Production 1.39 KgMS/cow/day
Cows in milk 432
Growth 26 KgDM/ha/day
Farm cover 2317 KgDm/ha
Round length 26 days
Supplements fed 0 KgDM/cow/day
Ave. soil temp. 10 ⁰C
Main herd: 370 M.A. cows
Small herd: 54 lower BCS cows + 8 lames, milked once a day
Most culls have now left the farm.
We will be doing our final herd pregnancy test on 20 May to check for any late slips. This will prevent us from wintering cows that won't be in milk next season.
Dry-off date will be 27 May. Any cows that have exceeded the SCC threshold on herd test results plus any treatment cows during lactation will receive Dry Cow antibiotics plus teat seal. Cows that haven't exceeded the SCC threshold will receive teat seal only. This will be done with help from our vets to ensure a very high standard of hygiene. Cows will be trucked to winter grazing on the same day. Cows will be monitored very closely for the first few days for any signs of mastitis.
Latest BCS figures: average 4.5, as at 10 May. These results will be used to set up groups for wintering according to condition. We will have 3 mobs: Lights that need to gain 1 Body Condition Score, Mids that need to gain half a BCS, and Fats that will be fed maintenance rates over winter.
Cows will be going to their winter grazing this Thursday the 30 th. MA Cows will be wintered in 3 mobs this winter.
- 170 light early calving cows will be offered 16 Kg made up of 4kg silage and 12Kg kale
- 168 mid-range cows (@4.5 BCS) will be offered 14 KgDM – 4 Kg silage and 10 Kg Kale
- 85 Fats will be offered 2 Kg silage and 9 Kale .
11.6mm rainfall this week. No irrigation on farm this week.
Soil temperature is dropping slowly, with this week's average at 10°C.
Growth rates have dropped to 26 kgDM/ha/day.
Average pasture cover: 2,097 KgDM/ha, which is just slightly above target. Aiming for closing cover of 1900 on 1 June. We have not fed any balage this week as we are still bringing the cover down towards this target.
We have now finished applying N fertiliser for the season.
Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day during June and July.