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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 18 February 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. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

 

Key points:

Growth 70 KgDM
Farm cover 2320
Round length 21 days off 153 Ha
Silage fed over last 2 Days
Ai finished 31st December
71% - 6 week in calf rate
16% empty rate in cows in milk
8% empty in R2 Heifers
Cows averaged 1.77 Kg MS
0.4 Mils of rain for the week
548 cows in milk

 Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 18th February 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2320 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

70 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

21 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

2.8 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

17.6⁰C

SCC

96,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.77 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.83

Milk Fat – 5.22

Milk Protein - 4.36

 

Next Farm Walk –25th February 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 548 cows in milk.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 166 cows in the small herd now.
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th. They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • Heifers were weighed last Thursday 30th January and were given their 2nd BVD Vaccine and were given B12 plus selenium
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 14th January, 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

 BCS 1 18.2.20

BCS 2 18.2.20

Mating

  • Yearling heifers were preg tested 21st December to see how many got incalf to Ai .There were 82 out of 158 confirmed in calf to Ai 51% .Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58%
  • 8% empty from scan on Monday 27th January of R2 Heifers
  • Bulls removed from heifers 16 December .Total 10 weeks of mating.
  • Preg Test on 13th January confirmed 71%  6 week in calf of cows in milk and preg test done on 7th February confirmed 16% of cows in milk as empty. Total mating period 75 

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 17.6 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 18.2.20

  

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

 soil moisture 18.2.20

 

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 3 days of irrigation on the north block and 3 days of irrigation on the south block over the last week. Soil moisture has increased due to the small amount of rain and the cooler days over the last week.
  • The farm received 0.4 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 2feed wedge 18.2.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2320 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9864 kgDM/day or 61 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.1 ha grazed/day
    3. 9864kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,617 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1617 + 1500 = 3117 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 21 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last couple of days to help hold round length
  • N-Protect was applied to 58.3 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • 6.9 Ha post mown over the last week.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December  .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .
  • Paddock N-3 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into available area and has now had 2 grazings.
  • Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 28th January  .Mix was Trojan ,Shogun plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round

Feeding Management for the coming month

  • We currently have 548 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 11 February 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. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

 

Key points:

Growth 61 KgDM
Farm cover 2315
Round length 22 days off 153 Ha
Ai finished 31st December
71% - 6 week in calf rate
16% empty rate in cows in milk
8% empty in R2 Heifers
Cows averaged 1.82 Kg MS
8.8 Mils of rain for the week
548 cows in milk

 Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 11th February 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2315gDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

61 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

22 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16⁰C

SCC

90,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.82 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.83

Milk Fat – 5.15

Milk Protein - 4.27


Next Farm Walk –18thFebruary 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 548 cows in milk.
  2. The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 166 cows in the small herd now.
  3. All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th .They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  4. Heifers were weighed last Thursday 30th January and were given their 2nd BVD Vaccine and were given B12 plus selenium
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 14th January, 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

A. Body condition score 1. 11.02.2020

B. Body condition score 2. 11.02.2020

Mating

  • Yearling heifers were preg tested 21st December to see how many got incalf to Ai .There were 82 out of 158 comfirmed in calf to Ai 51% .Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58%
  • 8% empty from scan on Monday 27th January of R2 Heifers
  • Bulls removed from heifers 16 December .Total 10 weeks of mating.
  • Preg Test on 13th January confirmed 71%  6 week in calf of cows in milk and preg test done on 7th February confirmed 16% of cows in milk as empty. Total mating period 75 days.

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 16 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

A. Soil temp history 1. 11.02.2020

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

 B. Soil temp history 2. 11.02.2020

 

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 3 days of irrigation on the north block and 3 days of irrigation on the south block over the last week. Soil moisture has increased due to the small amount of rain and the cooler days over the last week.
  • The farm received 8.8 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed wedge report 1. 11.02.2020

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2438 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9864 kgDM/day or 61 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.1 ha grazed/day
    3. 9864kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,617 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1617 + 1500 = 3117 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 22 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 35 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • No mowing over the last week.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December  .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.
  • Paddock N-3 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into available area and has had its first grazing.
  • Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 28th January  .Mix was Trojan ,Shogun plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round

Feed Management For the Coming Month

  • We currently have 548 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 4 February 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. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

Key points:

Growth 78 KgDM
Farm cover 2438
Round length 25 days off 153 Ha
Ai finished 31st December
71% - 6 week in calf rate
8% empty in R2 Heifers
Cows averaged 1.82 Kg MS
No rain for the week
548 cows in milk

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 4th February 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2438 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

78 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

18.4⁰C

SCC

81,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.82 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 5.15

Milk Protein - 4.23

 Next Farm Walk - 11th February  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 548 cows in milk.
  2. The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 166 cows in the small herd now.
  3. All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th .They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  4. Heifers were weighed last Thursday 30th January and were given their 2nd BVD Vaccine and were given B12 plus selenium
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 14th January, 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

Mating

  1. Yearling heifers were preg tested 21st December to see how many got incalf to Ai .There were 82 out of 158 comfirmed in calf to Ai 51% .Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58%
  2. 8% empty from scan on Monday 27th January of R2 Heifers
  3. Bulls removed from heifers 16 December .Total 10 weeks of mating
  4. Preg Test on 13th January confirmed 71%  6 week in calf of cows in milk

Body condition score 1 04.02.2020body condition score 2 04.02.2020

Growing Conditions

The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 18.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

Soil temp history 1 04.02.2020

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

soil temp history 2 04.02.2020

  • This week's graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 7 days of irrigation on the north block and 7 days of irrigation on the south block over the last week.
  • The farm had no rain over the last week.

 

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 5.2.20

 

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2438 kgDM/ha .
  2. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 18.5 kgDM/cow/day = 10138 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.1 ha grazed/day
    3. 10138 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,662kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1662 + 1500 = 3162 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 25 days with a target of 25 days round.
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. With growth being higher than demand over the last couple of weeks we have removed paddock N-7 for silage.
  6. N-Protect was applied to 35 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  7. Paddock N-10 ,S-8 and S-7 were  mown post grazing
  8. Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December  .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.
  9. Paddock N-3 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th January.
  10. Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into available area and has had its first grazing.
  11. Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 28th January  .Mix was Trojan ,Shogun plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round

 Feeding Management for the coming month:

  1. We currently have 548 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 22-25 day round.
  3. Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  4. We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

 

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Feb 4 2020 - No Space or C-Dax data available this week

4.2.20 plate meter

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date PDF download

4.2.20 space vs plate

Tuesday 28 January 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. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

 

Key points:

Growth 82 KgDM
Farm cover 2472
Round length 25 days off 153 Ha
Ai finished 31st December
71% - 6 week in calf rate
8% empty in R2 Heifers
Cows averaged 1.83 Kg MS
One paddock removed for silge
No rain for the week
548 cows in milk
 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 28th January 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2472KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

82 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

17.9⁰C

SCC

72,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.83 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.85

Milk Fat – 5.01

Milk Protein - 4.24

Next Farm Walk –4thFebruary 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 548 cows in milk.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 166 cows in the small herd now.
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th .They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 14th January, 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

BCS 1. 28.01.20BCS 2. 28.01.20

Mating

  • Yearling heifers were preg tested 21st December to see how many got incalf to Ai .There were 82 out of 158 comfirmed in calf to Ai 51% .Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58%
  • 8% empty from scan on Monday 27th January of R2 Heifers
  • Bulls removed from heifers 16 December .Total 10 weeks of mating.
  • Preg Test on 13th January confirmed 71%  6 week in calf of cows in milk

 

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 17.9 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 Soil temp 28.01.20

 

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

Soil moisture 28.01.20

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 4 days of irrigation on the north block and 4 days of irrigation on the south block over the last week.
  • The farm had no rain over the last week.

 

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 Feed wedge 28.01.20

  •  Average Pasture Cover is 2472 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 18.5 kgDM/cow/day = 10138 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.1 ha grazed/day
    3. 10138 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,662kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1662 + 1500 = 3162 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 25 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • With growth being higher than demand over the last couple of weeks we have removed paddock N-7 for silage .
  • N-Protect was applied to 29.35 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • Paddock N-6 was mown post grazing
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December  .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover,sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.
  • Paddock N-3 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into available area and has had its first grazing.
  • Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 28th January  .Mix was Trojan ,Shogun plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round

Feeding Management for the coming month:

  • We currently have 548 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.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Jan 28th 2020 - No Space or C-Dax data available this week

28.1.20 plate meter

 

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date PDF download

pasture cover to date 28.01.20

Tuesday 21 January 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. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

 

Key points:

Growth 72 KgDM
Farm cover 2425
Round length 25 days off 153 Ha
Ai finished 31st December
71% - 6 week in calf rate
Cows averaged 1.82 Kg MS
4 mil of rain for the week
548 cows in milk

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 21st January 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2425KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

72 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

17⁰C

SCC

82,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.82 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.83

Milk Fat – 5.15

Milk Protein - 4.26

Next Farm Walk –28th January 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 548 cows in milk.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 166 cows in the small herd now.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage. 221 replacement came back with full parentage. We have retained 162 of these and the surplus have been sold
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th .They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 14th January, 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

BCS1 23.01.20.1

 

BCS2 23.01.20

Mating

  • Yearling heifers were preg tested 21st December to see how many got in-calf to Ai. There were 82 out of 158 confirmed in calf to Ai 51%. Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58%
  • Bulls removed from heifers 16 December. Total 10 weeks of mating.
  • Preg Test on 13th January confirmed 71%  6 weeks in calf

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 17 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

SOil Temp 21.01.20 

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

 soil moisture 21.01.20

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 21.01.20

  •  
  • Average Pasture Cover is 2425 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 18.5 kgDM/cow/day = 10138 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.1 ha grazed/day
    3. 10138 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,662kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1662 + 1500 = 3162 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 25 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 33.92 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • No mowing over the last week.
  1. Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December  .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.
  2. Paddock N-3 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th January.
  3. Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into available area
  4. Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for re grassing.

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 548 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.

 

Pasture Assessment Program

UDF will trial 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 Jan 21st 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

space vs plate 21.1.20

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date PDF downloadpasture cover to date 21.01.20

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 14 January 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. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

 

Key points:

Growth 73 KgDM
Farm cover 2445
Round length 27 days off 153 Ha
Ai finished 31st December
71% - 6 week in calf rate
Cows averaged 1.89 Kg MS
1 ml of rain for the week
548 cows in milk

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 14th January 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2445KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

73 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

27 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.5⁰C

SCC

77,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.89 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.84

Milk Fat – 5.04

Milk Protein - 4.24

 

Next Farm Walk –21st January 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 548 cows in milk.
  • The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last week’s BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  • The small herd will be rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season over the next couple of days.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage. 221 replacement came back with full parentage. We have retained 162 of these and the surplus have been sold
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th. They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and were also given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 14th January, 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

BCS 14.01.20BCS2 14.01.20

Mating

  1. Yearling heifers were preg tested 21st December to see how many got in-calf to Ai. There were 82 out of 158 confirmed in calf to Ai 51%. Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58%
  2. Bulls removed from heifers 16 December. Total 10 weeks of mating.
  3. Preg Test on 13th January confirmed 71%  6 week in-calf

 

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 16.5 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 14.01.20

 

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

14.01.20 soil moisture

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 5 days of irrigation on the North Block and 5 days of irrigation on the south Block over the last week.
  • The farm received 1 mls of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

14.01.20 feed wedge

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2445 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 18.5 kgDM/cow/day = 10138 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.1 ha grazed/day
    3. 10138 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,662kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1662 + 1500 = 3162 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 27 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 31.2 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • No mowing over the last week.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re-grassing. This was direct drilled back into the pasture on the 10th of December. Mix was Trojan, Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30 kg/Ha. The total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.
  • Paddock N-3 had a post-emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into the available area
  • Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for re-grassing.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  • We currently have 548 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.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Jan 21st 2020 - No Space or C-Dax data available this week

14.01.20 plate vs space

 

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover Season to Date PDF download

14.01.20 spasture cover season tod ate

Tuesday 7 January 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. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

 Key points:

Growth 95 KgDM
Farm cover 2408
Round length 24 days off 153 Ha
Ai finished 31st December
Cows averaged 1.91 Kg MS
1.6 mils of rain for the week
552 cows in milk

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 7th January 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2408KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

95 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.8⁰C

SCC

84,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.91 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.83

Milk Fat – 5.07

Milk Protein -4.21

Next Farm Walk –14th January 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 552 cows in milk.
  • The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last week’s BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage. 221 replacement came back with full parentage. We have retained 162 of these and the surplus have been sold
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th. They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25th November, 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

7.1.19 BCS17.1.19 BCS2

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  • This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  • Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October, 141 mated in 10 days (90%).
  • Yearling heifers were pregnancy tested yesterday to see how many got in-calf to Ai. There were 82 out of 158 confirmed in calf to Ai 51% .Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58% .
  • Bulls removed from heifers 16 December. Total 10 weeks of mating.
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) 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.
  • Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday 12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a pre mating heat.
  • Total number of cows mated to-date: 533, 96.5%.
  • On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated, and the rest were left to come on in their own time.
  • All cows have now been mated.

 

Mating plan: Start date 18th October, Finish date 31st December, First pregnancy test scheduled for 13th of January

  1. Week 1-3: sexed semen, 15 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 16.8 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

7.01.19 Soil temp

 

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

 7.1.19 Soil moisture

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 3 days of irrigation on the North Block and 3 days of irrigation on the South Block over the last week.
  • The farm received 1.6 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

7.01.19 feed wedge 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2408 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10488 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.1 ha grazed/day
    3. 10488 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,719 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1719 + 1500 = 3219 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 24 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 31.62 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • No mowing over the last week.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re-grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December . Mix was Trojan, Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha. Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

 

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 552 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.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Jan 7th 2020 - No Space or C-Dax data available this week

07.1.19 plate meter

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season to Date PDF download

7.1.19 pasture cover to date

 

Tuesday 31 December 2019

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. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

 

Key points:

Growth 76 KgDM
Farm cover 2319
Round length 24 days off 153 Ha
Ai finished today
Cows averaged 1.92 Kg MS
No rain for the week
552 cows in milk

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 31st December 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2319KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

76 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.1⁰C

SCC

86,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.92 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.85

Milk Fat – 4.98

Milk Protein -4.26

 

Next Farm Walk –7th January 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 552 cows in milk.
  • The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows .After last weeks BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged .All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage .221 replacement came back with full parentage.We have retained 162 of these and the surplus have been sold
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th .They received their follow up boster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25th November ,4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

30.12.19 bcs

 

30.12.19 bcs2

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  • This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers .We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  • Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October ,141 mated in 10 days (90%).
  • Yearling heifers were preg tested yesterday to see how many got incalf to Ai .There were 82 out of 158 comfirmed in calf to Ai 51% .Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58% .
  • Bulls removed from heifers yesterday 16 December .Total 10 weeks of mating.
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd  August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis .Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) 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.
  • Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a pre mating heat.
  • Total number of cows mated to-date: 533, 96.5%.
  • On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated and the rest were left to come on in their own time.
  • All cows have now been mated.
  • Mating plan: Start date 18th October Finish date 31st December
  • First Pregnancy test is scheduled for 13th January
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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 Anus
    2. Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Anus
    3. Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Anus
    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 16.1 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 30.12.19 soil temp

 

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

 30.12.19 soil moist

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 7 days of irrigation on the North Block and 7 days of irrigation on the south Block over the last week.
  • The farm received no rain over the last week.

 

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 30.12.19 feed wedge

  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2319 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10488 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.1 ha grazed/day
    3. 10488 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,719 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1719 + 1500 = 3219 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 24 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 30.18 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • No mowing over the last week.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December  .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover,sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 552 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.

Passture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Dec 31st 2019 - No C-Dax data available this week

 30.12.19 space vs plate

 

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover Season to Date PDF download

 30.12.19 pasture cover to date

Tuesday 24 December 2019

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. Turn attention to mating management
  2. Identifying cycling cows
  3. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  4. Irrigation season has started!

 

Key points:

Growth 73 KgDM
Farm cover 2318
Round length 25 days off 153 Ha
Cows averaged 1.96 Kg MS
37.4 mils of rain for the week
552 cows in milk

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 24th December 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2318KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

73 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14.9⁰C

SCC

89,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.96 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.85

Milk Fat – 4.93

Milk Protein -4.17

 

Next Farm Walk –31st December 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 552 cows in milk.
  • The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last weeks BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage .221 replacement came back with full parentage.We have retained 162 of these and the surplus have been sold
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th. They received their follow up boster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25th November,4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

 24.12.19 bcs1

24.12.19 bcs2

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  • This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers .We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  • Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October ,141 mated in 10 days (90%).
  • Yearling heifers were preg tested yesterday to see how many got incalf to Ai .There were 82 out of 158 comfirmed in calf to Ai 51% .Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58% .
  • Bulls removed from heifers yesterday 16 December .Total 10 weeks of mating.
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd  August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis .Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) 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.
  • Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a pre mating heat.
  • Total number of cows mated to-date: 533, 96.5%.
  • On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated and the rest were left to come on in their own time.
  • All cows have now been mated.

Mating plan: Start date 18th October

  1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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 14.9 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 24.12.19 soil temp

 

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

 24.12.19 soil moisture

  

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 2 days of irrigation on the North Block and 2 days of irrigation on the south Block over the last week.
  • The farm received 37.4 rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

 Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 24.12.19 feed wedge

 

  •  Average Pasture Cover is 2318 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10488 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.1 ha grazed/day
    3. 10488 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,719 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1719 + 1500 = 3219 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 25 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 42.04 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • 21.63 Ha post graze mown.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December  .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover,sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 552 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.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 December 24th 2019 - No Space or C-Dax data available this week

 24.12.19 plate meter

 Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season to Date PDF download

 24.12.19 pasture cover to date

 

Tuesday 17 December 2019

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. Turn attention to mating management
  2. Identifying cycling cows
  3. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  4. Irrigation season has started!

 

Key points:

Growth 80 KgDM
Farm cover 2343
Round length 22 days off 153 Ha
Cows averaged 1.92 Kg MS
No rain for the week
552 cows in milk

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 17thNovember 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2343KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

80 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

22 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.6⁰C

SCC

90,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.92 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.84

Milk Fat – 4.87

Milk Protein -4.09

 

Next Farm Walk –24th December 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 552 cows in milk.
  • The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last week’s BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage. 221 replacement came back with full parentage. We have retained 162 of these and the surplus have been sold
  • All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned and are now on grass.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25th November, 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

17.12.19 bcs

17.12.19 bcs2

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  • This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  • Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October, 141 mated in 10 days (90%).
  • Yearling heifers were preg tested yesterday to see how many got in-calf to Ai. There were 82 out of 158 confirmed in calf to Ai 51%. Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58% .
  • Bulls removed from heifers yesterday 16 December. Total 10 weeks of mating.
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd  August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) for metritis
  • Blood was 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.
  • Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday 12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a pre mating heat.
  • Total number of cows mated to-date: 533, 96.5%.
  • On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated and the rest were left to come on in their own time.
  • All cows have now been mated.

Mating plan: Start date 18th October

  1. Week 1-3: sexed semen, 15 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 16.6 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 17.12.19 soil temp

 

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

 17.12.19 soil moisture

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 2 days of irrigation on the North Block and 2 days of irrigation on the south Block over the last week. Soil moisture has held reasonably well this week and with the expected rain today we turned off the irrigation last Thursday .If we don’t get enough rain over the next couple of days we will be full on irrigating again.
  • The farm received no rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 17.12.19 feed wedge

  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2343 kgDM/ha.
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10488 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.1 ha grazed/day
    3. 10488 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,719 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1719 + 1500 = 3219 kgDM/ha.
  •  Round length last week was 22 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 33.32 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • 10 Ha post graze mown.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December. Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

Feeding Management for the Coming Month:

  • We currently have 552 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.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Dec 17 2019 - No C-Dax data available this week

 17.12.19 space vs plate

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season to Date PDF download

 17.12.19 pasture cover to date

 

Tuesday 10 December 2019

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. Turn attention to mating management
  2. Identifying cycling cows
  3. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  4. Irrigation season has started!

  

Key points:

Growth 68 KgDM
Farm cover 2434
Round length 21 days
Cows averaged 2.0 Kg MS
0.02 mils of rain for the week
552 cows in milk

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 10th December 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2434KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

68 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

21 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.1⁰C

SCC

89,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.0 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 4.98

Milk Protein -4.09

 

Next Farm Walk –17th December 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 552 cows in milk.
  • The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last week’s BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage. 221 replacement came back with full parentage. We have retained 162 of these and the surplus have been sold
  • All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned and are now on grass.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25th November, 4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

10.12.19 bcs

 

 

10.12.19 bcs2

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  • This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers .We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  • Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October ,141 mated in 10 days (90%).
  • Yearling heifers were preg tested yesterday to see how many got incalf to Ai .There were 82 out of 158 confirmed in calf to Ai 51% .Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58% .
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd  August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) 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.
  • Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September).  84% of cows were recorded as having a pre mating heat.
  • Total number of cows mated to-date: 533, 96.5%.
  • On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated, and the rest were left to come on in their own time.
  • All cows have now been mated.

Mating plan: Start date 18th October:

    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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 16.1 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

10.12.19 soil temp

 

 

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

10.12.19 soil moisture

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 7 days of irrigation on the North Block and 7 days of irrigation on the south Block over the last week. Soil moisture still declined over the last week even though the irrigation was going every day due to the persisting winds.
  • The farm received 0.02 mils rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

10.12.19 feed wedge

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2434 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10488 kgDM/day or 65 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 10488 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,719 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1719 + 1500 = 3219 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 21 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 37.23 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • 12.3 Ha post graze mown.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This has been direct drilled back into pasture today. Mix was Trojan, Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha. Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

 

Feeding Management for the coming month:

  • We currently have 552 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.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Dec 10th 2019 - No Space or C-Dax data available this week

10.12.19 plate meter

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season to Date PDF download

 10.12.19 pasture cover to date

 

Tuesday 3 December 2019

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. Turn attention to mating management
  2. Identifying cycling cows
  3. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  4. Irrigation season has started!

Key points:

Growth 90 KgDM
Farm cover 2420
Round length 21 days
Cows averaged 2.05 Kg MS
N0 rain for the week
552 cows in milk

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 3rd December 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2420KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

90 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

21 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

15.8⁰C

SCC

98,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.05 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.84

Milk Fat – 4.93

Milk Protein -4.14

 

Next Farm Walk –10th December 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 552 cows in milk.
  • The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last weeks BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage .221 replacement came back with full parentage. We have retained 162 of these and the surplus has been sold
  • All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned and are now on grass.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25th November,4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

 3.12.19 bcs1

 

 

3.12.19 bcs2

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  • This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  • Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October,141 mated in 10 days (90%).
  • Yearling heifers were preg tested yesterday to see how many got incalf to Ai. There were 82 out of 158 confirmed in calf to Ai 51%. Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58%.
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd  August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) 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.
  • Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a pre mating heat.
  • Total number of cows mated to-date: 533, 96.5%.
  • On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated, and the rest were left to come on in their own time.
  • All cows have now been mated.

Mating plan Start date 18th October:

    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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 15.8 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

3.12.19 soil temp

 

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

 3.12.19 soil moist

  

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 6 days of irrigation on the North Block and 7 days of irrigation on the south Block over the last week
  • The farm received no rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 3.12.19 feed wedge

  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2420 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10488 kgDM/day or 65 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 10488 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,719 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1719 + 1500 = 3219 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 21 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 36.71 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • 6.61 Ha post graze mown.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re-grassing. Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

Feeding Management For The Coming Month

  • We currently have 552 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.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Dec 3 2019 - No C-Dax data available this week

3.12.19 plate vs space 

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season to Date PDF download

 3.12.19 pasture cover

 

Tuesday 26 November 2019

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.  Turn attention to mating management
  2. Identifying cycling cows
  3. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  4. Irrigation season has started!

Key points:

Growth 74 KgDM
Farm cover 2326
Round length 26 days
Cows averaged 2.08 Kg MS
23.4 mils of rain for the week
552 cows in milk

 Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 26th November 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2326 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

74 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

26 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14.1⁰C

SCC

90,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.08 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.84

Milk Fat – 4.89

Milk Protein -4.10

 

Next Farm Walk –3rd December 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 552 cows in milk.
  • The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last weeks BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage. 221 replacement came back with full percentage. We have retained 162 of these and the surplus have been sold
  • All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned and are now on grass.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25th November,4.4 average BCS below are the graphs.

26.11.19 BSC

26.11.19 BSC2

Mating preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  • This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  • Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October ,141 mated in 10 days (90%).
  • Yearling heifers were preg tested yesterday to see how many got incalf to Ai. There were 82 out of 158 comfirmed in calf to Ai 51% .Of the 158 there were 141 submitted for Ai which is 58% .
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd  August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) 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.
  • Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a pre mating heat.
  • Total number of cows mated to-date: 533, 96.5%.
  • On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated and the rest were left to come on in their own time.
  • We have now completed 5.5 weeks of mating and all but 7 cows have now been mated.
  • Mating plan: Start date 18th October
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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 14.1 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

26.11.19 soil temp

 

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

26.11.19 soil moisture

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 2 days of irrigation over the last week
  • The farm received 23.4 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 26.11.19 Feed wedge

  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2326kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10488 kgDM/day or 65 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 10488 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,638 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1638 + 1500 = 3138 kgDM/ha.
  •  Round length last week was 26days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 52.96 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • 6.9 Ha post graze mown.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  • We currently have 552 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.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Nov 26th 2019 - No Space or C-Dax data available this week

26.11.19 plate meter vs space 

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season to Date PDF download

 26.11.19 pasture cover

 

Tuesday 19 November 2019

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. Turn attention to mating management
  2. Identifying cycling cows
  3. Managing average pasture cover/cow intakes/residuals as pastures start going to seed
  4. Irrigation season has started!

 

Key points:

Growth 79 KgDM
Farm cover 2327
Round length 24 days
Cows averaged 2.14 Kg MS
7.6 mils of rain for the week
552 cows in milk

 Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 19th November 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2327 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

79 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14.5⁰C

SCC

98,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.14 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 4.99

Milk Protein -4.08

 

Next Farm Walk – 26th November 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 552 cows in milk.
  • The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last week’s BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage
  • 207 heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk 45 are on adlib meal and grass and 162 that are over 100Kg are now on grass only.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th October, 4.5 average BCS below are the graphs.

 BCS19.11.19

bs219.11.19

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  • This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this, all heifers will be running with bulls.
  • Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October,147 mated in 10 days (93%).
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd of August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) 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.
  • Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th of September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a pre-mating heat.
  • Total number of cows mated to-date: 533, 96.5%.
  • On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated and the rest were left to come on in their own time.
  • Last Thursday at the end of 3 weeks of mating all cows that hadn’t been mated (47) were drafted for veterinary examination 32 of these were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection.9 were put on an ovsynch program.
  • Mating plan: Start date 18th October
    • Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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
    • Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Angus
    • Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Angus
    • Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy
    • Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 14.5 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 Soil temp 19.11.19

 

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

 Soil moisture 19.11.19

  

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • No irrigation over the last week
  • The farm received 7.6 mils of rain over the last week.

 

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 feed wedge 19.11.19

   

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2327kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10488 kgDM/day or 65 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 10488 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,638 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1638 + 1500 = 3138 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 24days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 45.86 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • 36.92 Ha post graze mown.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  • We currently have 552 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.

Pasture Assesment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Nov 19 2019 - No Space or C-Dax data available this week

 19.11.19 plate meter

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season to Date PDF download

 19.11.19 pasture cover to date

 

Pasture Assesment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Nov 19 2019 - No Space or C-Dax data available this week

 19.11.19 plate meter

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season to Date PDF download

 19.11.19 pasture cover to date

 

Tuesday 12 November 2019

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.  Turn attention to mating management
  2. Identifying cycling cows
  3. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  4. Irrigation season has started!

Key points:

Growth 74 KgDM
Farm cover 2354
Round length 25 days
Cows averaged 2.14 Kg MS
25.8 mils of rain for the week
552 cows in milk

 Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 12th November 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2354 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

74 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

554

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14.6⁰C

SCC

96,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.14 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 4.86

Milk Protein -3.99

 

Next Farm Walk – 19th November 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 552 cows in milk.
  • The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last week’s BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  • 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage
  • 207 heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk 45 are on adlib meal and grass and 162 that are over 100Kg are now on grass only.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th October, 4.5 average BCS below are the graphs.

 12.11.19 BCS

12.11.19 BSC2

 

 

Mating Preparedness

  • Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  • This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  • Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October ,147 mated in 10 days (93%).
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd of August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) 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.
  • Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a premating heat.
  • Total number of cows mated to-date: 525, 95.1%.
  • On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated, and the rest were left to come on in their own time.
  • Last Thursday at the end of 3 weeks of mating all cows that hadn’t been mated (47) were drafted for veterinary examination 32 of these were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection.9 were put on an ovsynch program.
  • Mating plan: Start date 18th October
    • Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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
    • Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Angus
    • Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Angus
    • Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy
    • Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 14.6 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

12.11.19 soil temp 

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

 12.11.19 soil moisture

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 5 days of irrigation over the last week
  • The farm received 25.8 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 12.11.19 feed wedge

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2354kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    • 554 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,080 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    • We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    • 11,080 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,731 kgDM
    • Pre-graze cover = 1,731 + 1550 = 3281 kgDM/ha.
  •  Round length last week was 25days with a target of 25 days round.
  • No silage fed over the last week
  • N-Protect was applied to 51.64 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • 15.67 Ha post graze mown.

 

Feeding Management for the coming month

  • We currently have 554 cows grazing on the milking platform.552 in milk and 2 culls
  • 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.

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Nov 12th 2019 - No C-Dax data available this week

12.11.19 space vs meter

 

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season to Date PDF download

12.11.19 pasture cover to date 

 

Tuesday 5 November 2019

 

LUDFfocus 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. Turn attention to mating management
  2. Identifying cycling cows
  3. Managing average pasture cover/cow intakes/residuals as pastures start going to seed
  4. Irrigation season has started!

 

 

Key points:

Growth 77 KgDM
Farm cover 2347
Round length 25 days
Cows averaged 2.16 Kg MS
1.2 mils of rain for the week
552 cows in milk
 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 5th November 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2347 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

77kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

554

Ave Soil Temp (week)

12.6⁰C

SCC

100,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.16 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.84

Milk Fat – 4.82

Milk Protein -4.06

 

Next Farm Walk – 12th November 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 552 cows in milk.
  2. The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last weeks BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  3. 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage
  4. 165 heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk 99 are on adlib meal and grass and 66 that are over 100Kg are now on grass only.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th October,4.5 average BCS below are the graphs.

BCS1

 

BSC2

Mating Preparedness

  1. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  2. This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  3. Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October ,147 mated in 10 days (93%).
  4. Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd  August 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) for metritis
  5. 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.
  6. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a premating heat.
  7. A total number of cows mated to-date: 468 or 24.6 cows/day average.
  8. On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated, and the rest were left to come on in their own time. 35 of these have now been mated. Another approximately 25  cows that had no signs of visible oestrus will be drafted tomorrow morning for veterinary examination.
  9. Mating plan: Start date 18th October

 

    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 12.6 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 soil temp5.11.19

 

 

 

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

 soil moisture 5.11.19

  

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. 2 days of irrigation over the last week
  3. The farm received 1.2 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 feed wedge 5.11.19

 

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2347kgDM/ha .
  2. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 554 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,080 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 11,080 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,731 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,731 + 1550 = 3281 kgDM/ha.

 

  1. Round length last week was 25days with a target of 25 days round.
  2. No silage fed over the last week
  3. Urea was applied to 35.21Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week. From next week we will start using N-Protect
  4. 36.5 Ha post graze mown and 13 Ha pre graze mown over the last week.

Feeding Management For the Coming Month

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

Pasture Assessment Program

LUDF will trial 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 Nov 5th 2019- No Space or C-Dax data available this week

 5.11.19 space vs pasture

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season to Date PDF download

 5.11.19 pasture cover

 

Tuesday 29 October 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 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 67 KgDM
Farm cover 2318
Round length 22 days
Cows averaged 2.22 Kg MS
29.2 mils of rain for the week
554 cows in milk
No irrigation over the last week
Small amount of silage fed to hold 22 day round

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 29th October 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2318 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

67kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

22 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

2.2 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

554

Ave Soil Temp (week)

11.3⁰C

SCC

90,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.22 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.83

Milk Fat – 4.93

Milk Protein -4.03

 

Next Farm Walk – 5th November 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 554 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last week’s BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  3. 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage
  4. 165 heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk 99 are on adlib meal and grass and 66 that are over 100Kg are now on grass only.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th September,4.6 average BCS below are the graphs.

 Calving Spread 29 10 2019BCS 29 10 2019

Mating Preparedness

  1. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  2. This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers .We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  3. Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October ,147 mated in 10 days (93%).
  4. Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd August 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis .Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) for metritis
  5. 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.
  6. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a premating heat.
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 308 or 25.6 cows/day average.
  8. On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated, and the rest were left to come on in their own time. 35 of these have now been mated. Another approximately 25 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus will be drafted tomorrow morning for veterinary examination.
  9. Mating plan: Start date 18th October:
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 11.3 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 Soil Temo 29 10 2019

 

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

 Soil Moist 29 10 2019

 

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. No irrigation over the last week
  3. The farm received 29.2 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

 Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 feed wedge 29 10 2019

 

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2318kgDM/ha.
  2. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 554 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,080 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 11,080 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,731 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,731 + 1550 = 3281 kgDM/ha.
  1. Round length last week was 22days with a target of 25 days round.
  2. Silage has been fed at 2.2Kg per cow per day over the last week to maintain round length
  3. AMMO 31 has been applied to the whole milking platform now so we are now applying straight urea. This was applied to 56.94 Ha at 25Kg N per Ha
  4.  7.2 Ha post graze mown over the last week.

 

Feed Management for the coming month

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

 

Tuesday 22 October 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 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 84 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2334
  • Round length 22 days
  • Cows averaged 2.27 Kg MS
  • 22.2 mils of rain for the week
  • 554 cows in milk
  • No irrigation over the last week
  • Small amount of silage fed to hold 22 day round

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2334 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

84 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

22 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

.88 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

554

Ave Soil Temp (week)

12.1⁰C

SCC

96,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.27 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 4.91

Milk Protein -4.03

 

Next Farm Walk – 29th 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

  1. There are 554 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform. Calving has now finished
  2. The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows .After last weeks BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  3. 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage
  4. 136 heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk and are now on adlib meal and grass.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th September, 4.6 average BCS below are the graphs.

Colving 22 Oct 2019

BCS 22 Oct 2019

Mating Preparedness

  1. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  2. This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  3. Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October ,147 mated in 10 days (93%).
  4. Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) for metritis
  5. 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.
  6. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 84% of cows were recorded as having a pre-mating heat.
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 134 or 27 cows/day average.
  8. On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated and the rest were left to come on in their own time.
  9. Mating plan: Start date 18th October
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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 Anus
    2. Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Anus
    3. Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Anus
    4. Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy
    5. Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

1.      Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating

2.      This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.

3.      Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October ,147 mated in 10 days (93%).

4.      Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) for metritis

5.      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.

6.      Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September).84% of cows were recorded as having a pre-mating heat.

7.      Total number of cows mated to-date: 134 or 27 cows/day average.

8.      On Monday 21st October, 63 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Seven cows had cysts and were treated and the rest were left to come on in their own time.

9.      Mating plan: Start date 18th October

 

a.      Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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 Anus

b.      Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Anus

c.      Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Anus

d.      Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy

e.      Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

 

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 12.1 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp Oct 2019

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

SMoist 22 Oct 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. No irrigation over the last week
  3. The farm received 22.2 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 22 Oct 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2334kgDM/ha.
  2. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 554 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,080 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 11,080 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,731 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,731 + 1550 = 3281 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 22days with a target of 25 days round.
  4. Silage has been fed at 1.5Kg per cow per day for the last 4 days to maintain round length
  5. AMMO 31 has been applied to the whole milking platform now so we are now applying straight urea. This was applied to 47.3 Ha at 25Kg N per Ha
  6. 7.3 Ha post graze mown over the last week.

Feeding Management for the coming month

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

Tuesday 15 October 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 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 67 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2263
  • Round length 23 days
  • Cows averaged 2.25 Kg MS
  • 0.02 mm of rain for the week
  • All Cows have now calved
  • 554 cows in milk
  • Irrigation has started

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 15th October 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2263 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

67 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

23 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

554

Ave Soil Temp (week)

11.7⁰C

SCC

91,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.25 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.83

Milk Fat – 4.86

Milk Protein -4.02

 

Next Farm Walk – 22nd 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

  1. There are 554 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform. Calving has now finished
  2. The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last week’s BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  3. 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage.
  4. 136 heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk and are now on adlib meal and grass.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th September, 4.6 average BCS below are the graphs.

Calving 15 Oct 2019

BCS 15 October 2019

Mating Preparedness

  1. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  2. This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers .We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  3. Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers Monday 7th October and mating of them started Tuesday 8th October, 75 mated in 7 days.
  4. Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis Milkers were rechecked again on Thursday the 10th October and 14 were treated (3.%) for metritis
  5. 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.
  6. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 116 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 and 108 during week 2 and 142 during week 3 and 159 during Week 4 of pre-mating heats.
  7. Mating plan: Start date 18th October:
    1. Week 1-3: sexed semen,15 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 Anus
    2. Weeks 4-6 A2A2 Liquid Kiwi X high BW cows and low BW cows nominated –SGL Anus
    3. Week 7-All cows to nominated –SGL Anus
    4. Week 8 Nominated SGL Dairy
    5. Week 9-11 SGL Dairy Liquid

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 11.7 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 15 October 2019

 

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

SMoist 15 Oct 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. This week there has been 4 days irrigation in the north block and 3 days irrigation in the south block
  3. The farm received 0.2 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 15 Oct 2019

FeedWedge2 15 Oct 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2263kgDM/ha.
  2. Above are 2 feed wedges. The top one has the demand line set for 25 days and the second wedge has the demand line set for 22 days. We would prefer to be on a 24-25 day round than 22 day round. If we were to maintain a 25 day round at the moment we would need to be putting supplement in. We are still expecting growth to accelerate over the next few days now it is starting to warm up so will hold off feeding supplements over the next couple of days but we will be monitoring round length very closely.
  3. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    • 554 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,080 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    • We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    • 11,080 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,731 kgDM
    • Pre-graze cover = 1,731 + 1550 = 3281 kgDM/ha.
  1. Round length last week was 23 days with a target of 25 days round.
  2. AMMO 31 has been applied to the whole milking platform now so we are now applying straight urea. This was applied to 47.3 Ha at 25Kg N per Ha.
  3.  10.27 Ha post graze mown over the last week.

 

Feeding management for the coming month

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

Tuesday 8 October 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 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 69 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2286
  • Round length 23 days
  • Cows averaged 2.3 Kg MS
  • 7 mm of rain for the week
  • All Cows have now calved
  • 555 cows in milk

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 8th October 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2286 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

69 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)

9.1⁰C

SCC

100

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.3 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 4.96

Milk Protein -4.06

 

Next Farm Walk – 16th 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

  1. There are 555 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform. Calving has now finished.
  2. The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 169 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows. After last week’s BCS we have moved 27 cows out of the small herd into the big herd and moved 5 from the big herd into the small herd.
  3. 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage
  4. 60 heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk and are now on adlib meal and grass.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th September, 4.6 average BCS below are the graphs.

Calving 8 Oct 2019

BCS 8 Oct 2019

Mating Preparedness

  1. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating.
  2. This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  3. Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers yesterday and mating of them started today, 5 were put up today.
  4. Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis
  5. 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.
  6. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 116 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1and 108 during week 2 and 142 during week 3 of pre-mating heats.

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 9.1 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 8 Oct 2019

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

SMoist 8 Oct 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 7 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and feed management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedges

FeedWedges 8 Oct 2019FeedWedge2 8 Oct 2019

 

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2286kgDM/ha.
  2. Above are 2 feed wedges. The top one has the demand line set for 25 days and the second wedge has the demand line set for 22 days. We would prefer to be on a 24-25 day round than 22 day round. If we were to maintain a 25 day round at the moment we would need to be putting supplement in. We expect growth to accelerate over the next few days now it is starting to warm up so will hold off feeding supplements over the next couple of days but we will be monitoring round length very closely.
  3. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 555 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,100 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 11,100 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,734 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,734 + 1550 = 3284 kgDM/ha.
  4. AMMO 31 has been applied to the whole milking platform now so we are now applying straight urea. This was applied to 22.3 Ha at 25Kg N per Ha.
  5. 7.33 Ha has been pre graze mown over the last week and 24.8 Ha post graze mown.
  6. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 2 months. The farm finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha the target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha Actual cover end of July was 2812 kgDM/ha. We averaged 15.2KgDM/Ha a day through June and July.

Spring Cover Track 8 Oct 2019

 

 

  1. Our Spring Rotation Planner has started on the 24th July (due to synchronizing the heifers) and is planned to end on / about 25 September.
  2. 26.  Below is our plan vs actual SRP:

 

 Spring Rotation Planner 8 Oct 2019

 

Feeding management for the coming month

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