11/09/2018


Week ending farm notes 11-09-18

4 more cows to calve!!











Milk Production - Week ending 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 Variance
Cow's in milk 331 348 348 361 378 401 -1
Springer herd/dry cows 78 61 61 48 31 8 +8
Number of cows in big herd 509 221 216 22 222 249 +29
Number of cows in small herd 104 108 121 124 124 129 -31
Number of cows in colostrum herd 14 18 10 7 14 23 +2
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 6 2 2 10 18 2 +2
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 1.99 2.09 2.18 2.23 2.19 2.12 +.66
KgMS/cow YTD 24.00 35.00 48.00 61.00 74.00 88.00 +54
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 3977.00 4608.00 4987.00 5238.00 5445.00 5573.80 +1501.8
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 9678.00 14286.00 19273.00 24512.00 29957.00 35531.00 -91634
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 3.80 4.40 4.80 5.00 5.20 5.37 +1.47
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 65.00 96.00 130.00 165.00 202.00 239.00 -624
Protein/Fat ratio 0.71 0.71 0.70 0.70 0.74 0.74 -.01
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 189 177 162 163 162 150 +6




Animal Health - Week ending 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 Variance
BCS (average whole herd) 4.70 4.60 4.95 4.60 4.50 4.40 +.3
BCS (average heifers) 5.25 5.00 4.95 4.26 4.26 4.26 +.16
Treatment/sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lame cows - new cases 2 0 0 3 9 9 +1
Lame cows - YTD 12 12 13 16 25 34 -42
Mastitis - new cases 6 2 0 0 2 2 +2
Mastitis - YTD 13 15 15 15 17 19 -26
Number of cows on penicillin 1 0 2 0 2 2 -
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 17 19 21 21 23 25 -27
Culls - new cases 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Culls - YTD 8 8 8 8 8 8 -5
Deaths - new cases 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Deaths - YTD 4 4 4 4 4 4 -4




Pasture Production - Week ending 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2236 2217 2244 2267 2263 2230 +244
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 27 35 42 50 50 49 -2
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1350 1450 1450 1525 1525 1450 -25
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 3600 3200 3200 3050 3201 2900 +100
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 2.20 3.20 3.70 4.00 4.86 5.20 -.6
Round length 67 46 40 37 31 29 +3
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 2.40 2.30 1.80 1.70 0.50 0.25 +.25
PKE YTD 57.10 63.50 68.80 73.70 73.70 75.30 -2.6
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) 3.20 3.50 2.00 0.60 0.00 0.00 -
Silage usage YTD 114.30 124.30 130.10 131.80 131.80 131.80 +.3
Silage Harvested Tonnes (DM) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -272
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 39.20 40.30 27.00 16.30 3.80 2.20 -29.3
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 173.60 190.00 201.10 207.70 209.30 210.20 -38.8


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 20/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 Variance
kgN applied per ha/% of farm 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 % 24.00 KgN/ 16.20 % 16.20 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 29.20 32.20 35.30 37.70 38.00 41.90 -48.9
GA applied (20gm/ha) 0.00 8.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Effluent applied            
Effluent Applied y/n N N Y Y Y Y -
Paddocks effluent applied 0 0 28 15 26 23 +20
Application Depth (mm) 0.00 0.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 -




Climate - Week ending 6/08/2018 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 10.40 9.18 10.77 9.45 11.02 9.88 -10.36
Rainfall 42.00 20.40 28.00 43.00 57.00 8.80 -6.2
Rainfall Season-to-Date 321.00 439.20 375.80 418.80 475.80 484.60 -419
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 10.02 9.59 10.53 11.76 12.97 12.81 -9.97
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 36.49 36.48 36.42 36.83 37.10 35.35 +7.59


















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