21/01/2019


Week ending farm notes 21-1-19

1 week of regowth below, then silage smaple, then wedge











Milk Production - Week ending 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 Variance
Cow's in milk 403 403 402 402 402 397 +1
Springer herd/dry cows 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Number of cows in big herd 235 235 220 220 220 220 -
Number of cows in small herd 155 155 160 160 160 160 -1
Number of cows in colostrum herd 11 11 21 21 21 21 +10
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 1.60 1.58 1.56 1.56 1.46 1.51 +.09
KgMS/cow YTD 272.00 283.00 296.00 304.00 314.00 324.00 -41
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 4843.00 4066.00 5613.60 4333.40 4072.00 4204.00 +323.8
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 110348.00 114415.00 120007.40 123093.00 127165.00 131369.00 -16264
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 4.70 3.94 4.23 4.20 3.90 4.10 +.5
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 749.00 777.00 814.70 836.00 863.00 892.00 -110
Protein/Fat ratio 0.78 0.75 0.76 0.76 0.75 0.73 +.05
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 143 166 144 143 144 153 -35




Animal Health - Week ending 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 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 3 6 5 3 8 5 +4
Lame cows - YTD 54 60 65 68 76 81 -11
Mastitis - new cases 1 3 2 0 0 0 -2
Mastitis - YTD 38 41 43 43 45 45 -8
Number of cows on penicillin 1 3 2 0 2 2 -
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 45 48 50 50 52 54 -14
Culls - new cases 1 0 0 0 0 0 -
Culls - YTD 13 13 13 13 13 18 -1
Deaths - new cases 0 0 1 0 0 0 -
Deaths - YTD 7 7 8 8 8 8 -




Pasture Production - Week ending 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2184 2234 2461 2024 1986 2083 +117
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 81 68 75 67 51 45 +23
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1500 1520 1520 1500 1475 1530 +40
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 3050 2900 3000 2900 2800 2720 +120
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 6.63 5.30 5.90 5.60 5.80 4.50 +.04
Round length 22 27 25 26 26 33 -
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.30 -.7
PKE YTD 77.90 77.90 77.90 77.90 77.90 84.00 -30.7
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) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.00 -1
Silage usage YTD 131.50 131.50 131.50 131.50 131.50 138.00 +49.2
Silage Harvested Tonnes (DM) 196.00 206.00 206.00 272.00 272.00 272.00 -13.6
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 3.50 14.00 21.00 21.00 31.50 64.80 +2.1
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 213.80 219.50 227.90 236.30 249.00 274.70 -98.7


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 20/12/2018 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 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 % 23.60 KgN/ 5.00 % 5.00 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 90.80 90.80 90.80 90.80 90.80 91.90 -
GA applied (20gm/ha) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Effluent applied            
Effluent Applied y/n N Y Y Y N Y -
Paddocks effluent applied 0 33 3 16 3 27
Application Depth (mm) 0.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 -




Climate - Week ending 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 8/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 18.80 18.83 19.74 19.74 20.24 18.60 -1.66
Rainfall 71.00 35.00 0.00 0.00 15.00 8.80 +8.6
Rainfall Season-to-Date 853.60 888.60 888.60 888.60 903.60 919.40 -3.2
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 22.70 21.78 24.05 24.05 22.78 21.50 -2.95
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 35.50 35.05 30.10 30.10 27.76 33.60 +8.56


















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