3/01/2019


Week ending farm notes











Milk Production - Week ending 27/11/2018 3/12/2018 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 Variance
Cow's in milk 406 405 404 403 403 402 +402
Springer herd/dry cows 0 1 0 0 0 0 -422
Number of cows in big herd 240 235 235 235 235 220 +220
Number of cows in small herd 155 155 155 155 155 160 +160
Number of cows in colostrum herd 13 12 12 11 11 21 +21
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 1.82 1.70 1.61 1.60 1.58 1.56 +1.56
KgMS/cow YTD 238.00 249.00 261.00 272.00 283.00 296.00 -121
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 5151.00 4791.60 4518.00 4843.00 4066.00 5613.60 +5613.6
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 96211.00 101002.00 105506.00 110348.00 114415.00 120007.40 -49351.6
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 5.00 4.65 4.40 4.70 3.94 4.23 +4.23
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 653.00 686.00 716.00 749.00 777.00 814.70 -335.3
Protein/Fat ratio 0.79 0.79 0.76 0.78 0.75 0.76 +.76
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 125 132 145 143 166 144 +144




Animal Health - Week ending 27/11/2018 3/12/2018 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 Variance
BCS (average whole herd) 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 -.42
BCS (average heifers) 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 -.42
Treatment/sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lame cows - new cases 0 2 1 3 6 5 +5
Lame cows - YTD 48 50 51 54 60 65 -40
Mastitis - new cases 0 2 1 1 3 2 +1
Mastitis - YTD 33 36 37 38 41 43 -35
Number of cows on penicillin 0 2 1 1 3 2 +1
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 39 43 44 45 48 50 -45
Culls - new cases 0 0 0 1 0 0 -
Culls - YTD 12 12 12 13 13 13 -66
Deaths - new cases 0 1 2 0 0 1 +1
Deaths - YTD 5 6 8 8 8 9 -




Pasture Production - Week ending 27/11/2018 3/12/2018 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2194 2328 2070 2184 2234 2461 +135
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 80 87 77 81 68 75 +28
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1520 1520 1520 1500 1520 1520 +70
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 2970 2880 3100 3050 2900 3000 -750
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 6.63 6.68 6.34 6.63 5.30 5.90 +3.75
Round length 22 21 23 22 27 25 -44
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 27/11/2018 3/12/2018 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -2.2
PKE YTD 77.90 77.90 77.90 77.90 77.90 77.90 -114.1
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 -2
Silage usage YTD 131.50 131.50 131.50 131.50 131.50 131.50 -207.5
Silage Harvested Tonnes (DM) 154.00 154.00 196.00 196.00 206.00 206.00 -64
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 0.00 0.00 0.00 3.50 14.00 21.00 -8.3
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 212.40 212.40 212.40 213.80 219.50 227.90 -408.2


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 27/11/2018 3/12/2018 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 Variance
kgN applied per ha/% of farm 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % -28.60 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 90.80 90.80 90.80 90.80 90.80 90.80 -33.9
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 N Y Y -
Paddocks effluent applied 3 31 28 0 33 3 -40
Application Depth (mm) 18.00 18.00 18.00 0.00 18.00 18.00 -




Climate - Week ending 27/11/2018 3/12/2018 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 13.78 17.72 16.49 19.02 18.80 18.83 +4.32
Rainfall 58.20 33.00 40.80 78.40 71.00 35.00 +22.4
Rainfall Season-to-Date 670.40 703.40 744.20 822.60 853.60 888.60 -163
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 17.30 19.12 19.99 21.40 22.70 21.78 +7.58
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 32.22 35.22 35.98 36.28 35.50 35.05 +3.28


















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