Monday, 12 February 2018


Week ending farm notes

February 12

·        Cover has held this week at 2494kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 52kgDM/ha/day. 62.6mm of rain received within the week (and another 42mm since midnight in the new week’s data already).

·        Cows have grazed 3.7ha/day this is equivalent to a 40 day round of the whole farm or 30 day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (110 ha). 

·        Milkers have produced an average of 1.16kgMS/cow, Tom’s work to keep cows on as much grass as possible, has sped the rotation up slightly, reduced pre-grazing covers and improved the overall quality of the diet being eaten.

·        Offering 13kg of grass, has largely been managed to residual, and where necessary have topped behind or ahead to ensure high quality next round.

·        The feed wedge surplus continues and this week another 2 paddocks have been excluded but are likely to be baled in a 2nd wave of silage in 3 weeks time – a total of 29ha out for silage. The 6.6ha of sorghum is ready to cut again and a break in the weather will see around 70T of silages harvested around the farm and safe for winter.

·        Cows are now starting the last paddocks of crop but we still have 20 days of feed in front of us.  The first crop paddocks eaten are being sprayed out for weeds, and will be regrassed as soon as seed arrives on farm.

·        Spore counts returned a result between 0 and 40,000 on Friday with faecal counts lower indicating half that rate.  Cows are not eating below 1500, and are not eating spore rich grass. Zinc continues in the Dosatron, but boluses are still a very real possibility.

 

 

 

Monday, 5 February 2018


Week ending farm notes

February 2018

·        Cover has increased this week to 2494kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 46kgDM/ha/day.  With 39mm of rain received in the week

·       Cows have grazed 3.3ha/day this is equivalent to a 44 day round of the whole farm or 35 day round of the paddocks held in the grazing  round for the last week (115 ha). 

·       Milkers have produced an average of 1.13kgMS/cow, having now curved around a low point and settling around the 1.14kgMS/cow/day.

·       Offering 13kg of grass, has again seen cows leaving above target residual, with un-grazed leaf still evident.  Residuals have ranged between 1525kgDM/ha and 1750kgDM/ha.  This grass left behind offsets some of the discrepancy between supply/demand and change in cover.  THe surplus grass is at the bottom of the wedge in an untidy residual.

·       The feed wedge surplus continues and this week a further 3 paddocks have been excluded now – a total of 27ha out for silage. We are actively working to keep cow’s pre-grazing covers in leafy pasture of no more than 3,000kgDM/ha, but struggling to speed up the round as we would wish to.  As we approach the silage cutting date we may look to throw other paddocks out for silage too – right now we have approximately 20% of the grass area out of round.  This pushes our demand on the remaining 110ha grass platform 49kgDM/day and we should be in balance on this area moving forward.

·       Spore counts returned a result between 0 and 40,000 on Friday and between 0-25,000 today. Zinc continues in the Dosatron, but with increasing counts boluses are still a very real possibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 29 January 2018


Week ending farm notes:

Key figures for week ending

29/01/2018

22/01/2018

Cows in milk

412

412

Ave. KgMS/cow/day

1.19

1.31

kgMS/ha/day

3.26

3.64

Ave. Pasture cover (kgDM/ha)

2472

2390

Ave. Growth rates (kgDM/ha/day)

50

50

Round length (whole farm/grazing area)

41 / 34

50 / 47

Soil temperature (ave. oC  @10cm depth)

23.37

22.01

KgDM Pasture offered Dry/milkers

/ M-13

/ M-12

Kg silage/hay fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Kg PKE fed - ave all cows

0.0

1.5

kg Maize fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

kg Crop fed - ave all cows

5.0

5.1

Ave. Supplement used (kgDM/cow/day)

5.0

6.6

SCC

193

160

 

  • Cover has increased this week to 2470kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 50kgDM/ha/day.
  • Cows have grazed 3.6ha/day this is equivalent to a 41 day round of the whole farm or 34 day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (124 ha).
  • Milkers have produced an average of 1.19kgMS/cow, in a significant and prolonged downward slide in the very intense heat.
  • Offering 13kg of grass, has seen cows leaving above target residual, with un-grazed leaf still evident. Heat is the biggest factor in reduced intake and production.  We have mowed ahead of the cows through a number of paddocks to keep residuals under control and try to make grazing easier.  Some mowed grass has also been left behind in most paddocks.
  • Last week’s cow with eczema signs is now suspected Brassica scald. Another appeared yesterday.  The herd has been actively snacking on not-quite-mature Rape leaf from the race as they pass in the last 10 days very noticeably.  We think this is a contributor, but we are taking precautions anyway.
  • Being our best quality feed we are going to try and increase the allocation of turnips to bolster intakes, but want to protect against scald issues. We are now breaking the day’s crop into two allocations.  They have 1/3rd of their crop for an hour, and eat its leaf and a chunk of the bulbs before being allowed access to the rest of their daily crop.  The alternative was to look at on-off grazing the crop in two feeds, with grass in between.  However the time spent on races in shifting would be a nasty task for staff and cows alike.
  • The feed wedge demonstrates a very large sizeable surplus now, with the highest cover we have seen this year. We are actively working to keep cow’s pre-grazing covers in leafy pasture of no more than 3,000kgDM/ha. 
  • To achieve this we are excluding an additional 9ha of the long feed from our grazing round – meaning a total of 22ha of silage shut up. This will be baled in approximately 2 weeks time. Again if growth slows, we can eat this – and we have significant other feed reserves available so we are confident we will be able to feed the herd.  With an inch of rain in the last 7 days and a storm front coming, we can maintain the current pre-grazing with growth of 46kg/day on the remnant grazing area.
  • Turnip crops weights returned at 13TDM/ha for the 2nd wave of Barkant and a monster 16TDM/ha in the clean crop bulb turnips. The last of the early Barkant is being grazed tomorrow, by one herd.
  • Spore counts returned a 10,000 count today. Zinc continues in the Dosatron.

Monday, 22 January 2018


Week ending farm notes

Key figures for week ending

22/01/2018

15/01/2018

Cows in milk

412

417

Ave. KgMS/cow/day

1.31

1.32

kgMS/ha/day

3.64

3.68

Ave. Pasture cover (kgDM/ha)

2390

2267

Ave. Growth rates (kgDM/ha/day)

50

47

Round length (whole farm/grazing area)

50 / 47

42 / 38

Soil temperature (ave. oC  @10cm depth)

22.01

21.84

KgDM Pasture offered Dry/milkers

/ M-12

/ M-12

Kg silage/hay fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Kg PKE fed - ave all cows

1.5

1.4

kg Maize fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

kg Crop fed - ave all cows

5.1

4.0

Ave. Supplement used (kgDM/cow/day)

6.6

5.4

SCC

160

178

  • Cover has increased this week to 2390kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 50kgDM/ha/day.
  • Cows have grazed 2.99ha/day this is equivalent to a 50 day round of the whole farm or 47 day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (137 ha).
  • Milkers have produced an average of 1.31kgMS/cow, holding compared to last week still on OAD. Cows are being observed clustering in the paddocks frequently and despite high levels of grass available.  We think this is due to being bothered by heat and flies.
  • Offering 12kg of grass, though some higher pre-graze paddocks required us slowing down to hit residual. PKE was added back to the first herd for the beginning of the week when we started overnight hold on Turnips to buffer intakes.  This was removed from all herds Monday and will remain out as we try to increase pasture intake and manage the continuation of strong summer growth.
  • The feed wedge demonstrates a sizeable surplus, if we aim to get our round length back under 40 days. We feel this is where we want to be, to ensure that cows are offered the best end of pasture quality.  Herbage samples are indicating that despite high volumes and green appearance, our longer leafy pastures are of very low ME and we would rather be on a faster round – 36 days – and have slightly better quality pasture offered.
  • To achieve this we are excluding 13ha of the poorest quality long feed from our grazing round and this will be baled in 2 weeks time. If growth slows, we can eat this – and we have significant other feed reserves available so we are confident we will be able to feed the herd.
  • Turnip crops were weighed again this week, Pending dry matter confirmation, the 3rd Barkant crop and first Clean Crop Bulb turnip is 12T-12.5TDM.
  • Spore counts returned a 5,000 count, however Zinc continues in the Dosatron. One cow had very mild clinical signs of either Eczema or photosensitisation (scald) from the Turnips.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018


Week ending farm notes

Key figures for week ending

15/01/2018

08/01/2018

Cows in milk

417

417

Ave. KgMS/cow/day

1.31

1.30

kgMS/ha/day

3.68

3.64

Ave. Pasture cover (kgDM/ha)

2267

2190

Ave. Growth rates (kgDM/ha/day)

47

45

Round length (whole farm/grazing area)

42 / 38

39 / 36

Soil temperature (ave. oC  @10cm depth)

0.00

0.00

KgDM Pasture offered Dry/milkers

/ M-12

/ M-14.5

Kg silage/hay fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Kg PKE fed - ave all cows

1.4

3.0

kg Maize fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

kg Crop fed - ave all cows

4.0

1.0

Ave. Supplement used (kgDM/cow/day)

5.4

4.0

SCC

178

151

  • Cover has increased this week to 2267kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 47kgDM/ha/day – the heavier soils on the top block of the farm growing 55-80kg/day. 0mm of rain this week, though the heavier soils on the farm are still enjoying the recent soil moisture top up, with very strong growth and very good quality.
  • Cows have grazed 3.5a/day this is equivalent to a 42 day round of the whole farm or 39 day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (137 ha). Initially offering 14kgof grass lead to higher residuals, so cows were held back in areas with approximately 12kg of grass disappearing instead. 
  • Milkers have produced an average of 1.31kgMS/cow, holding compared to last week still on OAD. Cows took a long time to remember/work out that the Turnip bulbs were not giant pebbles, but a tasty food source. 
  • As encouragement PKE was reduced from 3kg/cow/day for each herd, to 0kg for older cows and 1.75kg/cow/day for younger cows (ad-lib on lanes instead of in the turnip paddock, and roughly 1.75kg/cow disappears/day). Over the weekend both mobs made the connection and scoffed up remaining bulbs and fresh bulb and leaf, on average 4kg/cow/day of crop has been fed this week. This will increase to 5kg/cow/day now and likely see cows “overnighting” in their crop paddocks.
  • Turnip crops were weighed last week, the two mature Barkant crops weighed at 10T and 12.8T. This sounds quite disappointing in yield, but to look at the crops are “big” and had just received a big drink of Rain.  Regardless, at our current yield, we can still feed 5kg/cow/day until March 5th as per plan.  Interim weights on the other 4 paddocks of crop show them at 9-10tDM/ha now and still actively growing.
  • Spore counts remain at a zero spore count, however Zinc continues in the Dosatron.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Week ending farm notes

Key figures for week ending

08/01/2018

01/01/2018

Cows in milk

417

417

Ave. KgMS/cow/day

1.30

1.36

kgMS/ha/day

3.64

3.82

Ave. Pasture cover (kgDM/ha)

2190

2184

Ave. Growth rates (kgDM/ha/day)

45

31

Round length (whole farm/grazing area)

39 / 36

45 / 42

Soil temperature (ave. oC  @10cm depth)

0.00

0.00

KgDM Pasture offered Dry/milkers

/ M-14.5

/ M-15

Kg silage/hay fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Kg PKE fed - ave all cows

3.0

2.0

kg Maize fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

kg Crop fed - ave all cows

1.0

0.0

Ave. Supplement used (kgDM/cow/day)

4.0

2.0

SCC

151

167

  • Cover has increased slightly thus week to 2190kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 45kgDM/ha/day. Cows have grazed 3.6ha/day this is equivalent to a 39 day round of the whole farm or 36 day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (137 ha).
  • 55mm of rain in the week was very welcome and came in slow steady fashion from Wednesday to Saturday. This has bolstered the amount of quality grass in the feed wedge for coming weeks. 
  • Cows have been hitting residual well, though we now question whether they are “stopping” at 1500 for an hour or three before milking. This is reflected in production where despite better looking grass than the week prior, production has dropped further.  Milkers have produced an average of 1.30kgMS/cow/day with the whole herd on OAD with an allocation of approximately 14.5kg of grass/cow/day.
  • PKE levels have averaged 3kg/cow during the week, plus cows have been getting offered turnips for 3 days this week. As of tomorrow their time on crop will extend to 4 hours to give them time to eat the bulbs, plus the same pasture allocation to try and increase total intake. 
  • We feel we have enough feed on farm, to offer more to cows and bolster production with it. Last night one herd looked tight and were moved on to a fresh break and produced more milk, while we can afford to feed them more grass we will endeavour to do so.
  • Spore counts last week, and this week reveal a zero spore count, however Zinc has been added to the dosatron for 10 days.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018


Week ending 03-01-18 farm notes

Key figures for week ending

01/01/2018

25/12/2017

Cows in milk

417

417

Ave. KgMS/cow/day

1.39

1.47

kgMS/ha/day

3.91

4.13

Ave. Pasture cover (kgDM/ha)

2184

2237

Ave. Growth rates (kgDM/ha/day)

31

35

Round length (whole farm/grazing area)

45 / 42

33 / 30

Soil temperature (ave. oC  @10cm depth)

19.68

20.25

KgDM Pasture offered Dry/milkers

/ M 15

/ M-15.5

Kg silage/hay fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Kg PKE fed - ave all cows

2.0

1.0

kg Maize fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

kg Crop fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Ave. Supplement used (kgDM/cow/day)

2.0

1.0

SCC

167

109

  • Cover has decreased this week to 2184kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 31kgDM/ha/day. Cows have grazed 3.3ha/day this is equivalent to a 45 day round of the whole farm or 42 day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (137 ha). 
  • With very long and seedy pre-graze at the top of the wedge last week, cows were held in paddocks until they grazed it satisfactorily. This ensured, residuals that will promote quality regrowth, along with slowing the round considerably.
  • This impacted production somewhat with cows being held to eat poorer quality pasture, as a short term pain for longer term gain.  Milkers have produced an average of 1.39kgMS/cow/day with the whole herd on OAD milking for most of the week.
  • PKE levels have averaged 2kg/cow during the week, and with shorter grass coming through the wedge will increase to 3kg/cow/day in the coming week.
  • Cows have been offered 15kg of grass, and have been forced to graze to residual in challenging quality. 
  • Turnip crops look very strong, as such we will weigh and begin feeding on the 11th4 days earlier than anticipated to help fill the feed hole.
  • Rain throughout the week was sporadic, 2mm, + 4mm + 1mm occurring over the week.  Today has been more fruitful, and the weather looming looks set to give us a good moisture yield.

 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017


Week ending farm notes

Key figures for week ending

25/12/2017

18/12/2017

Cows in milk

417

417

Ave. KgMS/cow/day

1.47

1.54

kgMS/ha/day

4.13

4.33

Ave. Pasture cover (kgDM/ha)

2237

2412

Ave. Growth rates (kgDM/ha/day)

35

53

Round length (whole farm/grazing area)

33 / 30

35 / 32

Soil temperature (ave. oC  @10cm depth)

19.43

19.64

KgDM Pasture offered Dry/milkers

/ M-15.5

/ M-15.5

Kg silage/hay fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Kg PKE fed - ave all cows

1.0

2.5

kg Maize fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

kg Crop fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Ave. Supplement used (kgDM/cow/day)

1.0

2.5

SCC

109

121

  • Cover has decreased this week to 2237kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 35kgDM/ha/day. Cows have grazed 4.5ha/day this is equivalent to a 33 day round of the whole farm or 30day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (137 ha).
  • A week of low supplement levels and below expected growth, has reined in the top end of the feed wedge and opened up the looming deficit we expected in January that would need filling with supplements. There is a week of long cover to carefully work through – and a number of these paddocks will be mowed ahead of cows to demolish the seed in pastures, and where possible have it eaten more easily by cows rather than left as eczema fodder.
  • Milkers have been producing an average of 1.47 kgMS/cow this week ranging from 1.53kg/cow to 1.42kg/cow. Largely dropping through the week as less PKE was offered (1kg/cow/day) and the long grass of poorly quality was consumed.
  • Cows have been offered 15.5kg of grass, and have grazed to residual in challenging quality. Short term pain for long term gain though, as we stretch our resources ahead of us.  The week ahead will see PKE increased to 2kg as we are offering shorter pre-grazing cover, but will be adjusted downward in volume if residuals aren’t met.
  • 2/3rds of the herd are now on OAD milking, with the balance to follow in the next few days. The slow change of chunks of the herd each day has managed the SCC transition nicely.
  • Turnip crops look very strong, as such we will weigh and begin feeding on the 11th 4 days earlier than anticipated to help fill the feed hole.

Monday, 18 December 2017


Week ending farm notes

 

We were very lucky to get 5.8mm of rain overnight. It was very welcome - unfortunately sounds like the distribution of that benefit around the rural areas been quite varied.
As mentioned yesterday the cows were sent back for re-grazing overnight and tidied grass up a lot better in the few paddocks where residuals had crept up. 
We've also had a challenge put to us by a trusted advisor to have a good think about our current position and to react more to where our feed is right now, than worrying 3 months ahead.  Quite fair! 
So, we will drop our PKE usage back to 1kg/cow/day for the next 2 weeks while we still enjoy this growth ahead of us but allocate no more pasture/day - instead force higher utilisation on the herd.
We're going to keep farm walking each week through the holidays, so we can still react to any changes in cover quickly. 

Key figures for week ending

18/12/2017

11/12/2017

Cows in milk

417

417

Ave. KgMS/cow/day

1.54

1.55

kgMS/ha/day

4.33

4.35

Ave. Pasture cover (kgDM/ha)

2412

2351

Ave. Growth rates (kgDM/ha/day)

53

50

Round length (whole farm/grazing area)

35 / 32

33 / 30

Soil temperature (ave. oC  @10cm depth)

19.64

19.94

KgDM Pasture offered Dry/milkers

/ M-15.5

/ M-17

Kg silage/hay fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Kg PKE fed - ave all cows

2.5

1.5

kg Maize fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

kg Crop fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Ave. Supplement used (kgDM/cow/day)

2.5

1.5

SCC

121

102

  • Cover has increased this week to 2412kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 53kgDM/ha/day. Cows have grazed 4.2ha/day this is equivalent to a 35 day round of the whole farm or 32day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (137 ha).  The growth rate has exceeded expectations for the week, particularly at the top end of the wedge (averaging 59kg/day). As such, some paddocks have become longer than we would have anticipated or desired.
  • The feed wedge remains strong, however several paddocks near the top of the wedge have become undesirable to graze due to rapidly changed composition. Cows have largely trampled the feed in the first breaks – despite the fact that these aren’t the longest grass on the farm.  As such these three paddocks (6ha) will be baled into hay and controlled mechanically now.
  • Milkers have been producing an average of 1.54 kgMS/cow this week ranging from 1.51kg/cow to 1.57kg/cow. PKE use this week has increased to an average of 2.5kg/cow.
  • Cows were to be allocated 15.5kg of pasture this week plus PKE at 2.5kg/cow. The pasture allocation has varied between 15.5kg to 16.5kg with the higher allocation resulting in more pasture left in residuals which is having to be back-grazed to correct.
  • The week ahead will see us reduce PKE intake closer to 2kg, this is a deviation from our original budget plan which saw the this feeding regime, controlling PKE at 2kg/cow/day and allocating area to residual on approximately 34 day round.
  • Cow condition is being monitored and remains a concern. There are approximately 70 cows on OAD so far and with the weather and heat stress we are seeing we have decided to protect condition by transitioning the herd to OAD over the next 2 weeks.
  • In anticipation of rain shortly we have applied Nitrogen to the farm at 34kg/ha to 65% of the farm (bulk of the wedge not due to graze in 10 days).
  • The early pregnancy test was completed today and we have at this stage 72% of the herd in-calf to the first 6 weeks of mating. This is equivalent to the result last year.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Week ending farm notes

 

Key figures for week ending

04/12/2017

27/11/2017

Cows in milk

417

417

Ave. KgMS/cow/day

1.52

1.59

kgMS/ha/day

4.30

4.50

Ave. Pasture cover (kgDM/ha)

2383

2258

Ave. Growth rates (kgDM/ha/day)

64

57

Round length (whole farm/grazing area)

40 / 37

27 / 23

Soil temperature (ave. oC  @10cm depth)

19.8

18.6

KgDM Pasture offered Dry/milkers

/ M-18

/ M-17.5

Kg silage/hay fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Kg PKE fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

kg Maize fed - ave all cows

0.0

0.0

Ave. Supplement used (kgDM/cow/day)

0.0

0.0

SCC

97

95

 

  • Cover has increased this week to 2369kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 69kgDM/ha/day. Cows have grazed 3.7ha/day this is equivalent to a 40 day round of the whole farm or 37day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (137 ha).  The large change in rotation occurred as we grazed off the very long silage paddocks. In the coming days we will return to approximately a 30-34 day round of the 137Ha in grass at approx. 4.5-4.0Ha/day.
  • With 70mm of rain in the second half of the week an increase in growth has occurred over last week, however the biggest change in cover comes from the small area of the farm grazed.
  • The feed wedge gives hints of a surplus several weeks out but we are considering the option to defer graze several of the silage paddocks (just eaten this week) for standing hay to manage this if necessary.  Brassica crops are looking fantastic after their drink of rain.
  • Milkers have been producing an average of 1.52 kgMS/cow this week ranging from 1.56kg/cow to 1.48kg/cow. With the heat and the slightly poorer quality grass in the silage paddocks being the biggest influencer of production.  Cows frequently chose to cease grazing and seek shade in the hot weather that occurred – the visible effects of heat stress are difficult to miss at the moment.
  • Cows have been allocated 18kg of pasture this week though disappearance is closer to 17kg/cow/day as most of this week’s pasture was in very long silage paddocks. Residuals in these paddocks was longer than target with a lot of stem left behind, however the tops of all seed/stem has been eaten and all available leaf well foraged. The regrowth is rapid and leafy from the base of the plant and we believe the remnant stem will be manageable by grazing early in the coming round and mown as a last resort.  PKE supplementation did not start in the past week, but will be introduced this week and cows will be offered 17kg of pasture/day

Monday, 4 December 2017


Week ending farm notes

04 December

·        Cover has increased this week to 2369kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 69kgDM/ha/day.  Cows have grazed 3.7ha/day this is equivalent to a 40 day round of the whole farm or 37day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (137 ha). The large change in rotation occurred as we grazed off the very long silage paddocks. In the coming days we will return to approximately a 30-34 day round of the 137Ha in grass at approx. 4.5-4.0Ha/day.

·        With 70mm of rain in the second half of the week an increase in growth has occurred over last week, however the biggest change in cover comes from the small area of the farm grazed. 

·        The feed wedge  gives hints of a surplus several weeks out but we are considering the option to defer graze several of the silage paddocks (just eaten this week) for standing hay to manage this if necessary.  Brassica crops are looking fantastic after their drink of rain.

·       Milkers have been producing an average of 1.52 kgMS/cow this week ranging from 1.56kg/cow to 1.48kg/cow.  With the heat and the slightly poorer quality grass in the silage paddocks being the biggest influencer of production.  Cows frequently chose to cease grazing and seek shade in the hot weather that occurred – the visible effects of heat stress are difficult to miss at the moment.

·       Cows have been allocated 18kg of pasture this week though disappearance is closer to 17kg/cow/day as most of this week’s pasture was in very long silage paddocks.  Residuals in these paddocks was longer than target with a lot of stem left behind, however the tops of all seed/stem has been eaten and all available leaf well foraged. The regrowth is rapid and leafy from the base of the plant and we believe the remnant stem will be manageable by grazing early in the coming round and mown as a last resort.  PKE supplementation did not start in the past week, but will be introduced this week and cows will be offered 17kg of pasture/day

 

Monday, 27 November 2017


Week ending farm notes

 

URL

·        Cover has decreased this week to 2255kgDM/ha with the whole farm growing 57kgDM/ha/day.  Cows have grazed 5.6ha/day this is equivalent to a 27 day round of the whole farm or 23day round of the paddocks held in the grazing round for the last week (127 ha).  11ha were excluded from the wedge for silage, but in the coming week will be grazed off.

·       Cows appear to have been allocated 17.5kg of pasture this week, and on most days have sought any shade available in the heat of the day reducing the amount of time spent grazing.  Milkers have been producing an average of 1.59 kgMS/cow this week ranging from 1.66kg/cow to 1.54kg/cow.  The week ahead will see allocations lifted slightly with the long grass ahead, and introduction of PKE when it fits from Friday onwards at 1kg/cow.

·        With a rapidly drying farm, cows have grazed to just under 1500kgDM/ha twice this week, and closer to 1600kgDM/ha several times as well.  The nature of grass at the moment means accurately predicting the cover is proving a challenge.  As such the decision to eat off our previous surplus is an easy one to make.  Holding the slowest possible round right now is vital to maximise growth.

·        The feed wedge surplus at the top of the wedge is to be eaten in the coming week, and will stretch our round out to 33 days of the area in grass on farm, with all grass paddocks in rotation.  This should create a nice breathing space for the other paddocks on the farm to grow quietly in the current weather.

·        Soil temp has lifted rapidly this week, and considerable areas of the farm are burning off in pasture.  See images attached.

 

 








Load More

Contact Details:

  • Louise Cook
  • Demonstration Manager
  • Owl Farm
  •  +64 7 827 9817
  •  +64 27 808 5777
  •  enquiries@owlfarm.nz

Newsletter Sign-up: