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Farm Walks are held every Tuesday morning throughout the year. They start at 9.00am sharp so be there by 8.50am. Farmers or their managers and staff are welcome to walk with the Management Team, bring your platemeter and clean gumboots. Please phone the SIDDC office to notify of your intention: Ph: 03 423 0022.

 The farm walk notes are a commentary covering the main points discussed at the weekly farm meeting held by the LUDF Management Team.  

During the milking season the farm walk notes are updated at weekly intervals, during the off-season this may occur monthly.

Tuesday 1 December 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Turn attention to mating management
2.     Identifying cycling cows
3.     Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed

 

Key points:

Growth 69 KgDM
Farm cover 2378
Round length 26 days
Cows averaged 1.94 Kg MS
554 cows in milk
18.2 mils of rain over the last week
Paddock N-4 out for re grassing 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 1st December 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2378 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

69 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

26(for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

554

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14.3 ⁰C

SCC

136,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.94 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 5.02

Milk Protein -4.06

Currently there are no public farm walks on farm.

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 554 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’. All first calvers and 44 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Tuesday 27th November 4.3 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs 1.12.20

bcs2 1.12.20

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating. Bloods were taken and they were low in iodine so we have given them an Flexidine injection to correct this.
  • This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers. There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  • 16 yearling bulls were put into the heifers on the 10th of October
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis. A second round of metrochecking was done on 16th September, 10 were treated (2%) for metritis.
  • bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  • all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly. 104 cows have shown signs of a heat during week 1,118 during week 2 and 134 during week 3.
  • 95% of cows mated in 3 weeks,98% of cows mated at end of week 4
  • Mating plan: Start date 18th October
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,12 straws per day to cows that have had at least one heat. High BW later calving cows that cycle in weeks 1-3 will go to nominated Kiwi X, A2A2 bulls. Low BW cows in week 1-3 mated to nominated –SGL Angus
    2. Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Angus
    3. Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Angus
    4. Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy
    5. Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 14.3 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks 

soil temp 1.12.20

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moist 1.12.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 18.2 mils of rain over the last week.
  • 2 days irrigation on the North block and 2 days irrigation on the South block over the last week

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 1.12.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2378 kgDM/ha
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:

a.     555 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,655 kgDM/day or 76 kgDM/Ha/day)
b.     We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.08 ha grazed/day
c.      11,655 kgDM/day / 6.08ha/day = 1,916 kgDM
d.     Pre-graze cover = 1,916 + 1500 = 3416 kgDM/ha.

  • We are now applying N-Protect behind the cows at 25Kg /N per Ha
  • 21.03 Ha pre graze mown over the last week,4 Ha post graze mown
  • Paddock N-4 has been identified for re grassing and will be sprayed out before the weekend and then mown for silage. It will then be direct drilled back into permanent pasture.With Paddock N-4 now out for re grassing the effective area is now 152 Ha.
  • Paddock N-4 was sprayed out Wednesday 18th November, then cut for silage Saturday 21st November 15.3 tonne Dm harvested
  • Paddock S-6 was taken out for silage 14.56 tonne Dm harvested.

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 554 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 22-25 day round.
  • Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Tuesday 24 November 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Turn attention to mating management
2.     Identifying cycling cows
3.     Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed

Key points:

Growth 76 KgDM
Farm cover 2380
Round length 28 days
Cows averaged 1.9 Kg MS
555 cows in milk
1.6 mils of rain over the last week
Paddock N-4 out for re grassing 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 24th November 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2380 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

76 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

28(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

555

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14.4 ⁰C

SCC

112,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.9 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 4.89

Milk Protein -4.00

Currently there are no public farm walks on farm. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 555 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 44 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Tuesday 27th October 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 24.11.20

bcs2 24.11.20

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating .Bloods were taken and they were low in iodine so we have given them an Flexidine injection to correct this.
  • This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers .There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  • 16 yearling bulls were put into the heifers on the 10th of October
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis. A second round of metrochecking was done on 16th September , 10 were treated (2%) for metritis.
  • bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  • all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly . 104 cows have shown signs of a heat during week 1,118 during week 2 and 134 during week 3.
  • 95% of cows mated in 3 weeks,98% of cows mated at end of week 4
  • Mating plan: Start date 18th October
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,12 straws per day to cows that have had at least one heat. High BW later calving cows that cycle in weeks 1-3 will go to nominated Kiwi X ,A2A2 bulls .Low BW cows in week 1-3 mated to nominated –SGL Angus
    2. Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Angus
    3. Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Angus
    4. Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy
    5. Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 14.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 24.11.20 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moist 24.11.20  

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 1.6 mils of rain over the last week.
  • 5 days irrigation on the North block and 4 days irrigation on the South block over the last week

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 24.11.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2380 kgDM/ha
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    • 555 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,655 kgDM/day or 76 kgDM/Ha/day)
    • We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.08 ha grazed/day
    • 11,655 kgDM/day / 6.08ha/day = 1,916 kgDM
    • Pre-graze cover = 1,916 + 1500 = 3416 kgDM/ha.
  • We are now applying N-Protect behind the cows at 25Kg /N per Ha
  • 21.03 Ha pre graze mown over the last week,4 Ha post graze mown
  • Paddock N-4 has been identified for re grassing and will be sprayed out before the weekend and then mown for silage .It will then be direct drilled back into permanent pasture.With Paddock N-4 now out for re grassing the effective area is now 152 Ha.
  • Paddock N-4 was sprayed out last Wednesday ,then cut for silage Saturday 15.3 tonne Dm harvested
  • Paddock S-6 was taken out for silage 14.56 tonne Dm harvested.

Feeding Management For the Coming Month

  • We currently have 555 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 22-25 day round..
  • Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Tuesday 17 November 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Turn attention to mating management
2.     Identifying cycling cows
3.     Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed

Key points:

Growth 78 KgDM
Farm cover 2382
Round length 28 days
Cows averaged 2.02 Kg MS
555 cows in milk
0.02 mils of rain over the last week
Paddock N-4 out for re grassing 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 17th November 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2382 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

78 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

28(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

555

Ave Soil Temp (week)

15.5 ⁰C

SCC

116,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.08 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 4.92

Milk Protein -3.99

Currently there are no public farm walks on farm.

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 555 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 44 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Tuesday 27th October 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

 bcs 17.11.20

bcs2 17.11.20

 

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating. Bloods were taken and they were low in iodine so we have given them an Flexidine injection to correct this.
  • This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers. There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  • 16 yearling bulls were put into the heifers on the 10th of October
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis. A second round of metrochecking was done on 16th September, 10 were treated (2%) for metritis.
  • bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  • all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly . 104 cows have shown signs of a heat during week 1,118 during week 2 and 134 during week 3.
  • 95% of cows mated in 3 weeks,98% of cows mated at end of week 4
  • Mating plan: Start date 18th October
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,12 straws per day to cows that have had at least one heat. High BW later calving cows that cycle in weeks 1-3 will go to nominated Kiwi X, A2A2 bulls. Low BW cows in week 1-3 mated to nominated –SGL Angus
    2. Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Angus
    3. Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Angus
    4. Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy
    5. Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 15.5 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temperature 17.11.20

 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2). 

soil mois 17.11.20

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 0.02 mils of rain over the last week.
  • 1 days irrigation on the North block and 1 days irrigation on the South block over the last week

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 17.11.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2435 kgDM/ha
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:

a.     555 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,655 kgDM/day or 76 kgDM/Ha/day)
b.     We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.08 ha grazed/day
c.      11,655 kgDM/day / 6.08ha/day = 1,916 kgDM
d.     Pre-graze cover = 1,916 + 1500 = 3416 kgDM/ha.

  • We are now applying N-Protect behind the cows at 25Kg /N per Ha
  • 22.79 Ha pre graze mown over the last week,6 Ha post graze mown
  • Paddock N-4 has been identified for re grassing and will be sprayed out before the weekend and then mown for silage .It will then be direct drilled back into permanent pasture.With Paddock N-4 now out for re grassing the effective area is now 152 Ha.
  • Paddock N-4 was sprayed out last Wednesday ,then cut for silage Saturday 15.3 tonne Dm harvested
  • Paddock S-6 was taken out for silage 14.56 tonne Dm harvested.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  • We currently have 555 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 22-25 day round..
  • Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Tuesday 10 November 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Turn attention to mating management
2.     Identifying cycling cows
3.     Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed

Key points:

Growth 76 KgDM
Farm cover 2435
Round length 26 days
Cows averaged 2.08 Kg MS
555 cows in milk
47.6 mils of rain over the last week

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 10th November 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2435 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

76 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

26(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

555

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14 ⁰C

SCC

116,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.08 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 4.94

Milk Protein -3.97

Currently there are no public farm walks on farm.

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 555 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’. All first calvers and 44 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Tuesday 27th October 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

 bcs1 10.11.20

bcs2 10.11.20

 

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating .Bloods were taken and they were low in iodine so we have given them an Flexidine injection to correct this.
  • This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers .There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  • 16 yearling bulls were put into the heifers on the 10th of October
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis. A second round of metrochecking was done on 16th September , 10 were treated (2%) for metritis.
  • bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  • all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly . 104 cows have shown signs of a heat during week 1,118 during week 2 and 134 during week 3.
  • 95% of cows mated in 3 weeks
  • Mating plan: Start date 18th October
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,12 straws per day to cows that have had at least one heat
    2. High BW later calving cows that cycle in weeks 1-3 will go to nominated Kiwi X ,A2A2 bulls .Low BW cows in week 1-3 mated to nominated –SGL Angus
    3. Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Angus
    4. Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Angus
    5. Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy
    6.  Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 14 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 10.11.20 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moist 10.11.20

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 47.6 mils of rain over the last week.
  •  3 days irrigation on the North block and 2 days irrigation on the South block over the last week

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 10.11.20  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2435 kgDM/ha
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:

a.     555 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,655 kgDM/day or 73 kgDM/Ha/day)
b.     We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
c.      11,655 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,821 kgDM
d.     Pre-graze cover = 1,821 + 1500 = 3321 kgDM/ha. 

  • Feed Utilisation has been a bit challenging over the last couple of days with the very wet ground conditions
  • We are now applying N-Protect behind the cows at 25Kg /N per Ha
  • 21.3 Ha pre graze mown over the last week
  • Paddock N-4 has been identified for re grassing and will be sprayed out before the weekend and then mown for silage .It will then be direct drilled back into permanent pasture.
  • With the small surplus we are also going to take paddock S-6 out for silage in the next couple of days.

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 555 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 22-25 day round..
  • Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Tuesday 27 October 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Turn attention to mating management (monitoring pre-mating heats).
2.     Manage irrigation
3.     Manage round length and feed quality through second round

 

Key points:

Growth 74 KgDM
Farm cover 2433
Round length 25 days
Cows averaged 2.22 Kg MS
555 cows calved
7 mils of rain over the last week
.33 Kg Dm /cow fed over the last week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 27th October 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2433 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

74 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

.33 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

555

Ave Soil Temp (week)

13 ⁰C

SCC

113,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.22 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 4.89

Milk Protein -3.97

Currently there are no public farm walks on farm.

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 555 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 44 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Tuesday 27th 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 27.10.20 BCS2 27.10.20

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating .Bloods were taken and they were low in iodine so we have given them an Flexidine injection to correct this.
  • This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers .There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  • 16 yearling bulls were put into the heifers on the 10th of October
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis. A second round of metrochecking was done on 16th September , 10 were treated (2%) for metritis.
  • bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  • all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly . 104 cows have shown signs of a heat during week 1,118 during week 2 and 134 during week 3.
  • 305 cows have been mated over 11 days average 27.7 cows per day
  • Mating plan: Start date 18th October
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,12 straws per day to cows that have had at least one heat. High BW later calving cows that cycle in weeks 1-3 will go to nominated Kiwi X, A2A2 bulls .Low BW cows in week 1-3 mated to nominated –SGL Angus
    2. Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Angus
    3. Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Angus
    4. Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy
    5. Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 13 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 27.10.20  

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moist 27.10.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 7mils of rain over the last week.
  • 5 days irrigation on the North block and 3 days irrigation on the South block

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed wedge 27.10.20  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2433 kgDM/ha
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:

a.     555 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,655 kgDM/day or 73 kgDM/Ha/day)
b.     We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
c.      11,655 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,821 kgDM
d.     Pre-graze cover = 1,821 + 1500 = 3321 kgDM/ha.

  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage was only fed for one day over the last week .
  • We are now applying N-Protect behind the cows at 25Kg /N per Ha
  • 4.1 Ha post graze mown over the last week and 10.5 Ha pre graze mown

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 555 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 22-25 day round..
  • Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Tuesday 20 October 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Turn attention to mating management (monitoring pre-mating heats).
2.     Set up irrigation
3.     Manage round length and feed quality through second round 

Key points:

Growth 76 KgDM
Farm cover 2356
Round length 29 days
Cows averaged 2.25 Kg MS
555 cows calved
0.8 mils of rain over the last week
6.73Kg Dm /cow fed over the last week 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 20th October 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2356 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

76 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

29(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

6.73 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

555

Ave Soil Temp (week)

11.5 ⁰C

SCC

81,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.25 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 4.85

Milk Protein -3.97

 

Currently there are no public farm walks on farm.

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 555 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’. All first calvers and 44 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 28th 4.45 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 20.10.20bcs2 20.10.20 

Mating Preparedness

 

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating. Bloods were taken and they were low in iodine so we have given them an Flexidine injection to correct this.
  • This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers. There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  • 16 yearling bulls were put into the heifers on the 10th of October
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis. A second round of metrochecking was done on 16th September , 10 were treated (2%) for metritis.
  • bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  • all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly . 104 cows have shown signs of a heat during week 1,118 during week 2 and 134 during week 3.
  • Mating plan: Start date 18th October
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,12 straws per day to cows that have had at least one heatHigh BW later calving cows that cycle in weeks 1-3 will go to nominated Kiwi X ,A2A2 bulls .Low BW cows in week 1-3 mated to nominated –SGL Angus
    2. Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Angus
    3. Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Angus
    4. Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy
    5. Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 11.5 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 20.10.20

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moist 20.10.20  

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received No rain over the last week.
  • Irrigation has started with both the North pivot and South Pivot completing five rounds over the last week.

Pasture Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 20.10.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2356 kgDM/ha
  • Our first round will finish on the 19th September
  • 3.     The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:

a.     555 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,655 kgDM/day or 73 kgDM/Ha/day)
b.     We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
c.      11,655 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,821 kgDM
d.     Pre-graze cover = 1,821 + 1500 = 3321 kgDM/ha. 

  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • 6.73Kg Dm per cow of Silage has been fed over the last week.
  • We are now applying N-Protect behind the cows at 25Kg /N per Ha
  • 7.3 Ha post graze mown over the last week.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring tracker 20.10.20 

Feeding Management For the Coming Months

  • We currently have 555 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 22-25 day round..
  • Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Tuesday 6 October 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Turn attention to mating management (monitoring pre-mating heats).
2.     Set up irrigation
3.     Manage round length and feed quality through second round

Key points:

Growth 60 KgDM
Farm cover 2219
Round length 23 days
Cows averaged 2.25 Kg MS
555 cows calved
No rain over the last week
No silage fed over the last week
Irrigation has been started

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 6th October 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2219 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

60 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

23(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

555

Ave Soil Temp (week)

10 ⁰C

SCC

109,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.25 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 4.93

Milk Protein -3.98

Next Farm Walk – 20th October Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us.  

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

Herd Management

  • There are 555 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 44 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 28th 4.45 average BCS below are the graphs.

 6.10.20 bcs1

BCS2 6.10.20

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating. Bloods were taken and they were low in iodine so we have given them an Flexidine injection to correct this.
  • This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers .There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis. A second round of metrochecking was done on 16th September , 10 were treated (2%) for metritis.
  • bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  • all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly . 104 cows have shown signs of a heat during week 1,118 during week 2 and 134 during week 3.

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 10 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

6.10.20 soil temp  

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moist 6.10.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received No rain over the last week.
  • Irrigation has started with both the North pivot and South Pivot completing five rounds over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed wedge 6.10.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2330 kgDM/ha
  • Our first round will finish on the 19th September
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:

a.     555 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,655 kgDM/day or 73 kgDM/Ha/day)
b.     We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
c.      11,655 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,821 kgDM
d.     Pre-graze cover = 1,821 + 1500 = 3321 kgDM/ha.

  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • No Silage has been fed over the last week .
  • AMMO 31 has been applied to 29.65 Ha at a rate of 55 Kg/Ha over the last week.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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 .Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

autumn spring trakcer 6.10.20

  • Our Spring Rotation Planner started on the 24th July (due to synchronizing the heifers) and is planned to end on / about 25 September.

6.10.20 supplementspre post grazing 6.10.20

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 555 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 22-25 day round..
  • Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Tuesday 29 September 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Turn attention to mating management (monitoring pre-mating heats).
2.     Set up irrigation
3.     Manage round length and feed quality through second round

 

Key points:

Growth 60 KgDM
Farm cover 2330
Round length 22 days
Cows averaged 2.26 Kg MS
555 cows calved
No rain over the last week
No silage fed over the last week
Irrigation has been started 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 29th September 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2330 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

60 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

22(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

558

Ave Soil Temp (week)

10.6 ⁰C

SCC

129,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.26 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 4.97

Milk Protein -4.01

Next weeks Farm Walk is postponed (Oct 6th) and they will resume on October 13th - Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  1. There are 555 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 44 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  3. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  4. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 28th 4.45 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 29.9.20bcs2 29.9.20 

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating. Bloods were taken and they were low in iodine so we have given them an Flexidine injection to correct this.
  • This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers. There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis. A second round of metrochecking was done on 16th September , 10 were treated (2%) for metritis.
  • bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  • all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly. 104 cows have shown signs of a heat during week 1

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 10.6 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 29.9.20 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

29.9.20 soil moist

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received No rain over the last week.
  • Irrigation has started with both the North pivot and South Pivot completing three rounds over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 29.9.20  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2330 kgDM/ha
  • Our first round will finish on the 19th September
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:

a.     558 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10,861 kgDM/day or 68 kgDM/Ha/day)
b.     We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
c.      10,861 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,697 kgDM
d.     Pre-graze cover = 1,697 + 1500 = 3197 kgDM/ha.

  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • No Silage has been fed over the last week .
  • AMMO 31 has been applied to 27.34 Ha at a rate 80 Kg/Ha over the last week. The whole farm has now received AMMO 31 we will now be applying urea at 25Kg N Ha behind the cows.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

 SPring tracker 29.9.20

 

  • Our Spring Rotation Planner started on the 24th July (due to synchronizing the heifers) and is planned to end on / about 25 September.

supplements 29.9.20apc target vs actual 29.9.20 

Feeding Management For the Coming Months

  • We currently have 558 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 22-25 day round..
  • Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Tuesday 22 September 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Turn attention to mating management (monitoring pre-mating heats).
2.     Set up irrigation
3.     Manage round length and feed quality through second round

 

Key points:

Growth 53 KgDM
Farm cover 2372
Round length 30 days
Cows averaged 2.13 Kg MS
551 cows calved
6.8 mils of rain over the last week
1.41 KG DM fed per cow per day
Irrigation has started

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2372 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

53 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

30(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

1.41 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

558

Ave Soil Temp (week)

9.4 ⁰C

SCC

117,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.13 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 4.78

Milk Protein -3.89

Next Farm Walk – 29th September Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager 

Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

Herd Management

  • There are 551 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 27 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 31st 4.65 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 22.9.20bcs2 22.9.20

 

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating
  • This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers .There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis. A second round of metrochecking was done on 16th September , 10 were treated (2%) for metritis.
  • bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  • all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly . 104 cows have shown signs of a heat during week 1

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 9.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 22.9.20  

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moist 22.9.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 6.8 mils of rain over the last week.
  • Irrigation was started yesterday with both the North pivot and South Pivot completing one round.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 22.9.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2401 kgDM/ha
  • Our first round will finish on the 19th September
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:

a.     558 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10,602 kgDM/day or 66 kgDM/Ha/day)
b.     We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
c.      10,602 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,656 kgDM
d.     Pre-graze cover = 1,656 + 1500 = 3156 kgDM/ha.

  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • AMMO 31 has been applied to 29.18 Ha at a rate 80 Kg/Ha over the last week.
  •  Gibberellic acid has been applied to 15.4 Ha plus 8 Kg of liquid N in the mix.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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 .Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

 spring tracker 22.9.20

 

  • Our Spring Rotation Planner started on the 24th July (due to synchronizing the heifers) and is planned to end on / about 25 September.

22.9.20 supplements

 22.9.20 APC target vs actual

 

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 558 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 22-25 day round..
  • Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Tuesday 15 September 2020

LUDF – focus for 2019/20 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
2.     Turn attention to mating management (monitoring pre-mating heats).
3.     Set up irrigation

Key points:

Growth 52 KgDM
Farm cover 2401
535 cows calved
12.2 mils of rain over the last week
1.64 KG DM fed per cow per day

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 15th September 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2401 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

52 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

40(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

1.64 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

535

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.7 ⁰C

SCC

149,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.13 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.79

Milk Fat – 4.91

Milk Protein -3.88

Next Farm Walk – 22nd September Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

Herd Management

  1. There are 535 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 27 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  3. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  4. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 31st 4.65 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 15.9.20BCS2 15.9.20  

 

Mating Preparedness

  1. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating
  2. This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers. There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  3. Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19th August, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis
  4. bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  5. all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly.

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.7 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 15.9.20

  

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moisture 15.9.20

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 12.2 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 15.9.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2401 kgDM/ha
  • Our first round will finish on the 19th September
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    •  560 cows eating 18.5 kgDM/cow/day = 10,080 kgDM/day or 63 kgDM/Ha/day)
    • We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    • 10,080 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,575 kgDM
    • Pre-graze cover = 1,575 + 1500 = 3075 kgDM/ha.
  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • AMMO 31 has been applied to 38.6 Ha at a rate 80 Kg/Ha over the last week.
  •  Gibberellic acid has been applied to 30.6 Ha plus 8 Kg of liquid N in the mix.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring cover 15.9.20 

  • We are following our Spring Rotation planner to make sure we allocate a fixed area of pasture per week – so that we don’t reach the end of our first grazing rotation before ‘balance date’ (when supply of pasture grown matches the expected demand of pasture by the herd at peak lactation

 supplemnts 15.9.20

 

 post apc 15.9.20

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 535 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass and silage

Tuesday 8 September 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
2.     Watch cow BCS to ensure all cows meet BCS targets at calving (min 5 for MA cows and 5.5 for R2’s and R3yr’s)
3.     Cow health and pasture management through calving
4.     Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
5.     All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
6.     Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

Key points:

Growth 38 KgDM
Farm cover 2363
516 cows calved
6.8 mils of rain over the last week
1.62 KG DM fed per cow per day 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 8th August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2363 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

38 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

48(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

1.62 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

516

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.6 ⁰C

SCC

133,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.01 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.78

Milk Fat – 4.90

Milk Protein -3.84

Next Farm Walk – 15th September Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager 

Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

Herd Management

  • There are 516 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 23 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  • freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 31st 4.65 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 8.9.20BCS2 8.9.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.6 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 8.9.20

 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2). 

soil moisture 8.9.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 6.8 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 8.9.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2363 kgDM/ha
  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • AMMO 31 has been applied to 37.54 Ha at a rate 80 Kg/Ha over the last week.
  •  Gibberellic acid has been applied to 26.67 Ha plus 8 Kg of liquid N in the mix.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

Spring cover track 8.9.20  

  • With planned start of calving official starting this week, we have started following our Spring Rotation planner to make sure we allocate a fixed area of pasture per week – so that we don’t reach the end of our first grazing rotation before ‘balance date’ (when supply of pasture grown matches the expected demand of pasture by the herd at peak lactation

supplements 8.9.20

pre and post grazing 8.9.20

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 516 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass and silage

Tuesday 1 September 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term
  1. Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
  2. Watch cow BCS to ensure all cows meet BCS targets at calving (min 5 for MA cows and 5.5 for R2’s and R3yr’s)
  3. Cow health and pasture management through calving
  4. Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
  5. All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
  6. Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

 

Key points:

Growth 30 KgDM
Farm cover 2370
483 cows calved
7.2 mils of rain over the last week
2.4 KG DM fed per cow per day

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 1st August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2370 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

26 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

58(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

2.4 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

483

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.2 ⁰C

SCC

118,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.01 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.78

Milk Fat – 5.01

Milk Protein -3.93

Next Farm Walk – 8th September Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us.  

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

Herd Management

  • There are 483 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 23 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  • Freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19th August, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 31st 4.65 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 1.9.20

bcs2 1.9.20 

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.2 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

temp 1.9.20

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

moisture 1.9.20

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.

3.     The farm received 7.2 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

1.9.20 feed wedge  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2370 kgDM/ha
  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • AMMO 31 has been applied to 20.2 Ha at a rate 80 Kg/Ha .
  •  Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring cover 1.9.20  

  • With planned start of calving official starting this week, we have started following our Spring Rotation planner to make sure we allocate a fixed area of pasture per week – so that we don’t reach the end of our first grazing rotation before ‘balance date’ (when supply of pasture grown matches the expected demand of pasture by the herd at peak lactation

supplements 1.9.20 Pre and post grazing and APC 1.9.20 

 

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 450 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass and silage

Tuesday 25 August 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
2.     Watch cow BCS to ensure all cows meet BCS targets at calving (min 5 for MA cows and 5.5 for R2’s and R3yr’s)
3.     Cow health and pasture management through calving
4.     Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
5.     All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
6.     Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

 

Key points:

Growth 26 KgDM
Farm cover 2455
450 cows calved
3.6 mils of rain over the last week
2.27 KG DM fed per cow per day

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 25th August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2455 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

26 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

58(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

2.27 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

450

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.6 ⁰C

SCC

151,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.91 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.79

Milk Fat – 5.05

Milk Protein -3.97

Next Farm Walk – 1st September Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us.  

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager 

Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

 

Herd Management

  • There are 450 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • 140 heifers and all the cows that have returned home have been BCS on returning from grazing Top graph represents R2 heifers, Bottom graph represents mature cows.

 25.8.20 bcs25.8.20 bcs1

 

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.6 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

25.8.20 soil temp

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

25.8.20 soil moisture 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 3.6 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 25.8.20

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2455 kgDM/ha
  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

 spring tracker 25.8.20

 

  • With planned start of calving official starting this week, we have started following our Spring Rotation planner to make sure we allocate a fixed area of pasture per week – so that we don’t reach the end of our first grazing rotation before ‘balance date’ (when supply of pasture grown matches the expected demand of pasture by the herd at peak lactation

supplements 25.8.20

  

25..8.20 pre + post grazing

Feeding Management for the coming month

  • We currently have 450 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass and silage

Tuesday 18 August 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
2.     Watch cow BCS to ensure all cows meet BCS targets at calving (min 5 for MA cows and 5.5 for R2’s and R3yr’s)
3.     Cow health and pasture management through calving
4.     Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
5.     All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
6.     Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

Key points:

Growth 17 KgDM
Farm cover 2480
412 cows calved
No rain over the last week

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 18th August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2480 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

17 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

58(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

412

Ave Soil Temp (week)

6.1 ⁰C

SCC

177,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.86 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.79

Milk Fat – 5.21

Milk Protein -4.09


Next Farm Walk – 25th August Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 
 
Peter Hancox, Farm Manager
 
Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

 

Herd Management

  • There are 412 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block and later calving cows have now returned and are grazing on our lease block nearby .
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • 140 heifers and all the cows that have returned home have been BCS on returning from grazing Top graph represents R2 heifers, Bottom graph represents mature cows.

BCS 18.8.20

BCS2 18.8.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 6.1 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

Soil temp 18.8.20

 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moisture 18.8.20

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received no rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 18.8.20

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2480 kgDM/ha
  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage will be fed over the next week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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 .Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring tracker 18.8.20

 

  • With planned start of calving official starting this week, we have started following our Spring Rotation planner to make sure we allocate a fixed area of pasture per week – so that we don’t reach the end of our first grazing rotation before ‘balance date’ (when supply of pasture grown matches the expected demand of pasture by the herd at peak lactation)

supplements 18.8.20

 

pre and post grazing APC

Feed Management for Coming Months

  • We currently have 412 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass and silage

Tuesday 11 August 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
2.     Watch cow BCS to ensure all cows meet BCS targets at calving (min 5 for MA cows and 5.5 for R2’s and R3yr’s)
3.     Cow health and pasture management through calving
4.     Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
5.     All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
6.     Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

 

Key points:

Growth 25 KgDM
Farm cover 2558
339 cows calved
0.8 mils of rain over the last week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 11th August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2558 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

25 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

71(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

339

Ave Soil Temp (week)

7.8 ⁰C

SCC

191,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.76 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.79

Milk Fat – 5.32

Milk Protein -4.19

 

Next Farm Walk – 18th August Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 
 
Peter Hancox, Farm Manager
 
Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

Herd Management

  1. There are 339 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g lime flour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  3. Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  4. Springers are on East Block and later calving cows have now returned and are grazing on our lease block nearby.
  5. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  6. 140 heifers and all the cows that have returned home have been BCS on returning from grazing Top graph represents R2 heifers, Bottom graph represents mature cows.

11.8.20 bcs1

11.8.20 bcs2

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 7.8 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks 

soil temp 11.8.20

 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moist 11.8.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 0.8 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 11.8.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2558 kgDM/ha
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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 .Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

 spring tracker 11.8.20

 

  • With planned start of calving official starting this week, we have started following our Spring Rotation planner to make sure we allocate a fixed area of pasture per week – so that we don’t reach the end of our first grazing rotation before ‘balance date’ (when supply of pasture grown matches the expected demand of pasture by the herd at peak lactation

 supplements 11.8.20

 

 

 

Feed Management for the Coming Month

  1. We currently have 242 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass

Tuesday 4 August 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
2.     Watch cow BCS to ensure all cows meet BCS targets at calving (min 5 for MA cows and 5.5 for R2’s and R3yr’s)
3.     Cow health and pasture management through calving
4.     Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
5.     All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
6.     Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

Key points:

Growth 20 KgDM
Farm cover 2549
249 cows calved
No rain over the last week

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 4th August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2549 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

20 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

152(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

242

Ave Soil Temp (week)

7.8 ⁰C

SCC

208

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.6 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 5.38

Milk Protein -4.30

 

Next Farm Walk – 11th August Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 
 
Peter Hancox, Farm Manager
 
Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

Herd Management

  • There are 242 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • Freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g lime flour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block and later calving cows have now returned and are grazing on our lease block near by.
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • 140 heifers and all the cows that have returned home have been BCS on returning from grazing Top graph represents R2 heifers , the bottom graph represents mature cows.

bcs14.8.20bcs2 4.8.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 7.8 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 5.8.20  

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moisture 5.8.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received no rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 5.8.20

  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2549 kgDM/ha
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring tracker 5.8.20 

  • With planned start of calving official starting this week, we have started following our Spring Rotation planner to make sure we allocate a fixed area of pasture per week – so that we don’t reach the end of our first grazing rotation before ‘balance date’ (when supply of pasture grown matches the expected demand of pasture by the herd at peak lactation

 supplements 5.8.20 

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 242 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass

Tuesday 28 July 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term
  1. Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
  2. Watch cow BCS to ensure all cows meet BCS targets at calving (min 5 for MA cows and 5.5 for R2’s and R3yr’s)
  3. Cow health and pasture management through calving
  4. Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
  5.  All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
  6. Springer/colostrum cow health through calving 

Key points:

  • Growth past 3 weeks 10 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2510
  • 159 cows calved

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 28th July 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2510 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

10 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

235(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

159

Ave Soil Temp (week)

5.4 ⁰C

SCC

269

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.65 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.72

Milk Fat – 5.07

Milk Protein -4.11

Herd Management

  • There are 159 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block and later calving cows are still at winter grazing.
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • There have been 3 cows treated for milk fever
  • 140 heifers and all the cows that have returned home have been BCS on returning from grazing Top graph represents R2 heifers, bottom graph represents mature cows.

bcs1 28.7.2020

bcs 2 28.7.2020

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 5.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 28.7.2o  

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moisture 28.7.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 3.8 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 28.7.20  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2510 kgDM/ha
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of 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 . Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring cover 28.7.20 

  • With the planned start of calving officially starting this week, we have started following our Spring Rotation planner to make sure we allocate a fixed area of pasture per week – so that we don’t reach the end of our first grazing rotation before ‘balance date’ (when the supply of pasture grown matches the expected demand of pasture by the herd at peak lactation

 calving 28.7.20 

Feeding Management

  • We currently have 235 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass

Tuesday 26 May 2020

LUDF – focus for 2019/20 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

Critical issues for the short term
  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management
  3. Staff wellbeing.
  4. Extremely high measures of hygiene

Key points:

Growth 24 KgDM
Farm cover 1930
Round length 27 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over2 days last week
All cows are on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.06 Kg MS
407 cows in milk
BCS 4.9
14.2 mils of rain for the week

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 26th May 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

1930 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

24 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

27 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

1 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

441

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.8⁰C

SCC

207,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.06 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 6.75

Milk Protein – 5.37

 

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 407 cows in milk.
  • 97 culls left the farm on April 15th, 86 empties 9 Johnees cows and 2 low producing culls.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking.
  • We had another 9 empties at our last scan. These will be culled next week
  • 34 cows have now been dried off 3 on BCS and 23 on low production and 8 on lameness.
  • Heifers have been moved to contract grazing on the 1st May
  • R2 heifers were teat sealed on the 11th May. They were weighed drenched and received a B-12 plus selenium on the 7th May.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Tuesday 19th May, 4.9 average BCS. This data along with calving date will determine which group cows will be wintered in this winter. Where we normally winter our cows is a dry land block and with the very dry autumn this block will not be able to support all our cows this winter .180 cows will be wintered on Kale and straw at Sheffield. These will be made up of cows calving after 10 August. The rest of the cows will be wintered at our normal winter block in 3 different mobs  Fats who will be offered a diet of 7 green and 3 of silage, Mids who will be offered a diet of 11 green and 3 of silage and lights who will be offered a diet of 13 green and 3 of silage.
  • All cows will be dried off on Thursday 28th and go to their winter grazing.

bcs1 26.5.20bcs2 26.5.20bcs3 26.5.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.8°C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 26.5.20 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moist 26.5.20

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 14.2 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 26.5.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 1930kgDM/ha.
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. To reach target cover of 1900 at 31st May todays average cover needs to be 1967
    2. 1967-1500=467
    3. 467+1967=2424
  • Round length last week was 27 days.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week for 2 days to help hold round length
  • 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.

spring cover 26.5.20

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 441 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass.

 

Tuesday 19 May 2020

LUDF – focus for 2019/20 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term
  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management
  3. Staff wellbeing.
  4. Extremely high measures of hygiene

 

Key points:

Growth 34 KgDM
Farm cover 2231
Round length 31 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
All cows are on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.16 Kg MS
410 cows in milk
BCS 4.9
.6 mils of rain for the week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 19th May 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2231KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

34 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

31 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.3 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

441

Ave Soil Temp (week)

9.5⁰C

SCC

199,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.16 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 6.56

Milk Protein – 5.33

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 410 cows in milk.
  • 97 culls left the farm last Wednesday 15th,86 empties 9 Johnees cows and 2 low producing culls.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking .
  • 31 cows have now been dried off 3 on BCS and 23 on low production and 5 on lameness.
  • Heifers have been moved to contract grazing on the 1st May
  • R2 heifers were teat sealed on the 11th May .They were weighed drenched and received a B-12 plus selenium on the 7th May.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Tuesday 19th May, 4.9 average BCS . This data along with calving date will determine which group cows will be wintered in this winter. Where we normally winter our cows is a dry land block and with the very dry autumn this block will not be able to support all our cows this winter .180 cows will be wintered on Kale and straw at Sheffield. These will be made up of cows calving after 10 August. The rest of the cows will be wintered at our normal winter block in 3 different mobs  Fats who will be offered a diet of 7 green and 3 of silage, Mids who will be offered a diet of 11 green and 3 of silage and lights who will be offered a diet of 13 green and 3 of silage.

 BCS1 20.5.20BCS2 20.5.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 9.5°C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 20.5.20

 

 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

soil moist 20.5.20

 

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received .6 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed wedge 20.5.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2087kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 441 cows eating 15 kgDM/cow/day = 6615 kgDM/day or 41 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing 38 ha of the farm 29.5 day round = 5.42ha grazed/day
    3. 6615 kgDM/day / 5.42 ha/day = 1220 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1220 + 1500 = 2720 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 31 days. Over the next week round length will be quicker so as we achieve our target cover of 1900 at dry off.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 4.3 Kg DM per cow per day.
  • 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.

20.5.20 spring rotation

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 441 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and silage.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF is trialing 3 different pasture assessment tools to demonstrate to farmers various options available for monitoring and managing pasture.

Key Contributors:

  • LUDF, Platemeter assessments + Pasture Coach
  • C-DAX, Robotic assessment
  • LIC SPACE, Satellite assessment

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover - Plate Meter May 19 2020 vs SPACE May 17 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

plate vs space 19.5.20

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date - Click Here To Download PDF

19.5.20 pasture cover season to date

Tuesday 12 May 2020

LUDF – focus for 2019/20 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

Farm system comprises 3.5 cows/ha (peak milked), Target up to 170kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $1.1 million and Target production of over 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production).

 

Critical issues for the short term
  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management
  3. Staff wellbeing.
  4. Extremely high measures of hygiene

 

Key points:

Growth 34 KgDM
Farm cover 2231
Round length 37 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
All cows have now been put on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.22 Kg MS
424 cows in milk
3.6 mils of rain for the week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 12thMay 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2231KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

34 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

37 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

3.6 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

441

Ave Soil Temp (week)

10.5⁰C

SCC

159,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.16 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 6.47

Milk Protein – 5.25

 

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

 

Herd Management

  • There are 424 cows in milk.
  • 97 culls left the farm April 15th,86 empties 9 Johnees cows and 2 low producing culls.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking.
  • 17 cows have now been dried off 3 on BCS and 14 on low production and 1 on lameness.
  • Heifers have been moved to contract grazing on the 1st May
  • R2 heifers were teat sealed on the 11th May. They were weighed drenched and received a B-12 plus selenium on the 7th May.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th March, 4.5 average BCS.

12.5.20 BCS112.5.20 BCS2

Growing Condition

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 10.5°C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

12.5.20 soil temp

 

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).

12.5.20 soil moisture

 

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 3.6 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 Feed wedge 12.5.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2245kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 441 cows eating 16 kgDM/cow/day = 7056 kgDM/day or 44 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 35 day round = 4.57ha grazed/day
    3. 7056 kgDM/day / 4.57 ha/day = 1,543 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1543 + 1500 = 3043 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 37 days with a target of a minimum of 35 days.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 3.6 Kg DM per cow per day.
  • 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.

 12.5.20 autumn cover

Feed Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 441 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 35 day round.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF is trialing 3 different pasture assessment tools to demonstrate to farmers various options available for monitoring and managing pasture.

Key Contributors:

  • LUDF, Platemeter assessments + Pasture Coach
  • C-DAX, Robotic assessment
  • LIC SPACE, Satellite assessment

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover - Plate Meter May 5 2020 vs SPACE May 8 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

12.5.20 plate vs space

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date - Click Here To Download PDF

12.5.20 season to date graph