16/10/2017


Week ending farm notes:











Milk Production - Week ending 11/09/2017 18/09/2017 25/09/2017 2/10/2017 9/10/2017 16/10/2017 Variance
Cow's in milk 408 419 420 419 419 418 -2
Springer herd/dry cows 13 2 1 2 2 3 +2
Number of cows in big herd 225 240 245 250 250 256 +16
Number of cows in small herd 161 160 165 150 150 160 -
Number of cows in colostrum herd 6 5 1 0 0 0 -5
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 17 18 9 22 19 2 -16
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 2.00 2.00 1.97 1.93 1.95 1.93 -.07
KgMS/cow YTD 86.00 100.00 113.00 126.00 139.00 152.00 +52
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 5354.00 5573.00 5549.00 5452.00 5544.00 5475.00 -98
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 36311.00 41853.00 47402.00 52854.00 58398.00 63873.00 +22020
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 5.50 5.40 5.40 5.30 5.40 5.30 -.1
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 245.00 282.00 319.00 356.00 394.00 430.00 +148
Protein/Fat ratio 0.73 0.72 0.73 0.73 0.73 0.74 +.02
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 109 100 109 112 113 99 -1




Animal Health - Week ending 11/09/2017 18/09/2017 25/09/2017 2/10/2017 9/10/2017 16/10/2017 Variance
BCS (average whole herd) 4.32 4.16 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 -
BCS (average heifers) 4.21 4.21 3.78 3.78 3.78 3.78 -
Treatment/sick herd 0 0 4 4 4 4 0
Lame cows - new cases 3 7 18 0 1 1 -
Lame cows - YTD 30 37 55 55 56 57 +1
Mastitis - new cases 2 3 1 2 0 0 -
Mastitis - YTD 27 30 31 33 33 33 -
Number of cows on penicillin 2 3 1 2 0 0 -
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 24 27 28 30 30 30 -
Culls - new cases 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Culls - YTD 18 18 18 18 18 18 -
Deaths - new cases 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Deaths - YTD 3 3 3 3 3 3 -




Pasture Production - Week ending 11/09/2017 18/09/2017 25/09/2017 2/10/2017 9/10/2017 16/10/2017 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2326 2331 2171 2228 2373 2486 +113
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 54 64 57 68 78 87 +9
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1525 1550 1525 1550 1500 1450 -50
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 3024 3006 2942 3062 3500 3700 +200
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 5.60 6.20 6.00 5.80 5.50 5.00 -.5
Round length 26 23 18 23 27 28 +1
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 11/09/2017 18/09/2017 25/09/2017 2/10/2017 9/10/2017 16/10/2017 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.00 1.00 0.20 -.8
PKE YTD 70.70 75.20 81.00 86.90 89.90 90.50 +.6
Average maize (kg/cow/day) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Maize YTD 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.00 11.00 -
Average silage (kg/cow/day) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Silage usage YTD 74.30 74.30 74.30 74.30 74.30 74.30 -
Silage Harvested Tonnes (DM) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 7.00 10.50 14.00 14.00 7.00 1.40 -5.6
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 156.00 160.40 166.30 172.20 175.20 175.80 +.6


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 11/09/2017 18/09/2017 25/09/2017 2/10/2017 9/10/2017 16/10/2017 Variance
kgN applied per ha/% of farm 21.60 KgN/ 51.20 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 25.20 KgN/ 24.70 % 27.60 KgN/ 19.20 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 0.00 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 48.50 48.50 52.90 58.20 58.20 58.20 -
GA applied (20gm/ha) 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 -
Effluent applied            
Effluent Applied y/n Y Y Y Y Y Y -
Paddocks effluent applied 27 26 24 25 37 18 -19
Application Depth (mm) 12.00 12.00 15.00 15.00 12.00 12.00 -




Climate - Week ending 18/09/2017 25/09/2017 2/10/2017 9/10/2017 13/10/2017 16/10/2017 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 12.20 11.40 12.80 14.11 0.00 13.30 +13.3
Rainfall 50.20 45.60 54.20 16.40 0.00 5.80 +5.8
Rainfall Season-to-Date 461.60 507.20 561.40 577.80 561.40 583.60 +22.2
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 12.48 12.84 13.90 14.20 0.00 14.60 +14.6
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 36.02 34.83 34.80 34.55 0.00 34.11 +34.11

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