18/09/2018


Week ending farm notes 17-09-18











Milk Production - Week ending 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 Variance
Cow's in milk 348 348 361 378 401 407 +2
Springer herd/dry cows 61 61 48 31 8 2 +1
Number of cows in big herd 221 216 22 222 249 250 +5
Number of cows in small herd 108 121 124 124 129 135 -15
Number of cows in colostrum herd 18 10 7 14 23 22 +9
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 2 2 10 18 2 2 +2
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 2.09 2.18 2.23 2.19 2.12 2.09 +.22
KgMS/cow YTD 35.00 48.00 61.00 74.00 88.00 102.00 -110
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 4608.00 4987.00 5238.00 5445.00 5573.80 5743.40 +500.4
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 14286.00 19273.00 24512.00 29957.00 35531.00 41274.00 -44753
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 4.40 4.80 5.00 5.20 5.37 5.53 +.43
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 96.00 130.00 165.00 202.00 239.00 278.00 -306
Protein/Fat ratio 0.71 0.70 0.70 0.74 0.74 0.75 -.02
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 177 162 163 162 150 159 +44




Animal Health - Week ending 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 Variance
BCS (average whole herd) 4.60 4.95 4.60 4.50 4.40 4.40 +.2
BCS (average heifers) 5.00 4.95 4.26 4.26 4.26 4.26 +.18
Treatment/sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lame cows - new cases 0 0 3 9 9 2 +2
Lame cows - YTD 12 13 16 25 34 36 -12
Mastitis - new cases 2 0 0 2 2 1 -
Mastitis - YTD 15 15 15 17 19 20 -13
Number of cows on penicillin 0 2 0 2 2 1 -
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 19 21 21 23 25 26 -13
Culls - new cases 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Culls - YTD 8 8 8 8 8 8 -4
Deaths - new cases 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Deaths - YTD 4 4 4 4 4 4 -1




Pasture Production - Week ending 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2217 2244 2267 2263 2230 2296 +129
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 35 42 50 50 49 61 -7
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1450 1450 1525 1525 1450 1490 -10
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 3200 3200 3050 3201 2900 2890 -110
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 3.20 3.70 4.00 4.86 5.20 5.95 -.22
Round length 46 40 37 31 29 25 +1
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 2.30 1.80 1.70 0.50 0.25 0.00 -
PKE YTD 63.50 68.80 73.70 73.70 75.30 76.20 -1.7
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) 3.50 2.00 0.60 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Silage usage YTD 124.30 130.10 131.80 131.80 131.80 131.80 -
Silage Harvested Tonnes (DM) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -150
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 40.30 27.00 16.30 3.80 2.20 0.00 -
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 190.00 201.10 207.70 209.30 210.20 210.20 -2.2


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 13/08/2018 20/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 Variance
kgN applied per ha/% of farm -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 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % -28.20 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 32.20 35.30 37.70 38.00 41.90 41.90 -35.7
GA applied (20gm/ha) 8.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Effluent applied            
Effluent Applied y/n N Y Y Y Y Y -
Paddocks effluent applied 0 28 15 26 23 38 +21
Application Depth (mm) 0.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 -




Climate - Week ending 13/08/2018 21/08/2018 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 9.18 10.77 9.45 11.02 9.88 12.38 -3.52
Rainfall 20.40 28.00 43.00 57.00 8.80 0.00 -5.2
Rainfall Season-to-Date 439.20 375.80 418.80 475.80 484.60 484.60 -123.4
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 9.59 10.53 11.76 12.97 12.81 13.79 -4.84
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 36.48 36.42 36.83 37.10 35.35 31.16 -.78


















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