmed with all those who will be involved i.e. vets, trucking companies, grazier?
- How will you manage early dry off mobs to maximise their BCS gain before winter?
- Have you completed a final pregnancy test, or milk pregnancy test to identify additional culls?
Have you sourced all supplementary feed requirements; also considering Spring next season?
- If feed is required to fill winter/spring demands get onto sourcing quickly, quality feed is limited and at a premium.
- Do not compromise closing pasture covers and run yourself short in spring.
- Considerations when using supplementary feeds.