13/11/2018


Week ending farm notes

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

 











Milk Production - Week ending 8/10/2018 8/10/2018 23/10/2018 29/10/2018 5/11/2018 13/11/2018 Variance
Cow's in milk 407 406 406 406 406 405 -1
Springer herd/dry cows 2 0 0 0 0 1 +1
Number of cows in big herd 250 242 250 250 245 245 -
Number of cows in small herd 150 143 145 145 150 150 -
Number of cows in colostrum herd 9 17 8 8 7 13 +6
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 3 3 3 3 4 0 -4
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 2.02 2.02 2.04 2.05 1.93 1.87 -.06
KgMS/cow YTD 145.00 158.00 172.00 186.00 199.00 212.00 +13
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 5648.00 5559.00 5604.80 5700.70 5370.00 5243.00 -127
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 58550.00 64109.00 69714.00 75414.00 80784.00 86027.00 +5243
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 5.50 5.40 5.44 5.53 5.20 5.10 -.1
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 397.00 435.00 473.00 512.00 548.00 584.00 +36
Protein/Fat ratio 0.77 0.76 0.77 0.79 0.77 0.77 -
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 148 139 146 147 140 115 -25




Animal Health - Week ending 2/10/2018 8/10/2018 16/10/2018 23/10/2018 29/10/2018 5/11/2018 Variance
BCS (average whole herd) 4.40 4.40 4.40 4.20 4.20 4.20 -
BCS (average heifers) 4.26 4.26 4.26 4.08 4.08 4.08 -
Treatment/sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lame cows - new cases 3 4 1 0 2 0 -
Lame cows - YTD 41 45 46 46 48 48 -
Mastitis - new cases 0 5 2 3 1 1 -
Mastitis - YTD 21 26 28 31 32 33 -
Number of cows on penicillin 1 5 2 3 1 1 -
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 28 33 35 38 39 39 -
Culls - new cases 0 0 4 0 0 0 -
Culls - YTD 8 8 12 12 12 12 -
Deaths - new cases 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Deaths - YTD 4 4 4 5 5 5 -




Pasture Production - Week ending 8/10/2018 16/10/2018 23/10/2018 29/10/2018 5/11/2018 13/11/2018 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2185 2263 2267 2417 2093 2167 +74
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 74 74 69 79 77 68 -9
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1500 1480 1480 1450 1520 1500 -20
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 2900 3000 3000 3050 3000 3000 -
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 6.11 7.02 6.70 6.70 6.66 6.17 -.49
Round length 24 21 22 22 22 24 +2
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 8/10/2018 16/10/2018 23/10/2018 29/10/2018 5/11/2018 13/11/2018 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 -.4
PKE YTD 76.20 76.20 76.20 76.20 77.90 77.90 -
Average maize (kg/cow/day) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Maize YTD 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Average silage (kg/cow/day) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Silage usage YTD 131.80 131.80 131.80 131.80 131.80 131.80 -
Silage Harvested Tonnes (DM) 70.00 70.00 70.00 70.00 150.00 150.00 -
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 3.00 0.00 -3
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 210.20 210.20 210.20 210.20 212.40 212.40 -


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 8/10/2018 16/10/2018 23/10/2018 29/10/2018 5/11/2018 13/11/2018 Variance
kgN applied per ha/% of farm 23.60 KgN/ 26.20 % 46.00 KgN/ 3.80 % 26.30 KgN/ 28.20 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 22.30 KgN/ 28.20 % 28.20 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 59.50 61.30 68.70 68.70 68.70 77.60 +8.9
GA applied (20gm/ha) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Effluent applied            
Effluent Applied y/n Y N N N N Y -
Paddocks effluent applied 14 17
Application Depth (mm) 18.00 18.00 -




Climate - Week ending 16/10/2018 23/10/2018 29/10/2018 30/10/2018 5/11/2018 13/11/2018 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 11.83 13.29 14.24 0.00 13.16 15.90 +2.74
Rainfall 41.00 0.00 19.40 0.00 26.40 5.20 -21.2
Rainfall Season-to-Date 557.00 557.00 576.40 557.00 602.80 608.00 +5.2
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 15.54 16.36 16.59 0.00 16.17 18.63 +2.46
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 34.50 32.00 29.48 0.00 34.96 31.94 -3.02


















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  • Louise Cook
  • Demonstration Manager
  • Owl Farm
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