4/09/2018


Week ending farm notes 04-09-18











Milk Production - Week ending 31/07/2018 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 Variance
Cow's in milk 301 331 348 348 361 378 -27
Springer herd/dry cows 108 78 61 61 48 31 +30
Number of cows in big herd 250 509 221 216 22 222 -23
Number of cows in small herd 0 104 108 121 124 124 -26
Number of cows in colostrum herd 42 14 18 10 7 14 +1
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 4 6 2 2 10 18 +18
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 2.06 1.99 2.09 2.18 2.23 2.19 +.32
KgMS/cow YTD 14.00 24.00 35.00 48.00 61.00 74.00 -138
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 3402.00 3977.00 4608.00 4987.00 5238.00 5445.00 +202
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 5701.00 9678.00 14286.00 19273.00 24512.00 29957.00 -56070
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 2.90 3.80 4.40 4.80 5.00 5.20 +.1
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 38.00 65.00 96.00 130.00 165.00 202.00 -382
Protein/Fat ratio 0.72 0.71 0.71 0.70 0.70 0.74 -.03
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 193 189 177 162 163 162 +47




Animal Health - Week ending 31/07/2018 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 Variance
BCS (average whole herd) 5.00 4.70 4.60 4.95 4.60 4.50 +.3
BCS (average heifers) 5.50 5.25 5.00 4.95 4.26 4.26 +.18
Treatment/sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lame cows - new cases 6 2 0 0 3 9 +9
Lame cows - YTD 10 12 12 13 16 25 -23
Mastitis - new cases 4 6 2 0 0 2 +1
Mastitis - YTD 7 13 15 15 15 17 -16
Number of cows on penicillin 1 1 0 2 0 2 +1
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 10 17 19 21 21 23 -16
Culls - new cases 1 0 0 0 0 0 -
Culls - YTD 8 8 8 8 8 8 -4
Deaths - new cases 2 0 0 0 0 0 -
Deaths - YTD 4 4 4 4 4 4 -1




Pasture Production - Week ending 31/07/2018 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2222 2236 2217 2244 2267 2263 +96
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 27 27 35 42 50 50 -18
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1325 1350 1450 1450 1525 1525 +25
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 3800 3600 3200 3200 3050 3201 +201
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 2.00 2.20 3.20 3.70 4.00 4.86 -1.31
Round length 74 67 46 40 37 31 +7
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 31/07/2018 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 1.80 2.40 2.30 1.80 1.70 0.50 +.5
PKE YTD 50.20 57.10 63.50 68.80 73.70 73.70 -4.2
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) 3.00 3.20 3.50 2.00 0.60 0.00 -
Silage usage YTD 105.20 114.30 124.30 130.10 131.80 131.80 -
Silage Harvested Tonnes (DM) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -150
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 33.60 39.20 40.30 27.00 16.30 3.80 +3.8
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 157.50 173.60 190.00 201.10 207.70 209.30 -3.1


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 31/07/2018 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 20/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 Variance
kgN applied per ha/% of farm 24.80 KgN/ 11.50 % 23.80 KgN/ 21.20 % -25.00 KgN/ 12.10 % 25.00 KgN/ 12.10 % 24.00 KgN/ 17.00 % 24.00 KgN/ 1.50 % -26.70 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 24.00 29.20 32.20 35.30 37.70 38.00 -39.6
GA applied (20gm/ha) 7.00 0.00 8.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Effluent applied            
Effluent Applied y/n N N N Y Y Y -
Paddocks effluent applied 0 0 0 28 15 26 +9
Application Depth (mm) 0.00 0.00 0.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 -




Climate - Week ending 31/07/2018 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 9.00 10.40 9.18 10.77 9.45 11.02 -4.88
Rainfall 15.60 42.00 20.40 28.00 43.00 57.00 +51.8
Rainfall Season-to-Date 279.00 321.00 439.20 375.80 418.80 475.80 -132.2
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 9.13 10.02 9.59 10.53 11.76 12.97 -5.66
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 0.00 36.49 36.48 36.42 36.83 37.10 +5.16


















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