87 attendees heard about a World Markets update from Westpac Economist Anne Boniface.
The information discussed is in the Westpac Fortnightly Agri-update. Impacts of global demand and supply, what's really happening plus the impact and potential changes in the strength of the kiwi dollar.
Maximising Summer Performance was discussed in a Workshop session sharing ideas on tactics and trigger points to hit key targets.
the topics for consideration involved:
Current Season Update
Less cows are making more milk, 94% of the herd submitted in 3 weeks of AB, 4 times last year’s spring silage made.
Holding cows over 2kgMS/cow/day has been a standout highlight of the season with less brought0in feed used to achieve this.
Having strong decision rules around how we wanted to oerate the farm was a key to seeing these results.
Key decision rules Sep - Oct
Keep pre-graze under 3,000kgDM/ha
Area grazed constant around 6.5ha/day. 17-22 day round of area available to graze
Back the farm to grow – put the surplus in the stack
Focus on next round quality – cows must work to graze to 1600 or less.
Mower fixes any allocation errors where residuals were higher
76 attendees heard about our 2019:
Season so far: People, Profit, Production
Body condition score of individual cows and the benefits of doing monthly,
Mating plans - ALL AB for the 2018 mating season and how to manage the risks.
92 attendees heard about 2018 in review:
Season Round up: People, Profit, Production
Fertiliser Focus: Feeding the engine room of our farm,
Planting Plantain: What have we learned?
Healthy Rivers: What does Variation 1 mean for us?
68 Attendees heard about:
Where we’ve been:
Seasonal update on performance and the summer of endless rain
Where we’re going:
Time to hear about the two viable Farm systems we have found for Owl Farm’s Future and how they:
Reduce our N leaching by over 20%,
Continue to improve farm operating profit, and
Keep focus on people, safety and animal welfare
Free attendance and fun for the whole family to explore our Farm Open Day Flyer