Focus Day November 21 2018


Last Owl Farm Focus Day 

Wednesday 21 November 2018

87 attendees heard about a World Markets update from Westpac Economist Anne Boniface.

The information discussed is in the Westpac Fortnightly Agri-update.  Impacts of global demand and supply, what's really happening plus the impact and potential changes in the strength of the kiwi dollar.

Maximising Summer Performance was discussed in a Workshop session sharing ideas on tactics and trigger points to hit key targets. 
the topics for consideration involved:

  1. How do you deploy your supplementary feeds over the next 4 months - what factors need to be considered, e.g. setting aside sialge for spring and winter, and keeping some for the Autumn rains.  How much PKE can be fed and still manage your FEI, how does this change your approach to feeding?
  2. What do you do about rotation length?  Great discussion around when to extend it, what a good target is, and the need to be flexible in response to changing pasture growth.
  3. When would you use OAD on the farm, for all or part of the herd and how do you manage the process?
  4. Lastly, the theme through all of the topics was around flexibility and monitoring.  Growth rates will have an impact on most of the decisions above, and we need to remain flexible with all of the topics ot ahcieve a great outcome.  Starting with a plan of what we expect growth to be will help us easily identify if we are off track.

Current Season Update 
Less cows are making more milk, 94% of the herd submitted in 3 weeks of AB, 4 times last year’s spring silage made.  Holding cows over 2kgMS/cow/day has been a standout highlight of the season with less brought0in feed used to achieve this.  Having strong decision rules around how we wanted to oerate the farm was a key to seeing these results.

Key decision rules Sep - Oct

  • Keep pre-graze under 3,000kgDM/ha
  • Area grazed constant around 6.5ha/day. 17-22 day round of area available to graze
  • Back the farm to grow – put the surplus in the stack
  • Focus on next round quality – cows must work to graze to 1600 or less.
  • Mower fixes any allocation errors where residuals were higher


September 19 2018 Focus Day


Wednesday 19 September 2018       Owl Farm Focus Day

Farmer Focus Day 76 attendees heard about our 2019:

  • Season so far: People, Profit, Production
  • Body condition score of individual cows and the benefits of doing monthly,
  • Mating plans - ALL AB for the 2018 mating season and how to manage the risks.

Finance and financials!


Our year end financials are now uploaded, plus this year's forecast and actual figures so far.

Feel free to have a read and compare against your own figures, we're always keen to hear how we compare and where you see room for our improvement.

May 23 Owl Farm Focus Day


Farm Environment Plan


Owl Farm Focus Day - 21 March 2018


Owl Farm Public Open Day - 10 March 2018


Saturday 10 March 2018 is Owl Farm's annual Public Open day.  Free entry to for all, a chance to learn about the exciting activities that happen on the farm!

How we protect Water Quality, Making food for cows, Milking time and meet the calves.  Sausage sizzle and drinks provided

November 22 2017 Focus Day booklet


Latest focus day booklet for those that were unable to make the trip to join us

Owl Farm Weekly Monitor Walk


Owl Farm Weekly Monitor Walk 

Providing knowledge - Home Grown Feed

404 Cows in Milk
1.61 KgMS cow/day Milk Solids
2070 kgDM/ha Pasture Cover
77 kgDM/ha/day Growth Rate
23 Round Length
0.00 Avg Supp Usage
145 SCC

Contact Details:

  • Louise Cook
  • Demonstration Manager
  • Owl Farm
  •  +64 7 827 9817
  •  +64 27 808 5777

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