11/03/2019


Week ending farm notes 11-03-19











Milk Production - Week ending 5/02/2019 12/02/2019 18/02/2019 25/02/2019 4/03/2019 11/03/2019 Variance
Cow's in milk 397 396 396 396 349 349 -28
Springer herd/dry cows 0 0 0 0 0 0 -30
Number of cows in big herd 220 220 220 220 204 204 -19
Number of cows in small herd 165 165 161 161 130 130 -10
Number of cows in colostrum herd 12 11 11 11 15 15 +1
Number of Cows in the Treatment/Sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
KgMS/cow/day (cows in the vat only) 1.47 1.44 1.42 1.33 1.27 1.19 -.91
KgMS/cow YTD 345.00 355.00 365.00 374.00 380.00 388.00 +341
Milk production for week ending (kgMS) 4076.00 3952.00 3880.20 3635.00 2711.00 2295.00 -2166.3
Total milk production - YTD (kgMS) 139801.00 143753.00 147633.00 151268.00 153983.00 157278.00 +137909.2
Milk production per ha (kgMS/ha/day) 4.00 3.83 3.60 3.50 3.10 2.80 -2.2
Total milk production per ha - YTD (kgMS/ha/YTD) 949.00 976.00 1002.00 1027.00 1045.00 1068.00 +937
Protein/Fat ratio 0.69 0.69 0.68 0.68 0.68 0.67 -.06
Bulk Milk SCC (SCC x 1000) 160 176 188 182 256 275 +144




Animal Health - Week ending 5/02/2019 12/02/2019 18/02/2019 25/02/2019 4/03/2019 11/03/2019 Variance
BCS (average whole herd) 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.10 4.10 4.10 -.9
BCS (average heifers) 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.10 4.10 4.10 -.9
Treatment/sick herd 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lame cows - new cases 3 4 1 0 6 3 -4
Lame cows - YTD 86 92 93 92 99 102 +37
Mastitis - new cases 0 4 2 3 3 8 +7
Mastitis - YTD 47 51 53 56 59 67 +50
Number of cows on penicillin 1 4 2 3 4 8 +6
Number of cows on penicillin YTD 58 66 68 71 75 83 +64
Culls - new cases 0 1 0 0 47 0 -
Culls - YTD 18 19 19 19 66 66 +57
Deaths - new cases 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3
Deaths - YTD 9 9 9 9 9 9 +4




Pasture Production - Week ending 5/02/2019 12/02/2019 18/02/2019 25/02/2019 4/03/2019 11/03/2019 Variance
Average pasture cover (kgDM/ha) 2101 2051 1966 1961 1939 1961 -191
Average pasture growth rates (kgDM/day) 27 24 22 29 19 31 -
Lowest post graze residual (kgDM/ha) 1490 1500 1490 1510 1500 1400 -100
Highest pre graze cover (kgDM/ha) 2800 2650 2600 2600 2600 2500 -750
Average area grazed/day for milkers (ha) 4.24 3.70 4.46 3.60 2.99 2.98 -.82
Round length 35 40 33 40 49 49 +10
Total Biomass Measured (kgDM) )




Supplementary Use - Week ending 5/02/2019 12/02/2019 18/02/2019 25/02/2019 4/03/2019 11/03/2019 Variance
Average PKE (kg/cow/day) 2.70 2.70 3.00 2.50 2.50 2.50 +2.4
PKE YTD 99.00 99.00 114.70 121.60 127.70 133.80 +125.6
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) 3.00 3.00 3.00 6.00 7.50 9.00 +9
Silage usage YTD 153.30 161.60 88.80 186.50 204.80 226.80 +214.3
Silage Harvested Tonnes (DM) 272.00 285.00 285.60 285.60 286.00 286.00 +286
Total Supplement Feed (per cow kgDM) 60.90 60.90 62.70 79.80 73.80 80.50 -3.7
Total Supplement YTD (Tonnes) 324.40 348.60 373.40 405.00 430.70 458.80 +424.3


Nitrogen and Gibberellic Acid - Week ending 5/02/2019 12/02/2019 18/02/2019 25/02/2019 4/03/2019 11/03/2019 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 % 23.90 KgN/ 19.40 % -16.50 %
kgN applied YTD (average kgN/ha) 91.90 91.90 91.90 91.90 91.90 96.20 +70.5
GA applied (20gm/ha) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 -
Effluent applied            
Effluent Applied y/n N N N Y Y Y -
Paddocks effluent applied 29 3 31 +27
Application Depth (mm) 18.00 18.00 18.00 -




Climate - Week ending 13/02/2019 18/02/2019 19/02/2019 25/02/2019 4/03/2019 11/03/2019 Variance
Temperature (ave. °C) 19.86 20.26 20.26 19.02 17.29 17.81 +8.44
Rainfall 0.20 0.20 0.20 15.00 0.00 21.20 +5.8
Rainfall Season-to-Date 922.60 922.60 922.60 937.60 937.60 958.80 +698.2
Soil temperature (ave. °C at 10cm depth) 22.70 24.45 24.45 22.18 20.05 20.49 +10.77
Soil Moisture(% at 10cm depth) 25.78 25.04 25.04 24.42 24.43 26.24 -11.3


















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