Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Week ending farm notes 14-05-19
Pics show supply versus demand budget and new scenarios that we are making decsions from.
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Week ending farm notes 06-05-2019
With average May growth of 25kg/ha/day we would need to hold demand to 20kg/ha/day, or 7kg/cow.
We are currently growing well above this, and will use the next 10 days to attack and manage our new grasses while the good soil conditions continue.
Monday, 29 April 2019
Week ending farm notes 29-04-19
Pictures show top of wedge, the cows dried off yesterday in the sun and wedge.
Monday, 22 April 2019
Week ending farm notes 22-04-19
We are drying the herd off on Monday. Basically running to the end of the month as expected, Monday works best for logistics, feed scenario allows us to milk until Friday.
Pics below of pasture sample areas and the test results for P 16 ryegrass in shade vs P28 cocksfoot in full sun. Plus wedge.
Monday, 15 April 2019
Week ending farm notes 15-04-19
Weather station info and wedge below
Monday, 8 April 2019
Week ending farm notes 08-04-19
Monday, 1 April 2019
Week ending farm notes 01-04-2019
Cows are now at full rate zinc in dosatron as we see the pasture burn off and a likely reduction in grazing residuals in the near future. Spore counts today were between 5 and 35k, our first hint of activity in the paddocks. We will now conduct faecal samples and be ready to trigger to boluses if required
Production is an interesting beast, residuals are coming up slightly now but milk is not. Contended cows seem to be happy and partitioning feed to weight gain rather than just to milk. Milk protein% is steadily climbing.
Forgot to take many pictures this week, so adding some milk info snips instead. Losing ground daily against last year, but still proud of how far ahead we are season to date, so that despite this unforgiving Autumn we know our early season wins have positioned us far better for a total season performance that will be similar to last year.
On that note if we look at BCS at the moment, the average of the herd is quite similar to last year on average.
However a very pleasing trend is through the individual BCS and careful management by Tom, we’ve managed to shunt out the required dry off date based on individual BCS and create more milking days for the herd. Disappointingly we don’t have the grass to take advantage of this in our current Autumn, but we’re taking wins where we can get them.
The first image below shows the proportion of cows required to be dried off at each date. Note, the first dry off for each year was 4th April 2018 and 29th March 2019 – so we had cows “overdue” for dry off at those points. Where 41% of the herd needed drying off in the first cut last year it was only 20% of the herd this year. See %s above the red line.
The second image shows that despite having much fewer cows needing dry off we have a not-too-dissimilar BCS range, so it is the careful management of at-risk cows early that has allowed the days in milk for them, by pushing better conditioned and later calving cows hard to keep resources available for those that needed it.
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Week ending 25-03-19
Monday, 18 March 2019
Week ending farm notes 18-03-19
Cows are now at full rate zinc in dosatron as we see the pasture burn off and a likely reduction in grazing residuals in the near future. Spore counts today were between 5 and 15k, our first hint of activity in the paddocks. We will now conduct faecal samples and be ready to trigger to boluses if required.
Pics show top of wedge grass, overnight residuals and then wedge this week
Monday, 11 March 2019
Week ending farm notes 11-03-19
Monday, 4 March 2019
Week ending farm notes 04-03-2019
Pre-post spot the difference. Still have longer covers to graze
Monday, 25 February 2019
Week ending farm notes 25-02-19
Pics show OAD cows for BCS yesterday and top of wedge, 2600kgDM/ha with spore count 65K