Monday, 7 January 2019


Week ending farm notes 7-1-19

  • Cover has dropped a lot this week with silage being cut to average 2044kgDM/ha with growth averaging 65kgDM/ha for the week. On the area kept in the grazing rotation for the week cover has dropped only slightly, from 2238 to 2176kgDM/ha.
  • Critical Pasture management decisions:
    • Dropping soil moisture and increasing soil temperature have now begun to reduce growth so rotation will slow along with this.
    • We have been on a 23 day rotation of the area in grass (includes silage paddocks), this will extend towards 28-30 days this week. With the silage area removed we were on an 18 day round of the paddocks kept in the grazing round.
    • 16 paddocks (29ha) have been cut for silage today along with the run-off areas into a summer stack.
    • Residuals with the cows are grazing between 1500 and 1575kgDM/ha.
  • We have an effective farm area this year of 147ha, allocated as follows:
    • 10ha in summer brassica crop
    • 137ha in grass including the 6ha of hay crop
    • 131ha is available to graze between now and February after hay area removed effectively in our current grazing rotation
  • For the week ahead we have 402 cows on farm on a grazing area of 131ha = 3.02cows/ha.
  • Pasture offered will now decrease on average to 14kgDM, with approximately 5kgDM of crop being fed to all cows.
    • Forecast pasture demand is therefore currently 42kgDM/cha/day (Stocking rate x pasture offered = 3.02* 14)
    • Forecast pasture demand is still below growth and the hole in the wedge will close up, allowing us to extend our round over 30 days quite quickly without the need for a large injection of additional supplements
  • This past week the herds grazed 5.8ha/day equivalent to a 25 day round of the whole farm or 17 days of the 102ha in the grazing rotation.
  • Production has remained around 1.56kgMS/day this week, with 5 cows out of the vat with mastitis and 42 cows now on OAD milking.
  • Heat stress in the herd this past week was considerable, and on average impacted production by around 0.06kg (60gMS)/cow/day (22kgMS/day).
  • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
    • Calved cows 16kg grass offered + 3kg crop
  • Feeding levels for the coming week are planned as follows,
    • Calved cows 14kg grass offered + 5kg crop

 

Thursday, 3 January 2019


Week ending farm notes

  • Cover has lifted this week to 2461gDM/ha with growth of 75kgDM/ha/day occurring on the farm
  • Critical Pasture management decisions:
    • 4 paddocks (6.5ha) previously earmarked are now closed up to re-seed and be made into hay in late Jan/Feb. We are no longer recording cover on these, and they are not contributing to our average cover. To all intents and purposes they are removed from the farm as a crop.
    • 15 paddocks (28ha) are set aside to cut in early January as dry cow silage, along with a further cut form the run-off grass and sorghum.
    • Residuals with the cows are grazing between 1500 and 1575kgDM/ha with post-mowing used for weed management on 3 paddocks.
  • We have an effective farm area this year of 147ha, allocated as follows:
    • 10ha in summer brassica crop
    • 137ha in grass including the 6ha of hay crop
    • 131ha is available to graze between now and February after hay area removed
      • 28 ha cut into stack in approx. 3 weeks
      • 102ha effectively in our current grazing rotation
    • We have 402 cows on farm on a grazing area of 102ha = 3.94cows/ha.
    • Pasture offered now decreased on average to 16kgDM, with approximately 3kgDM of crop being fed to all cows. We will hold at 3kg/day for several more weeks to keep grazing pressure up.
      • Pasture demand is therefore currently 63kgDM/cha/day (Stocking rate x pasture offered = 3.94* 16)
      • Pasture demand remains below Pasture supply, and we expect growth to remain above demand but decreasing for several more weeks yet. Monitoring is vital.
    • The herds grazed 5.8ha/day equivalent to a 25 day round of the whole farm or 17 days of the 102ha in the grazing rotation.
    • We intend to keep cows in pasture under 2800kgDM/ha, to keep quality offerings at their best.  This week around 30% of paddocks were above this target and mowed ahead of cows. We have dropped another 4ha this week to get the long stuff out.
    • Production has wobbled around1.57kgMS/day this week, with 5 cows out of the vat with mastitis and 42 cws no on OAD milking. We are continuing with Magnesium in the dosatron as this rapidly grown pasture is still a risk.
    • Heat stress in the herd this past week was considerable, and on average impacted production by around 0.07 (70gMS)/cow/day.
    • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
      • Calved cows 16kg grass offered + 3kg crop
    • Feeding levels for the coming week are planned as follows,
      • Calved cows 16kg grass offered + 3kg crop

Monday, 24 December 2018


Week ending farm notes 24-12-18 

Cover has lifted this week to 2234kgDM/ha with growth of 68kgDM/ha/day occurring on the farm. This week’s growth suggests we overstate some covers last week, and therefore growth last week, (81kg/day vs 68kg/day. The average of the two at 75kg/day is still likely correct.)

  • Critical Pasture management decisions:
    • 4 paddocks (6.0ha) previously earmarked are now closed up to re-seed and be made into hay in late Jan/Feb. We are no longer recording cover on these, and they are not contributing to our average cover. To all intents and purposes they are removed from the farm as a crop.
    • 9 paddocks (19ha) are set aside to cut in early January as dry cow silage, along with a further cut form the run-off grass and sorghum. These are the furthest paddocks from shed up a big hill. We think the cows will appreciate our effort.
  • We have an effective farm area this year of 147ha not in crop, allocated as follows:
    • 10ha in summer brassica crop
    • 137ha in grass including the 6ha of hay crop
    • 131ha is available to graze between now and February after hay area removed
      • 19 ha cut into stack in approx. 3 weeks
      • 112ha effectively in our current grazing rotation
    • We have 403 cows on farm on a grazing area of 112ha = 3.6cows/ha.
    • Pasture offered now decreased on average to 16kgDM, with approximately 3kgDM of crop being fed to all cows. We will hold at 3kg/day for several more weeks to keep grazing pressure up.
      • Pasture demand is therefore currently 58kgDM/cha/day (Stocking rate x pasture offered = 3.6* 16)
      • Pasture demand remains far below Pasture supply, and we expect strong growth for several more weeks yet. Monitoring is vital.
    • The herds grazed 5.3ha/day equivalent to a 27 day round of the whole farm or 21 days of the 112ha in the grazing rotation.
    • We intend to keep cows in pasture under 2800kgDM/ha, to keep quality offerings at their best.  This week around 50% of paddocks were above this target and mowed ahead of cows. We have aggressively hit the feed wedge this week to get the long stuff out.
    • Production has wobbled around1.6kgMS/day this week, with two separate events menaing all or some cows in the herd had 24 and 36 hour milking intervals. We are continuing with Magnesium in the dosatron as this rapidly grown pasture is still a risk.
    • Heat stress in the herd this past week was considerable, and on average impacted production by around 0.07 (70gMS)/cow/day.
    • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
      • Calved cows 17kg grass offered + 2kg crop (First herd 3kg of crop all week and 2nd herd 1.5kg of crop for 5 days as they weaned on to Brassica)
    • Feeding levels for the coming week are planned as follows,
      • Calved cows 16kg grass offered + 3kg crop

 

Thursday, 20 December 2018


Week ending farm notes 17-12-18

 

  • Cover has come lifted this week to 2184kgDM/ha with growth of 81kgDM/ha/day occurring on the farm.
  • Critical Pasture management decisions:
    • 4 paddocks (6.0ha) previously earmarked are now closed up to re-seed and be made into hay in late Jan/Feb. We are no longer recording cover on these, and they are not contributing to our average cover. To all intents and purposes they are removed from the farm as a crop.
    • 4 small areas (4.7ha) are being cut today to be made into bales tomorrow.
    • 4 paddocks (8.9ha) are set aside to cut in early January as dry cow silage, along with a further cut form the run-off grass and sorghum. These are the furthest paddocks from shed up a big hill. We think the cows will appreciate our effort.
  • We have an effective farm area this year of 147ha not in crop, allocated as follows:
    • 10ha in summer brassica crop
    • 137ha in grass including the 6ha of hay crop
    • 131ha is available to graze between now and February after hay area removed
      • 9 ha cut into stack in approx. 3 weeks
      • 122ha effectively in our current grazing rotation
        • 117ha in grazing round for the week ahead,
        • 7ha will rebound into rotation immediately.
      • We have 403 cows on farm on a grazing area of 122ha = 3.3cows/ha.
      • Pasture offered now decreased (as we must start grazing fast-maturing crops) on average to 17.5kgDM, with approximately 1.5kgDM of crop being fed (3kg/cow to half the herd). This amount will increase as both herds transition fully into turnips to 5kg/cow/day for whole herd by New Year approximately – where pasture allocation will reduce to 14kgDM/day.
        • Pasture demand is therefore currently 58kgDM/cha/day (Stocking rate x pasture offered = 3.3* 17.5)
        • Pasture demand remains far below Pasture supply, and we expect strong growth for several more weeks yet.
        • We will almost definitely increase the amount of area currently out of rotation to join the summer stack in out then 6th on-platform silage cut this year.
        • This plan is reassessed twice a week, as removing too much grass could get us in more grass than too little if growth rates change rapidly. Monitoring is vital.
      • The herds grazed 6.63ha/day equivalent to a 22 day round of the whole farm or 18 days of the 122ha in the grazing rotation.
      • We intend to keep cows in pasture under 2800kgDM/ha, to keep quality offerings at their best.  This week around 70% of paddocks were below 2900 when grazed, however we are mowing ahead as 2900 is more than cows can eat (see video for results when we don’t mow and cover is this length).
      • Production has remained quite stable this week just above 1.6kgMS/day. We are continuing with Magnesium in the dosatron as this rapidly grown pasture is still a risk.
      • An old cow with chronic High SCC was culled following the herd test this week.
      • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
        • Calved cows 18.5kg grass offered + 0.5kg crop (First herd 1kg of crop for 3 days as they wean on to Brassica)
      • Feeding levels for the coming week are planned as follows,
        • Calved cows 17.5kg grass offered + 1.5kg crop (First herd 3 kg of Brassica)

 

Top of wedge and feedwedge pics below

 

 

Tuesday, 11 December 2018


Week ending farm notes 11-12-18

  • Cover has come down this week with 21ha of the farm being cut for silage to 2070kgDM/ha with growth of 77kgDM/ha/day occurring on the farm. A slight decrease from last week with some very hot days, but still well above demand.
  • Leaf Miner damage continued and spraying has now occurred. The crops will recover with new leaf coming through.  Despite this we have fast maturing crops ahead of us and we are bringing forward our grazing window.
  • We have decided to skip our December N application on the farm excluding paddocks that need vegetative encouragement. We may revert to using this as the growth begins to slow. 
  • Rain overnight on our cut silage was frustrating and an ongoing indication of this higher growth rate period, with a wet week forecast.
  • The herds grazed 6.34ha/day equivalent to a 23 day round of the whole farm or 18.5 days of the 117ha in grass and not shut out for silage. Strong growth and rising pre-graze covers slowed down the round as allocation area was reduced to maintain appropriate intakes.  
  • We intend to keep cows in pasture under 2800kgDM/ha, to keep quality offerings at their best.  Again this week, during the week around one third of the paddocks grazed were significantly higher than this. For the coming week we will endeavour to get cows back under this target.
  • Cows have now stabilised this week just above 1.6kgMS/day. Pasture samples show low dry matter an dlow magnesium levels in rapidly growing pasture so we have re-introduced Mag in the dosatron.
  • We are still grazing some paddocks ahead of cows. In most they can achieve a satisfactory residual (sub-1600) with grazing, but in others we are cleaning up the residual from the last grazing.
  • A first calver had a mis-adventure in the paddock and fractured her shoulder and was destroyed.
  • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
    • Calved cows 19kg grass offered

 

Wedge today below, then the forecast in 14 days time if growth is 70 kg/day 

Monday, 3 December 2018


Week ending farm notes 3-12-18

  • Cover has lifted further this week to 2328kgDM/ha with growth of 87kgDM/ha/day occurring on the farm. This is considerably more than last week and our demand of 58kg/day.
  • The herds grazed 6.68ha/day equivalent to a 21 day round of the whole farm or 17.5 days of the 115ha in grass and not shut out for silage.  
  • We intend to keep cows in pasture under 2800kgDM/ha, to keep quality offerings at their best.  During the week around half the paddocks grazed were just or significantly higher than this. For the coming week all paddocks will now be at or beneath this level.
  • With another 30-40m of rain recorded (and more falling right now) we now expect growth to maintain levels that are higher than demand for close to 3 more weeks at least.
  • In line with the rapid growth, hot humid weather and longer covers, cows have crashed this week, to 1.70kgMS average ranging between 1.82 and 1.60 today. 
    Continuing to offer 19.5kgs of feed has seen residuals climb, so we have now reduced allocation closer to 19kg to ensure a residual grazed beneath 1600kgDM/ha by the herd.
    It was our hottest average week so far this year and very humid. 
    We noticed heat stress behaviour in the cows frequently during the week, ceasing grazing and seeking shade. Including the images we posted last week showing the pasture damage due to the herd congregating under the trees.
    More pasture samples are going in this week as we expect our pasture will have had a similar heat-change occur in pasture quality.
  • 2 paddocks were mowed ahead of cows this week, and around 8 of the previous weekends high residuals were mowed in the week after the cows had been back through for a second crack and grazed to around 1650kgDM/ha. 
    Generally cows have been left to graze a paddock with little need for post-graze topping needed – primarily being used as a mechanism to remove remnant stem and woody weeds (dock, hedge mustard etc)
  • We have now allocated a total of 22ha at the top of the wedge to make into silage.  We will look to cut in around 7-10 days time with weather windows as they occur. 
    With the crop area out aswell we currently have 115ha of 147ha grazeable by the herd – or 22% of the farm removed from the grazing round.
  • Leaf Miner damage is becoming significant in the early sown Turnips and we are planning to spray ASAP.
  • We have paused our N application on the farm, and will likely leave our December application until later this month. 
    We have increased potash levels of fertiliser this year as soil K tests have been on lower end of scale.  This went on in November and whatever the cause there is a massive amount of clover on the farm this year in paddocks we didn’t normally see it in.
  • Unfortunately this week, one cow had a gut full of feed after herd test and lay badly on a slope becoming cast and then bloated and died.
  • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
    • Calved cows 19kg grass offered
  • Feeding levels for the coming week are planned as follows,
    • Calved cows 19kg grass offered.

 

Pre-grazing this week 

Tuesday, 27 November 2018


Week ending farm notes 26-11-18

  • Cover has lifted this week to 2194kgDM/ha despite 9ha of silage being cut and stacked in the week. Average growth settled at 80kgDM/ha/day and includes the impact of calves (“the nibblers”) eating feed out of the middle of the wedge.  This is considerably more than our demand of 58kg/day.
  • The herds grazed 6.63ha/day equivalent to a 22 day round of the whole farm or 18 days of the 125ha in grass and not made into silage. 
  • We intend to keep cows in pasture under 2800kgDM/ha, to keep quality offerings at their best. But the explosion of growth from the rain this past week (58mm) has flown the top of the wedge upwards at well over 100kgDM/ha/day and put some pre-grazings far higher than we anticipated, and residuals have increased.
    We expect growth to maintain current levels for 10 days at least and with more rain coming, possibly several more weeks so we will stay on the faster round and keep stacking the surplus.
  • Cows have averaged slightly more milk this week, at 1.82kgMS average ranging between 1.77 and 1.85.
  • 2 paddocks were mowed ahead of cows this week, and several of those grazed this week will either be topped post-grazing within 24 hours or mowed ahead next time for the increase in residual over the week.
  • We have allocated another 9ha at the top of the wedge out to make into silage, and this may yet be added to as the current week progresses. We will look to cut in around 10-14 days time with weather windows as they occur.
  • We have continued to follow the herd with the November N+K fert applications, and timing with rain has been useful to ensure we keep growing.
  • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
    • Calved cows 20kg grass offered (increase due to rapid increase in pre-graze)
  • Feeding levels for the coming week are planned as follows,
    • Calved cows 19.5kg grass offered.

Regrowth 4 days after silage cut 

 

Feedwedge 26-11-18

Tuesday, 20 November 2018


Week ending farm notes 19-11-18

  • Cover has held this week at 2167kgDM/ha with growth settling around 67kgDM/ha/day and includes the impact of calves (“the nibblers”) eating feed out of the middle of the wedge.
  • The herds grazed 7.08ha/day equivalent to a 21 day round of the whole farm or 18 days of the 136ha in grass with 11ha out in cropping area.  This does include grazing both of our “large un-mowable” paddocks which graze lower in the wedge to ensure control.
  • We intend to keep cows in pasture under 2800, but might head towards grazing at 2800 and allow the rotation to ease up a little. Some of the grass at the new run-off may need to be grazed in the next week and that will add a few days in the wedge to slow us up.  This feed if used, is treated as a supplement in our information and recorded as bought in feed.
  • Cows have averaged less milk again this week, at 1.79kgMS average for the week producing as low as 1.74kgMS in the intense heat last week where they trekked the longest walk up the biggest hill to some of the stemmiest seediest grass in the wedge. They’ve stabilised now closer to or just over 1.8kgMS and the quality ahead of them this week looks more consistent than last week.
  • All but 4 paddocks grazed this week were mowed ahead of cows to make it easier to get the challenging grass into their rumens. This also guarantees us less quality risk next time we are into the paddock.
  • We have held around 9ha now all at the top of the wedge out to make into silage, and will cut as soon as this current front passes through.
    • With demand of approximately 60kg/day including calves and growth of 65kg likely ahead of us we are growing 8% more than demand each day. Removing 8% of the paddock will settle our supply demand imbalance.  
  • Crops were sprayed for Cutworm and Argentine stem weevil in the last week.
  • We have continued to follow the herd with the November N+K fert applications, and timing with rain has been useful to ensure we keep growing.
  • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
    • Calved cows 19.5kg grass offered
  • Feeding levels for the coming week are planned as follows,
    • Calved cows 19.5kg grass offered.

Weaned calves on cocksfoot

 

Cocksfoot new grass off for testing

 

Test results

 

Tuesday, 13 November 2018


Week ending farm notes

  • Cover has climbed this week to 2167kgDM/ha with growth settling around 68kgDM/ha/day and includes the impact of calves (“the nibblers”) eating feed out of the middle of the wedge.
  • The herds grazed 6.17ha/day equivalent to a 24 day round of the whole farm or 22 days of the 136ha in grass with 11ha out in cropping area.  
  • Cows have dropped again this week, to 1.87kgMS average for the week, and as outlined in yesterday’s information this is largely a reflection of changing quality in the grass plants. This is reducing time taken to digest food and therefore has reduced intake.  We have now reduced allowances, this week by reducing area offered to ensure satisfactory residuals – cows grazing to 1500-1600, tops out of most clumps
  • Residuals for milkers have averaged close to 1,550kgDM/ha with a few “send backs” to tidy up some residuals.  Overall we have seen cows doing a good job, but most paddocks have some stem and seed left behind that we will deal with mechanically. 
  • Roughly a third of the paddocks this week were mowed ahead of the cows as we get into reducing the effort for cows to harvest their food in an environment where the plant is being somewhat unco-operative.
  • Key management decisions. 
    • Grass is doing what we saw in Dec-Feb last year, burning out sugar into NDF.  We know the longer the grass gets the worse this impact.
    • We are going to keep pre-grazing levels for the herd under 2800kgDM/ha as well as pre-mowing.
    • We want to stay on our faster rounds, and not slow down chasing the longer covers.
    • We will drop out surplus again now to address the excess growth in the wedge.
    • We are forecasting growth over the next two weeks at 65kg/ha/day
    • We will make a light quick silage cut to get back in the round and stacked within 10 days from now.
  • With demand of approximately 60kg/day including calves and growth of 65kg likely ahead of us we are growing 8% more than demand each day.  Removing 8% of the paddock will settle our supply demand imbalance.  We have 9ha from the top of the wedge allocated to head into the stack middle of next week
  • Evaluation of crops shows the same nasty little insets in the younger crops and they will be sprayed to address this.
  • With 46 days of AB completed we have put 99% of the herd up to date – 4 cows have yet to cycle, all calved around September 1st.
  • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
    • Calved cows 19.5kg grass offered
  • Feeding levels for the coming week are planned as follows,
    • Calved cows 19.5kg grass offered.

Challenging times – but we’re happy with our plan to try and protect the cows production over the next 3 months.

Pics show milker residual, and the close up showing by water bottle resting on a bed of stalk, few ungrazed leaves in this clump, wedge, pasture quality comparisons

 

Monday, 5 November 2018


Week ending farm notes 5-11-18

 

 

  • With all silage now cut, cover has dropped this week to 2093kgDM/ha with growth settling around 77kgDM/ha/day.
  • The herds grazed 6.65ha/day equivalent to a 22 day round of the whole farm or 18 days of the 116ha left in the grazing round this past week with 21.7ha out for silage. 
  • Cows have dropped this week, from 1.97kg/cow last Tuesday to 1.83kgMS at the end of the week, with protein % very stable, litres declining and fat percentage erratic.
  • Residuals for milkers have averaged close to 1,585kgDM/ha and ranged between 1500 and 1725kgDM/ha, during which time milk production has continued to quietly slide. See notes below, but we believe the change in feed quality is the main contributor – with pasture samples due to go this week.
  • The first herd had PKE 3 nights this week, an average of 0.4kgDM/cow for the whole 406 cows for the week, or 1.7kg PKE/cow for the 1st herd each night they had it offered.
    Let’s talk PKE – why did it stay in the herd when we seem to have enough feed? We were worried about faling production – risk of cows losing weight and kinda had to test a theory.
    • Cows had been dropping reasonably quickly, though it seemed we were offering them enough feed based on pre-grazing covers measured.
    • We could see and feel grass quality starting to change with stem developing across the farm and the first seed heads already visible.
    • We don’t want to cross the fine line and force cows too far into residuals when the pasture’s reproductive process is starting to make life difficult. The extra grazing time required to eat that last little bit could make a big sacrifice in intake if we get it wrong. 
    • So, were cow’s grazing to a residual they were comfortable with and stopping eating down further but being a touch under-fed?
    • With adding PKE they should lift in production, if grass diet is being offered in lower volume than we think/ or they are stopping eating further as the pasture base is a little hardwork to clean up completely.
    • Cows didn’t lift but residuals did for that herd, more than they lifted for the other herd so we don’t think it’s a shortage of grass available, rather a change in grass that is affecting energy intake and production.
  • All silage is cut and will be stacked Tuesday, with all paddocks at the bottom of the wedge at a 1550 residual.
  • Last week’s damage confirmed some slug nibbling but more importantly found Argentine stem weevil and greasy cut worm in all crop paddocks.
  • With 39 days of AB completed we have put 98.8% of the herd up to date.
  • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
    • Calved cows 20kg grass offered.
  • Feeding levels for the coming week are planned as follows,
    • Calved cows 20kg grass offered.

Monday, 29 October 2018


Week ending farm notes 29-10-18

 

  • Cover has jumped this week to 2417kgDM/ha with growth settling around 79kgDM/ha/day.
  • The herds grazed 6.7ha/day equivalent to a 22 day round of the whole farm or 17 days of the 116ha left in the grazing round this past week with all 10ha of crop sprayed out and drilled and 21.7ha out for silage. 
  • Cows have slightly lifted on average again this week although we’re expecting to see our post-peak decline firmly set in from here out as we see a visible change in pasture quality coming, as seed head is emerging.
  • Residuals for milkers have averaged close to 1,520kgDM/ha and ranged between 1450 and 1550kgDM/ha on most paddocks. Two paddocks in wet weather yesterday were grazed closer to 1675kgDM/ha, and will be mowed next round ahead to ensure a consistent height of base in the pasture.
  • An inch of rain in the last 6 days has jolted growth strongly along in front of us making our silage cut far less risky for the next grazing round. It is due to cut Sunday and join the stack with last month’s haul.
  • One group of milkers was offered PKE with their night feed last night to top up the total pasture available when there were no other nearby paddocks to match up for the herd. Cows have been steadily let-over onto fresh grass more often through the week as the dry weather we had been having had slowed growth.  With an effective round of 17 days average through the last week the decision was made to stop any further shortening of the round, and we saw a window where we might use PKE for 4-5 days nights.  The outcome of the farm walk today and the rain in the last 24 hours has doubled the amount we’ve had in the week and restored our faith in growth for the next 3 weeks.
    PKE with silage out?  We have an unlimited demand for extra feed in summer, but limits to how much PKE we can feed.  For 4 days, 4T of PKE would be fed to the herd or we could have eaten off 4T of our locked up silage which we know we will use later in the year.
  • Crops are all going gang busters, with all paddocks fully emerged. We have added slug bait again with the rain and continue to monitor. Damage seen today will see Kyle from PGG Wrightson Seeds out tomorrow to ascertain what unauthorised vermin are nibbling our turnips – slugs are prime suspects.
  • With 33 days of AB completed we have put 97% of the herd up to dat. This morning 8 cows who had not yet visibly cycled during AB were given a PG shot, to see if we can force a stronger cycle if they are having silent heats. Two are early August calving and 7 & 10 years old. And the rest calved after 25-08-18 and are just due or past due for a first cycle. 
  • Feeding levels this past week have been as follows,
    • Calved cows 20kg grass offered.
  • Feeding levels for the coming week are planned as follows,
    • Calved cows 20kg grass offered.

 

 








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