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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 7 April 2020

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

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

 

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

 Key points:

Growth 53 KgDM
Farm cover 2203
Round length 34 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
All cows have now been put on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.51 Kg MS
1mm of rain for the week
542 cows in milk

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 7thApril 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2203 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

53kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

34 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

5.86 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14⁰C

SCC

112,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.51 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.78

Milk Fat – 6.03

Milk Protein – 4.72

 

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 542 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on 2nd March. Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking. We have had to do this as we have not been able to get rid of our culls and will probably have them on farm for at least another couple of weeks.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods have been taken from these and tested for Johnees. Results came back as negative
  • All in milk cows have been tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our herd test on the 12th March. As a result of this test 7 came back as positive. These will be culled
  • 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
  • Heifers have been moved to some temporary grazing until they go out contract grazing on the 1st March
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th March, 4.5 average BCS.

BCS1 7.4.20BCS2 7.4.20

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

Soil moisture temp 7.4.20

 

 

  

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

soil moisture 7.4.20

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • No irrigation over the last week. There will be no more irrigation this season.
  • The farm received 1mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed wedge 7.4.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2203kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 547 cows eating 17 kgDM/cow/day = 9299 kgDM/day or 58 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 30 day round = 5.33ha grazed/day
    3. 9299 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1,754 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1754 + 1500 = 3254 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 34 days with a target of 30 days round.

feed wedg 2 7.4.20

  • This is what our demand would be if we were able to get rid of culls as we had planned. The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 447 cows eating 17 kgDM/cow/day = 7599 kgDM/day or 47 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 30 day round = 5.33ha grazed/day
    3. 7599 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1,425kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1754 + 1500 = 2925kgDM/ha
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 5.86Kg DM per cow per day.
  • 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 3 grazing’s.
  • 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.
  • Paddock S-6 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and has had two grazing’s.

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 547 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 30 day round.

Tuesday 31 March 2020

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

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

 

Critical issues for the short term
  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management
  3. Staff wellbeing. Staff have been put on 3 days on 3 days off with 2 staff on and 2 staff off
  4. Extremely high measures of hygiene enforced due to COVID-19

 

Key points:

Growth 45 KgDM
Farm cover 2171
Round length 27 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
Cows averaged 1.63 Kg MS
32.8mm of rain for the week
542 cows in milk

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 31st March 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2171 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

45kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

27 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

6.9 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

13⁰C

SCC

100,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.63 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 5.93

Milk Protein – 4.72

Farm Walks have been temporarily postponed to visitors due to COVID-19

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 542 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on 2nd March. Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 130 cows in the small herd now. After the lastest BCS another 13 cows have now been put on once a day milking
  • Using the information from BCS done on the 2nd March we have put some light condition score early calving cows on once a day. This will allow them to at least maintain weight and keep them in milk until the end of lactation.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods have been taken from these and tested for Johnees. Results came back as negative
  • All in milk cows have been tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our herd test on the 12th March. As a result of this test 7 came back as positive. These will be culled
  • 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 vaccine.
  • 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 30th March, 4.5 average BCS.

BCS1 31.3.20

bcs2 31.3.20

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

Soil temp 31.3.20 

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

soil moisture 31.3.20  

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • No irrigation over the last week. There will be no more irrigation this season.
  • The farm received 32.8mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 Feed wedge 31.3.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2171kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 547 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9846 kgDM/day or 61.5 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 30 day round = 5.33ha grazed/day
    3. 9846 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1,541 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1847 + 1500 = 3347 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 27 days with a target of 30 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 6.9Kg DM per cow per day.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re-grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th of 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 of January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into the available area and has now had 3 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.
  • Paddock S-6 had a post-emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and has had two grazings.

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 547 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 30 day round.

Pasture Monitoring Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover March 31 2020 - No C-Dax or SPACE data available this week

pasture cover graph 31.3.20

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

31.3.20 average cover to date

Tuesday 24 March 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
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

Key points:

Growth 52 KgDM
Farm cover 2283
Round length 27 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
Cows averaged 1.63 Kg MS
13.6mm rain for the week
542 cows in milk

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 24th March 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2283 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

52kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

27 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.9 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14.8⁰C

SCC

107,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.63 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 5.72

Milk Protein - 4.60

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS DUE TO COVID 19

 

 

Herd Management

  • There are 542 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on 2nd March. Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 130 cows in the small herd now.
  • Using the information from BCS done on the 2nd March we have put some light condition score early calving cows on once a day. This will allow them to at least maintain weight and keep them in milk until the end of lactation.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods have been taken from these and tested for Johnees.
  • All in milk cows have been tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our herd test on the 12th March
  • 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 2nd March, 4.4 average BCS.

BCS1 24.3.20BCS2 24.3.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 14.8 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

Soil temp 24.3.20

 

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

soil moisture 24.3.20

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 1 day of irrigation on the north block and no days of irrigation on the south block over the last week.
  • The farm received 13.6mm rain over the last week.

 

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed wedge 24.3.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2283 kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 547 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9846 kgDM/day or 61.5 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 26 day round = 6.17 ha grazed/day
    3. 9846 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,541 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,541 + 1500 = 3041 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 27 days with a target of 30 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 4.9Kg DM per cow per day.
  • No mowing over the last week.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for regrassing. 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 of January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into available area and has now had 3 grazings.
  • Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for regrassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 28th January . Mix was Trojan ,Shogun plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha.
  • Paddock S-6 had a post-emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and has had two grazings.

Feeding Management for the coming month:

  • We currently have 547 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 25 day round.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold/extend the round length.

Pasture Monitoring Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover March 24th 2020 vs SPACE March 25th 2020- No C-Dax data available this week

24.3.20 plate vs space

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

24.3.20 average cover

Tuesday 17 March 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
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 Key points:

Growth 65 KgDM
Farm cover 2323
Round length 26 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
Cows averaged 1.67 Kg MS
0.6mm rain for the week
544 cows in milk
 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 17th March 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2323 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

65 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

26 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.3 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.3⁰C

SCC

93,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.67 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 5.52

Milk Protein - 4.39

 

Farm Walks and all other Farm Visits are temporarily canceled due to Covid-19. Please contact the office on 03-423-0022 if you have any questions. 

Herd Management

  • There are 544 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on 2nd March. Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 130 cows in the small herd now.
  • Using the information from BCS done on the 2nd March we have put some light condition score early calving cows on once a day. This will allow them to at least maintain weight and keep them in milk till the end of lactation.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods have been taken from these and tested for Johnees.
  • All in milk cows have been tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our herd test on the 12th March
  • 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 2nd March, 4.4 average BCS .

BCS1 17.3.20

BCS2 17.3.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 15.9 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 soil temp 17.3.20

 

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

 soil moist 17.3.20

 

  • 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 0.6mm rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 Feed wedge 17.3.20

  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2323 kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 547 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9846 kgDM/day or 61.5 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 26 day round = 6.17 ha grazed/day
    3. 9846 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,541 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,541 + 1500 = 3041 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 26 days with a target of 27 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 4.3Kg DM per cow per day.
  • 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 .
  • 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 3 grazing’s.
  • 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.
  • Paddock S-6 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and has had its first grazing.

Feeding Management for the coming month:

  • We currently have 547 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 25 day round.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold/extend the round length.

Pasture Monitoring Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover March 17th 2020 vs SPACE March 18th 2020- No C-Dax data available this week

17.3.20 pasture cover

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

17.3.20 season to date

Tuesday 10 March 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
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

Growth 65 KgDM
Farm cover 2324
Round length 24 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
Cows averaged 1.66 Kg MS
0.6mm rain for the week
544 cows in milk

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2324 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

65 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

3.0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.3⁰C

SCC

90,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.66 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 5.52

Milk Protein - 4.39

Herd Management

  • There are 544 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on Monday .Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 130 cows in the small herd now.
  • Using the information from BCS done on the 2nd March we have put some light condition score early calving cows on once a day. This will allow them to at least maintain weight and keep them in milk till the end of lactation.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods will be taken from these and tested for Johnees.
  • All in milk cows will be tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our next herd test on the 12th March
  • 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 2nd March, 4.4 average BCS .

BCS1 10.03.20

BCS2 10.03.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 16.3 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 10.03.20

 

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

 soil moisture 10.03.20

 

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 2 days of irrigation on the north block and 3 days of irrigation on the south block over the last week.
  • The farm received 0.6mm rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 Feed wedge1 10.03.20

  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2324 kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 547 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9846 kgDM/day or 61.5 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 9846 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,541 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,541 + 1500 = 3041 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 24 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 3Kg dm per cow per day.
  • 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 .
  • 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 3 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
  • Paddock S-6 will have a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and has had first grazing over the past week.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  • We currently have 547 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 25 day round.
  • We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Pasture Monitoring Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover March 10th 2020 vs SPACE March 6th - No C-Dax data available this week

plate vs space 10.3.20

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

pasture cover season tod ate

Tuesday 3 March 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
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

Key points:

Growth 66 KgDM
Farm cover 2345
Round length 25 days off 153 Ha
Silage fed over last week
Cows averaged 1.7 Kg MS
No rain for the week
547 cows in milk 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2345 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

66 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

2.8 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.7⁰C

SCC

118,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.66 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 5.29

Milk Protein - 4.21

Next Farm Walk –MONDAY 9thMarch 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 547 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on Monday .Another group will be identified and drafted mid April.
  • 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.
  • Using the information from BCS done on the 2nd March we will be putting some light condition score early calving cows on once a day .This will allow them to at least maintain weight and keep them in milk till the end of lactation.
  • 3 cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off .Bloods will be taken from these and tested for Johnees.
  • All in milk cows will be tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our next herd test on the 12th March
  • 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 2nd March, 4.4 average BCS 

 A. Body condition score 1. 3.3.2020

 

 A. Body condition score 2. 3.2.2020

 

 

 

Growing Conditions

The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 16.7 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks  

A. Soil temp history 1. 3.3.2020

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

Soil temp history 2. 3.3.2020

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

 

 

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

1. Feed wedge report A. 3.3.2020

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2320 kgDM/ha .
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:548 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9864 kgDM/day or 61 kgDM/Ha/day)
  • We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
  • 9864kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,541 kgDM
  • Pre-graze cover = 1,541 + 1500 = 3041 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 25 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at a average of 2.8Kg Dm per cow per day.
  • N-Protect was applied to 36.1 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 .
  • 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
  • Paddock S-6 will have a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and will have its first grazing over the next week.

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 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 March 3rd 2020 vs SPACE March 1st 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

 3.3.20

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

3.3.20 pasture cover

Tuesday 25 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
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 Key points:

Growth 74 KgDM
Farm cover 2433
Round length 24 days off 153 Ha
Silage fed over last week
Ai finished 31st December
71% - 6 week in calf rate
16% empty rate in cows in milk
8% empty in R2 Heifers
Cows averaged 1.66 Kg MS
8.6 Mils of rain for the week
548 cows in milk

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 25th February 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2433 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

74 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 153ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

17.4⁰C

SCC

118,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.66 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 5.29

Milk Protein - 4.21

 

Next Farm Walk –4th March 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. Next BCS will be done Wednesday 26th January, below are the graphs.

BCS1 25.2.2020BCS2 25.2.2020

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 days.

 

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 17.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 soil temp 25.2.2020

 

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

 soil moisture 25.2.2020

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • 4 days of irrigation on the north block and 2 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 8.6 mils of rain over the last week.

 

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 Feed wedge 25.2.2020

   

  • 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 24 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 4Kg Dm per cow per day.
  • N-Protect was applied to 29.3 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  • 6 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
  • Paddock S-6 will have a post-emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February

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.

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 25th 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

 25.2.20

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

25.2.20 pasture cover

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.

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 18th - No C-Dax data available this week

 18.2.20 plate meter

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

18.2.20 season to date

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.

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 11th 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

11.2.20 plate meter

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

11.2.20 season to date

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

4.2.2020

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