14/01/2019


Week ending farm notes:











Milk Production - Week ending 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 Variance
Cow's in milk 404 403 403 402 402 402 +235
Springer herd/dry cows 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Number of cows in big herd 235 235 235 220 220 220 +57
Number of cows in small herd 155 155 155 160 160 160 +160
Number of cows in colostrum herd 12 11 11 21 21 21 +21
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 -4
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 1.61 1.60 1.58 1.56 1.56 1.46 +.52
KgMS/cow YTD 261.00 272.00 283.00 296.00 304.00 314.00 -99
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 4518.00 4843.00 4066.00 5613.60 4333.40 4072.00 +2818.5
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 105506.00 110348.00 114415.00 120007.40 123093.00 127165.00 -40122
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 4.40 4.70 3.94 4.23 4.20 3.90 +2.53
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 716.00 749.00 777.00 814.70 836.00 863.00 -273
Protein/Fat ratio 0.76 0.78 0.75 0.76 0.76 0.75 +.07
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 145 143 166 144 143 144 -162




Animal Health - Week ending 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 Variance
BCS (average whole herd) 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 -.1
BCS (average heifers) 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 -.1
Treatment/sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lame cows - new cases 1 3 6 5 3 8 +7
Lame cows - YTD 51 54 60 65 68 76 -29
Mastitis - new cases 1 1 3 2 0 0 -
Mastitis - YTD 37 38 41 43 43 45 -32
Number of cows on penicillin 1 1 3 2 0 2 +2
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 44 45 48 50 50 52 -41
Culls - new cases 0 1 0 0 0 0 -1
Culls - YTD 12 13 13 13 13 13 -66
Deaths - new cases 1 0 0 1 0 0 -
Deaths - YTD 7 7 7 8 8 8 -




Pasture Production - Week ending 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2070 2184 2234 2461 2024 1986 -52
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 77 81 68 75 67 51 +33
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1520 1500 1520 1520 1500 1475 +25
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 3100 3050 2900 3000 2900 2800 +100
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 6.34 6.63 5.30 5.90 5.60 5.80 +4.02
Round length 23 22 27 25 26 26 -57
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -2.7
PKE YTD 77.90 77.90 77.90 77.90 77.90 77.90 -86.5
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 -3.9
Silage usage YTD 131.50 131.50 131.50 131.50 131.50 131.50 -172
Silage Harvested Tonnes (DM) 196.00 196.00 206.00 206.00 272.00 272.00 +2
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 0.00 3.50 14.00 21.00 21.00 31.50 -14.5
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 212.40 213.80 219.50 227.90 236.30 249.00 -324


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 11/12/2018 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 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 % -50.00 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 90.80 90.80 90.80 90.80 90.80 90.80 -24.3
GA applied (20gm/ha) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Effluent applied            
Effluent Applied y/n Y N Y Y Y N -
Paddocks effluent applied 28 0 33 3 16 3
Application Depth (mm) 18.00 0.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 -




Climate - Week ending 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 8/01/2019 14/01/2019 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 19.02 18.80 18.83 19.74 19.74 20.24 +6.75
Rainfall 78.40 71.00 35.00 0.00 0.00 15.00 -1.6
Rainfall Season-to-Date 822.60 853.60 888.60 888.60 888.60 903.60 -96.8
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 21.40 22.70 21.78 24.05 24.05 22.78 +7.49
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 36.28 35.50 35.05 30.10 30.10 27.76 +.71


















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