28/01/2019


Week ending farm notes 28-1-19











Milk Production - Week ending 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 28/01/2019 Variance
Cow's in milk 403 402 402 402 397 397 +230
Springer herd/dry cows 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Number of cows in big herd 235 220 220 220 220 220 +57
Number of cows in small herd 155 160 160 160 160 160 +160
Number of cows in colostrum herd 11 21 21 21 21 17 +17
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 -4
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 1.58 1.56 1.56 1.46 1.51 1.59 +.65
KgMS/cow YTD 283.00 296.00 304.00 314.00 324.00 335.00 -78
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 4066.00 5613.60 4333.40 4072.00 4204.00 4393.00 +3139.5
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 114415.00 120007.40 123093.00 127165.00 131369.00 135763.00 -31524
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 3.94 4.23 4.20 3.90 4.10 4.30 +2.93
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 777.00 814.70 836.00 863.00 892.00 922.00 -214
Protein/Fat ratio 0.75 0.76 0.76 0.75 0.73 0.70 +.02
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 166 144 143 144 153 143 -163




Animal Health - Week ending 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 28/01/2019 Variance
BCS (average whole herd) 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.00 -.2
BCS (average heifers) 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.10 4.00 -.2
Treatment/sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lame cows - new cases 6 5 3 8 5 4 +3
Lame cows - YTD 60 65 68 76 81 85 -20
Mastitis - new cases 3 2 0 0 0 2 +2
Mastitis - YTD 41 43 43 45 45 47 -30
Number of cows on penicillin 3 2 0 2 2 2 +2
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 48 50 50 52 54 56 -37
Culls - new cases 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1
Culls - YTD 13 13 13 13 18 18 -61
Deaths - new cases 0 1 0 0 0 0 -
Deaths - YTD 7 8 8 8 8 8 -




Pasture Production - Week ending 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 28/01/2019 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2234 2461 2024 1986 2083 2164 +126
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 68 75 67 51 45 45 +27
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1520 1520 1500 1475 1530 1490 +40
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 2900 3000 2900 2800 2720 2800 +100
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 5.30 5.90 5.60 5.80 4.50 4.10 +2.32
Round length 27 25 26 26 33 36 -47
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 28/01/2019 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2.30 2.70 -
PKE YTD 77.90 77.90 77.90 77.90 84.00 91.50 -72.9
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 2.00 2.50 -1.4
Silage usage YTD 131.50 131.50 131.50 131.50 138.00 144.90 -158.6
Silage Harvested Tonnes (DM) 206.00 206.00 272.00 272.00 272.00 272.00 +2
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 14.00 21.00 21.00 31.50 64.80 64.40 +18.4
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 219.50 227.90 236.30 249.00 274.70 300.30 -272.7


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 24/12/2018 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 28/01/2019 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 % 23.60 KgN/ 5.00 % 0.00 KgN/ 0.00 % -50.00 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 90.80 90.80 90.80 90.80 91.90 91.90 -23.2
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 33 3 16 3 27 29
Application Depth (mm) 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 18.00 -




Climate - Week ending 3/01/2019 7/01/2019 8/01/2019 14/01/2019 21/01/2019 28/01/2019 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 18.83 19.74 19.74 20.24 18.60 19.22 +5.73
Rainfall 35.00 0.00 0.00 15.00 8.80 3.00 -13.6
Rainfall Season-to-Date 888.60 888.60 888.60 903.60 919.40 922.40 -78
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 21.78 24.05 24.05 22.78 21.50 21.06 +5.77
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 35.05 30.10 30.10 27.76 33.60 31.05 +4


















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