2/10/2018


Week ending farm notes 01-10-18











Milk Production - Week ending 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 25/09/2018 2/10/2018 Variance
Cow's in milk 361 378 401 407 407 407 +2
Springer herd/dry cows 48 31 8 2 2 2 +1
Number of cows in big herd 22 222 249 250 250 250 +5
Number of cows in small herd 124 124 129 135 145 150 -
Number of cows in colostrum herd 7 14 23 22 9 9 -4
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 10 18 2 2 3 3 +3
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 2.23 2.19 2.12 2.09 2.08 2.05 +.18
KgMS/cow YTD 61.00 74.00 88.00 102.00 116.00 131.00 -81
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 5238.00 5445.00 5573.80 5743.40 5850.00 5807.40 +564.4
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 24512.00 29957.00 35531.00 41274.00 47124.00 52901.00 -33126
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 5.00 5.20 5.37 5.53 5.63 5.59 +.49
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 165.00 202.00 239.00 278.00 318.00 356.00 -228
Protein/Fat ratio 0.70 0.74 0.74 0.75 0.77 0.76 -.01
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 163 162 150 159 141 152 +37




Animal Health - Week ending 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 25/09/2018 2/10/2018 Variance
BCS (average whole herd) 4.60 4.50 4.40 4.40 4.40 4.40 +.2
BCS (average heifers) 4.26 4.26 4.26 4.26 4.26 4.26 +.18
Treatment/sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lame cows - new cases 3 9 9 2 2 3 +3
Lame cows - YTD 16 25 34 36 38 41 -7
Mastitis - new cases 0 2 2 1 1 0 -1
Mastitis - YTD 15 17 19 20 21 21 -12
Number of cows on penicillin 0 2 2 1 1 1 -
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 21 23 25 26 27 28 -11
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 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 25/09/2018 2/10/2018 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2267 2263 2230 2296 2444 2011 -156
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 50 50 49 61 74 60 -8
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1525 1525 1450 1490 1500 1500 -
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 3050 3201 2900 2890 3050 3000 -
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 4.00 4.86 5.20 5.95 6.22 6.03 -.14
Round length 37 31 29 25 24 25 +1
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 25/09/2018 2/10/2018 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 1.70 0.50 0.25 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
PKE YTD 73.70 73.70 75.30 76.20 76.20 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) 0.60 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) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 70.00 -80
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 16.30 3.80 2.20 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 207.70 209.30 210.20 210.20 210.20 210.20 -2.2


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 25/09/2018 2/10/2018 Variance
kgN applied per ha/% of farm 24.00 KgN/ 17.00 % 24.00 KgN/ 1.50 % 24.00 KgN/ 16.20 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 24.60 KgN/ 25.70 % 28.40 KgN/ 18.30 % -9.90 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 37.70 38.00 41.90 41.90 48.20 53.50 -24.1
GA applied (20gm/ha) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Effluent applied            
Effluent Applied y/n Y Y Y Y Y Y -
Paddocks effluent applied 15 26 23 38 31 37 +20
Application Depth (mm) 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 -




Climate - Week ending 27/08/2018 4/09/2018 11/09/2018 18/09/2018 25/09/2018 2/10/2018 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 9.45 11.02 9.88 12.38 13.94 10.50 -5.4
Rainfall 43.00 57.00 8.80 0.00 15.00 8.40 +3.2
Rainfall Season-to-Date 418.80 475.80 484.60 484.60 499.60 508.00 -100
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 11.76 12.97 12.81 13.79 14.87 13.57 -5.06
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 36.83 37.10 35.35 31.16 28.75 32.15 +.21


















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