System Type: 3
Bay of Plenty
Last Update:
24 May 2024

DairyNZ Comment:

24 May 2024
  • Pongakawa Monitor Farm Update

    This week we have an update from Jamie at Pongakawa.

    Final production was 895kgMS/ha ahead of 881 last season. The farm managed to peak above 2kgMS/cow/day as per one of their KPIs and were close to forecast target. Reproduction improved, whilst a shorter mating at higher empty rate, the farm has managed to tighten the calving spread.
    On farm at the moment, they teat-sealed the heifer’s last week and the mobs have been split into three (Fats, Lights, Heifer’s) with each being offered targeted diets.
    This season they have planted 9ha of annuals on the run-off that they will harvest for silage soon, this was a change from last season where oats were planted. Jamie said the oats they originally planted were going to seed too early, so they have tried the annual as an alternative this season.
    Maintenance continues around the farm in the dry period.
    Next update we’ll have a look back on the season and how the monitor farms managed against this seasons KPIs. It’s been a varied season across the region but most would agree better than the previous season.

    DairyNZ comment

    Check out the CalvingSmart events coming up and click on the links below to register as spaces are limited. Delivered by Dairy Training Limited, CalvingSmart workshops are designed for those with 0 – 3 years’ experience on farm, equipping you with the right knowledge and skills to establish a caring, healthy and safe environment for calves. The workshops cover:?

    • Pre calving observation
    • 3 stages of labour
    • Normal and abnormal calf presentation
    • Calf resuscitation
    • Identification and matching of cow and calf
    • Cow and calf care
    • Benefits of colostrum

    This hands-on training includes practising with an artificial cow and calf to help you and the farm team prepare well for calving this season.

    Did you know the Focus on Dairying group are on Facebook and Instagram? Feel free to join and follow the groups and post some of your farming pictures.

    BOP Focus on Dairying Facebook
    BOP Focus on Dairying Instagram (@bopfocusondairying) 

    Upcoming events: 

    CalvingSmart Galatea | Tuesday 4 June                     
    CalvingSmart Te Puke | Wednesday 5 June 
    CalvingSmart Putaruru | Monday 17 June                          

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  • Date Collected

    24 May 2024

  • Soil temp


  • Growth

    21 kgs DM/day

  • APC

    2268 kgs DM/ha

  • Rainfall

    78 mm

  • BCS


  • % in milk

    0 %

  • MS/cow

    0 kgs

  • MS/ha

    0 kgs

  • MS/ha YTD

    895 kgs

  • Rotation

    70 days

  • MS/cow YTD

    - kgs

  • Nitrogen YTD

    143 kgs/ha

  • Supplements

    4.0 kgs/cow/day

  • Supplements YTD

    - kgs/cow

  • Weight Gain

    - kgs/day

  • Stocking Rate

    2.7 su/ha

  • Crude Protein Level


  • MJME


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