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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 8 October 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

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

 

Key points:

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

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 8th October 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2286 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

69 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

23 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

555

Ave Soil Temp (week)

9.1⁰C

SCC

100

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.3 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 4.96

Milk Protein -4.06

 

Next Farm Walk – 16th October Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

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

Calving 8 Oct 2019

BCS 8 Oct 2019

Mating Preparedness

  1. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating.
  2. This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  3. Heat patches and tail paint was applied to the yearling heifers yesterday and mating of them started today, 5 were put up today.
  4. Milkers were Metrichecked Monday 22nd August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again on Tuesday the 17th September and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis
  5. bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  6. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 116 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1and 108 during week 2 and 142 during week 3 of pre-mating heats.

Growing conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 8 Oct 2019

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

SMoist 8 Oct 2019

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

Pasture and feed management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedges

FeedWedges 8 Oct 2019FeedWedge2 8 Oct 2019

 

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

Spring Cover Track 8 Oct 2019

 

 

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

 

 Spring Rotation Planner 8 Oct 2019

 

Feeding management for the coming month

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

Tuesday 1 Oct 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

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

 

Key points:

  • Growth 59 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2374
  • Round length 25 days
  • Cows averaged 2.26 Kg MS
  • 9 mm of rain for the week
  • All Cows have now calved
  • 555 cows in milk
  • 225 heifer replacements

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 1st October 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2374 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

59 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

555

Ave Soil Temp (week)

9.7⁰C

SCC

100

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.26 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 4.98

Milk Protein -4.01

 

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

 

Herd Management

  1. There are 555 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform. Calving has now finished
  2. The herd was split on Monday 29th August. The small herd has 186 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows
  3. 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage
  4. 60 heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk and are now on adlib meal and grass.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th September, 4.6 average BCS below are the graphs.

Calving 1 Oct 2019

BCS 1 Oct 2019

Mating preparedness

  1. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  2. This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing Ai to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  3. 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
  4. bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  5. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 116 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1and 108 during week 2 of pre-mating heats.

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 9.7 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 1 Oct 2019

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

SMoist 1 Oct 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 9 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 1 Oct 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2374kgDM/ha.
  2. First round finished on Saturday the 21st September
  3. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 555 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,100 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 11,100 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,734 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,734 + 1550 = 3284 kgDM/ha.
  4. AMMO 31 has been applied to 45.6 Ha at a rate 70 Kg/Ha.
  5. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 2 months. The farm finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha the target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha Actual cover end of July was 2812 kgDM/ha. We averaged 15.2KgDM/Ha a day through June and July.

Farm Cover Track 1 Oct 2019

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

Spring Rotation Planner 1 Oct 2019

Pre Post APC 1 Oct 2019

Feeding Management for the coming month

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

Tuesday 24 September 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

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

 

Key points:

  • Growth 50 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2457
  • Round length 39 days
  • Cows averaged 2.1 Kg MS
  • No rain for the week
  • 551 cows in milk
  • 225 heifer replacements

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 24th September 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2457 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

50 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

39 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

3.9 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

551

Ave Soil Temp (week)

9.2⁰C

SCC

95

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.1 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.77

Milk Fat – 4.99

Milk Protein -3.83

 

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

 

Herd Management

  1. There are 551 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage
  3. freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  4. We are now back down to one springer mob
  5. Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  6. All non calved cows are on East Block
  7. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  8. BCS of cows in milk was done on Wednesday 28th August, 4.7 average BCS below are the graphs.

Calving 24 Sept 2019

 

BCS 24 Sept 2019

Mating Preparedness

  1. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  2. This year WE WILL be running bulls with our yearling heifers. We will be doing AI to visual heats for six days then on day 6 all heifers that haven’t been mated will be given a PG shot and we will continue to mate on visual heats for the following 5 days. After this all heifers will be running with bulls.
  3. 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
  4. bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  5. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 19th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday12th September). 116 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats.

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 9.2 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 24 Sept 2019

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

SMoist 24 Sept 2019

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 24 Sept 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2457kgDM/ha.
  2. First round finished on Saturday the 21st September
  3. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 550 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,000 kgDM/day or 68 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 11,000 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,718 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,718 + 1550 = 3268 kgDM/ha.
  4. AMMO 31 has been applied to 21.8 Ha at a rate 70 Kg/Ha.
  5. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 2 months. The farm finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha the target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha Actual cover end of July was 2812 kgDM/ha. We averaged 15.2KgDM/Ha a day through June and July.

Spring Cover Tracker 24 Sept 2019

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

Spring Rotation Planner 24 Sept 2019

Pre Post Grazing APC 24 Sept 2019

Feeding management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 551 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fed on grass and if required silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 25 day round.
  3. Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  4. We will monitor round length over the next week supplement will be used if required to hold round length.

Tuesday 17 September 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
  2. Cow health and pasture management through calving
  3. Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
  4. All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
  5. Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

 

Key points:

  • Growth 47 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2442
  • Round length 50 days
  • Cows averaged 2.16 Kg MS
  • 14 mm of rain for the week
  • 546 cows in milk
  • 225 heifer replacements

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 17th September 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2442 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

47 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

44 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

3.6 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

546

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8 .3⁰C

SCC

137

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.16 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 4.99

Milk Protein -3.98

 

Next Farm Walk – 24th September Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

 

Herd Management

  1. There are 546 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage
  3. freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  4. We are now back down to one springer mob.
  5. Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  6. All non calved cows are on East Block
  7. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing.
  8. Milkers were Metrichecked Thursday 22nd August, 16 were treated (3.2%) for metritis. Milkers were rechecked again this morning and 18 were treated (3.4%) for metritis.
  9. Cows were tail painted last Thursday so as pre mating heats can be observed and recorded weekly.
  10. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating.
  11. BCS of cows in milk was done on Wednesday 28th  August, 4.7 average BCS below are the graphs.

Calving 17 Sept 2019

BCS 17 Sept 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.3 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 17 Sept 2019

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

SMoist 17 Sept 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 14 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 17 Sept 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2442kgDM/ha. Our target is 2400.
  2. We will be starting our second grazing round this Thursday 5 days earlier than scheduled. We will need to continue to feed silage into the second round until growth matches demand.
  3. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 550 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,000 kgDM/day or 68 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 11,000 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,718 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,718 + 1550 = 3268 kgDM/ha.
  4. AMMO 31 has been applied to 23.8 Ha at a rate 70 Kg/Ha.
  5. Some paddocks are soft underfoot, particularly in the south block. Despite softer ground conditions cows are achieving good residuals
  6. Cows have had to work a bit harder this week to achieve good residuals. Paddocks grazed this week are showing some yellowing in the base which will have an effect on regrowth.
  7. Cows have done minimal damage so far with the use of back fencing. Cows have spent one night on the yard to try to minimise damaging pastures.
  8. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 2 months. The farm finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha the target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha Actual cover end of July was 2812 kgDM/ha. We averaged 15.2KgDM/Ha a day through June and July.

Farm Cover Track 17 Sept 2019

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

Spring Rotation Planner 17 Sept 2019

Pre Post Grazing APC 17 Sept 2019

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 546 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 25 day round.

Tuesday 10 September 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
  2. Cow health and pasture management through calving
  3. Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
  4. All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
  5. Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

 

Key points:

  • Growth 31 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2384
  • Round length 44 days
  • Cows averaged 2.17 Kg MS
  • 13.2 mm of rain for the week
  • 534 cows in milk
  • 225 heifer replacements

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 10th September 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2384 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

31 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

44 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

2.6 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

534

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8 ⁰C

SCC

137

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.17 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 4.99

Milk Protein -3.98

 

Next Farm Walk – 17th September Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

 

 

 

Herd Management

  1. There are 534 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. 225 replacement heifers tagged. All replacement heifers have had a DNA sample taken and these have been sent in for confirmation of correct parentage
  3. freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  4. We are now back down to one springer mob
  5. Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  6. All non-calved cows are on East Block
  7. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  8. Milkers were Metrichecked Thursday 22nd August, 16 were treated (3.4%) for metritis
  9. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine and iodine injection in preparedness for mating
  10. BCS of cows in milk was done on Wednesday 28th  4.7 average BCS below are the graphs.

Calving 10 Sept 2019

BCS 28 Aug 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 10 Sept 2019

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

SMoist 10 Sept 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 13.2 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feedwedge 10 Sept 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2384kgDM/ha. Our target is 2400. Pasture quality is still reasonably good considering we now have 3 paddocks with very high cover on. Despite still having some very high covers we have started feeding the milkers around 2.6Kg of silage a day.
  2. Some paddocks are soft underfoot, particularly in the south block. Despite softer ground conditions cows are achieving good residuals.
  3. Cows have had to work a bit harder this week to achieve good residuals. Paddocks grazed this week are showing some yellowing in the base which will have an effect on regrowth.
  4. Cows have done minimal damage so far with the use of back fencing. Cows have spent one night on the yard to try to minimise damaging pastures.
  5. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 2 months. The farm finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha the target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha Actual cover end of July was 2812 kgDM/ha. We averaged 15.2KgDM/Ha a day through June and July.

Spring Cover Track 10 Sept 2019

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

Spring Rotation Planner 10 Sept 2019

Pre Post APC 10 Sept 2019

Feeding management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 534 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we don’t finish our first round too early.

Tuesday 3 September 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
  2. Cow health and pasture management through calving
  3. Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
  4. All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
  5. Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

 

Key points:

  • Growth 26 kgDM
  • Farm cover 2522
  • Round length 39 days
  • Cows averaged 2.15 kg MS
  • 1.2 mm of rain for the week
  • 513 cows calved
  • 225 heifer replacements

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 3rd September 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2522 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

26 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

39 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

2.1 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

513

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.1 ⁰C

SCC

166

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.15 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.83

Milk Fat – 4.95

Milk Protein -4.10

 

Next Farm Walk – 10th September Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

 

Herd Management

  1. There are 513 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. 26 replacement heifers were disbudded yesterday and were put outside today, 225 have now been disbudded and put outside. 225 replacement heifers tagged to date.
  3. Freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  4. We are now back down to one springer mob
  5. Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  6. All non calved cows are on East Block.
  7. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing.
  8. Milkers were Metrichecked Thursday 22nd August, 16 were treated (3.4%) for metritis.
  9. BCS of cows in milk was done on Wednesday 28th, 4.7 average BCS shown below in the graphs.

Calving and BCS 3 Sept 2019

BCS 3 Sept 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.1 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 3 Sept 2019

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

SMoist 3 Sept 2019

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 3 Sept 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2522 kgDM/ha. Our cover is higher than our target of 2400 .Pasture quality is still reasonably good considering we now have 8 paddocks with very high cover on. Despite still having some very high covers we have started feeding the milkers around 2kg of silage a day. Over the last week we have used 4.2 Ha per day and if we were to continue at this rate we will be finished our first round in 14 days which is about a week too early. By feeding a smaller quantity of silage now will hopefully mean we won’t need to be feeding at a higher level in 2 weeks. We will continue to regularly monitor round length and cow intake over the next week and react accordingly.
  2. Some paddocks are soft underfoot, particularly in the south block. Despite softer ground conditions cows are achieving good residuals.
  3. Cows have had to work a bit harder this week to achieve good residuals. Paddocks grazed this week are showing some yellowing in the base which will have an effect on regrowth.
  4. Cows have done minimal damage so far with the use of back fencing. Cows have spent one night on the yard to try to minimise damaging pastures.
  5. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 2 months. The farm finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha the target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha. Actual cover end of July was 2812 kgDM/ha. We averaged 15.2KgDM/Ha a day through June and July.

Pre Post Graze and APC 3 Sept 2019

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

Spring Rotation 3 Sept 2019

 

APC 3 Sept 2019

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 513 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we don’t finish our first round too early.

Tuesday 27 August 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
  2. Cow health and pasture management through calving
  3. Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
  4. All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
  5. Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

 

Key points:

  • Growth 22 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2608
  • No silage fed
  • Round length 42 days
  • Cows averaged 2.13 Kg MS
  • 2.8 mm of rain for the week
  • Extremely wet ground conditions
  • 483 cows calved
  • 225 heifer replacements

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 27th August 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2608 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

22 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

42 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

483

Ave Soil Temp (week)

7.4 ⁰C

SCC

165

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.13 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.83

Milk Fat – 5.08

Milk Protein -4.20

 

Next Farm Walk – 3rd September Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 483 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. 40 replacement heifers were disbudded yesterday and were put outside today ,200 have now been disbudded and put outside. 225 replacement heifers tagged to date.
  3. Freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  4. We are now running 2 springer mobs cows left to calve to AI (9 cows) and cows mated to short gestation
  5. Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  6. All non-calved cows are on East Block
  7. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  8. Milkers were Metrichecked Thursday 22nd August, 16 were treated (3.4%) for metritis
  9. 101 heifers and all the cows have been BCS on returning from grazing. Cows in milk will be BCS tomorrow night and then monthly.

Calving 27 August 2019

BCS 30 July 2019

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 7.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 27 Aug 2019

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

SMoist 27 Aug 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 2.8 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 27 August 2019

 

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2608 kgDM/ha .Our cover is higher than our target of 2400 .Pasture quality is still reasonably good considering we now have 6 paddocks with very high cover on .We will continue to graze these paddocks without the use of supplement even though we may end up using more area than our spring rotation allows .When we get down to more reasonable pre graze covers we will add supplements if required to make sure we don’t end up finishing our first round to early
  2. Ground conditions are currently very wet, and this is making it challenging to utilise grass well and achieve good residuals. Cows have done minimal damage so far with the use of back fencing. The cows have spent one night on the yard to try to minimise damaging pastures.
  3. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha Actual cover end of July was 2812 kgDM/ha. We averaged 15.2kgDM/Ha a day through June and July.

Spring Cover Track August 2019

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

Spring Rotation Planner 27 Aug 2019

Pre Post Grazing APC Aug 2019

 

Feeding management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 483 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass.

Tuesday 20 August 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
  2. Cow health and pasture management through calving
  3. Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
  4. All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
  5. Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

 

Key points:

  • Growth 29 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2787
  • Extremely wet ground conditions
  • 437 cows calved
  • 216 heifer replacements

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 20th August 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2787 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

29 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

73 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

257

Ave Soil Temp (week)

6.5 ⁰C

SCC

183

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 5.25

Milk Protein -4.21

 

Next Farm Walk – 27th August Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

 

 

Herd Management

  1. There are 437 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. 40 replacement heifers were dis budded yesterday and were put out side today ,160 have now been dis budded and put out side
  3. freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  4. We are now running 2 springer mobs cows left to calve to Ai ( 36 cows )and cows mated to short gestation
  5. Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  6. All non calved cows are on East Block
  7. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  8. 101 heifers and all the cows have been BCS on returning from grazing.

Calving 20 Aug 2019

BCS 20 Aug 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 6.5 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 20 Aug 2019

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

SMoist 20 Aug 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 13.6 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 20 Aug 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2787 kgDM/ha. Our cover is higher than our target of 2450. Most of the surplus is further down the graph which should help us achieve our targeted days for our first round possibly without the use of any supplement.
  2. Ground conditions are currently very wet, and this is making it challenging to utilise grass well and achieve good residuals. Cows have done minimal damage so far with the use of back fencing. Cows have spent one night on the yard to try to minimise damaging pastures.
  3. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha Actual cover end of July was 2812 kgDM/ha. We averaged 15.2KgDM/Ha a day through June and July.

Cover Tracker 20 Aug 2019

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

Spring Rotation Planner 20 Aug 2019

Pre Post Grazing APC 20 Aug 2019

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 437 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass.

Tuesday 13 August 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
  2. Cow health and pasture management through calving
  3. Maintain a high quality of hygiene in calf sheds
  4. All newborn calves receive excellent care with regards to colostrum management, feeding, housing and health care
  5. Springer/colostrum cow health through calving

 

Key points:

  • Growth 16 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2771
  • Extremely wet ground conditions
  • 357 cows calved
  • 196 heifer replacements

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 13th August 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2771 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

16 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

76(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

257

Ave Soil Temp (week)

6.2 ⁰C

SCC

188

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.93 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.83

Milk Fat – 5.20

Milk Protein -4.29

 

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 357 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. 40 replacement heifers were dis budded yesterday and were put out side today ,120 have now been dis budded and put out side
  3. freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds.
  4. Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  5. All non calved cows are on East Block.
  6. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing.
  7. 101 heifers and all the cows have been BCS on returning from grazing.

Calving 13 Aug 2019

BCS 13 Aug 2019

 

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 6.2 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 13 Aug 2019

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

SMoist 13 Aug 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 19 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 13 Aug 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2771 kgDM/ha. Our cover is slightly higher than our target of 2550. Most of the surplus is further down the graph which should help us achieve our targeted days for our first round.
  2. Ground conditions are currently very wet, and this is making it challenging to utilise grass well and achieve good residuals. Cows have done minimal damage so far with the use of back fencing. Cows have spent one night on the yard to try to minimise damaging pastures.
  3. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha. The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha Actual cover end of July was 2812 kgDM/ha. We averaged 15.2KgDM/Ha a day through June and July.

Cover Tracker 13 Aug 2019

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

Spring Rotation Planner 13 Aug 2019

Pre Post Grazing APC 13 Aug 2019

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 357 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass.

Tuesday 6 August 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 160kgN/ha, 300kgDM/cow imported supplement, plus winter most cows off farm. FWE of less than $4.00kgMS million and target production of 500kgMS/cow (>100% liveweight in milk production), 1700kgMS/ha.

 

Critical issues for the short term:

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

 

Key points:

  • Growth past 2 weeks 20 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2812
  • 235 cows calved
  • 151 heifer replacements

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 6th August 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2812 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

20 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

123(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

235

Ave Soil Temp (week)

6.5 ⁰C

SCC

133

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.65 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.79

Milk Fat – 5.52

Milk Protein -4.35

Herd Management

  1. There are 235 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. 80 replacement heifers were dis budded yesterday
  3. freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  4. Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  5. All non calved cows are on East Block and Jackies Block
  6. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  7. There has been 7 cows treated for milk fever
  8. 101 heifers and and all the cows have been BCS on returning from grazing.

Calving and BCS 6 Aug 2019

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 6.5 °C.

STemp 6 August 2019

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

SMoist 6 August 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 35 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 6 August 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2812 kgDM/ha
  2. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

Farm cover tracker 6 Aug 2019

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

Spring Rotation Planner 6 Aug 2019

 

Feeding Management for the coming month

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

Tuesday 16 July 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Monitor cows on wintering for health issues.
  2. Monitor winter growth rates and APC target at the end of July.
  3. Preparedness for calving (resources, staff and routines)

 

Key points:

  • Growth past 48 Days 13 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2554
  • 30 calved to date

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 16th July 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2554 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

13 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

0 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

30

Ave Soil Temp (week)

6.7 ⁰C

SCC

0

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

0 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0

Milk Fat – 0

Milk Protein – 0

 

Next Farm Walk – 30th July 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 30 calved heifers on the milking platform.
  2. 101 first calving heifers were brought back from the wintering block on the 8th July. They are grazing on the East block. They received a Selenium and B12 shot on the 8th July. These were BCS when they came home.
  3. 36 early calving cows were brought back on the 12th July they received a Selenium and B12 shot on the 16th July. These were BCS when they came home.
  4. The cows are at winter grazing in 4 mobs.
    1. 103 light early calving cows offered 16kgDM made up of 3kgDM silage and 13kgDM rape and oats
    2. 112 light later calving cows offered 16kgDM made up of 3kgDM silage and 13kgDM rape and oats
    3. 83 mid-range cows (average 4.5 BCS at the end of May) offered 14kgDM – 4.5kgDM silage and 9.5kgDM grass
    4. 145 Fats and October calvers offered 10kgDM (will follow the light calving herd).

BCS 9 and 12 July 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 6.7 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 16 July 2019

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

SMoist 16 July 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 5.4 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and feed management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 16 July 2019

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 2554 kgDM/ha.
  2. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

APC 16 July 2019

Feeding management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 30 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass.

 

Tuesday 28 May 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 30 days
  • Cows averaged 1.08 Kg MS
  • Growth past week 25 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2048
  • All cows on once a day milking
  • Average BCS 4.7
  • No rain for the week
  • Most culls have gone

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 28th May 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2048 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

25 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

421

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.4 ⁰C

SCC

262,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.08 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.83

Milk Fat – 6.23%

Milk Protein – 5.17%

Next Farm Walk – 2nd July 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 421 cows on the milking platform. 392 cows in milk and 21 lame cows that have been dried off and 8 culls.
  2. All cows are now on once a day milking.
  3. Most culls have now left the farm. There are 8 culls left to go.
  4. No new mastitis cows this week.
  5. All cows will be dried off this Thursday. This year we will be using blanket dry cow because of the staf we had in our herd this year. 134 cows that have exceeded the SCC threshold this season will get long acting dry cow and the remaining cows that haven’t exceeded the SCC threshold this season will get short acting dry cow. All cows will also receive teat seal.
  6. Cows will get their Lepto booster and B-12 plus selenium tomorrow prior to going off farm to winter grazing.
  7. Cows will be going to their winter grazing this Thursday the 30th. MA Cows will be wintered in 3 mobs this winter.
    1. 228 light early calving cows will be offered 16 Kg made up of 3kg silage and 13Kg Rape and grass
    2. 81 mid-range cows (@4.5 BCS) will be offered 14 KgDM – 4.5 Kg silage and 9.5 Kg Grass
    3. 161 Fats will be offered 10 KgDM.
  8. R2 heifers were teat sealed on the 19th April. They have now been moved to their winter grazing. They were weighed drenched and received a B-12 plus selenium
  9. R2 heifers are being offered 12 KgDM - 2 Kg silage and 10 Kg grass
  10. R1 calves were weighed drenched and received a B-12 plus selenium and also given their lepto booster
  11. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 27thMay. Average BCS was 4.7.

Calving 28 May 2019

BCS 27 May 2019

BCS 3 May 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 28 May 2019

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

SMoist 28 May 2019

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 28 May 2019

 

  1. Average Pasture Cover is 1941 kgDM/ha. We have one more paddock at the top of the Wedge paddock N-3 to graze over the next 2 days. This will put us around 1915 KgDM /ha at dry off on the 30th May.
  2. Cows will be fully fed on grass till the end of this lactation.
  3. Round length last week was 30 days
  4. No silage has been fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 166 kg. We have now finished our nitrogen applications for this season.
  7. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

Cover Track 28 May 2019

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 421 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass.

Tuesday 21 May 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 24 days
  • Cows averaged 1.2 kg MS
  • Growth past week 25 kgDM
  • Farm cover 2048
  • All cows on once a day milking
  • 4.4mm of rain for the week
  • Most culls have gone

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 21st May 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2048 kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

25 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

421

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.4 ⁰C

SCC

198,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.2 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat – 6.19%

Milk Protein – 5.03%

Herd Management

  1. There are 421 cows on the milking platform. 406 cows in milk and 15 lame cows that have been dried off.
  2. All cows are now on once a day milking.
  3. Most culls have now left the farm. There are 8 culls left to go.
  4. No new mastitis cows this week.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 3rdMay. Average BCS was 4.6.

Calving 21 May 2019

BCS 3 May 2019

BCS 25 Mar 2019

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 21 May 2019

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

SMoist 21 May 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 4.4 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed Wedge 21 May 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 421 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 7578 kgDM/day or 49 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 7578 kgDM/day / 6.66 ha/day = 1137 KgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1137 + 1500 = 2637 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2048 kgDM/ha.
  3. Cows will be fully fed on grass possibly till the end of this lactation. By using our surplus cover and with growth around 20-25 Kg Dm per day we should be able to achieve this. We can add silage back in if we don’t achieve required growth rates. Below is a predicted feed wedge with the above scenario:

Predicted Feed Wedge 21 May 2019

  1. Round length last week was 24 days
  2. No silage has been fed over the last week
  3. Cows achieved good residuals
  4. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 166 kg. We have now finished our nitrogen applications for this season.
  5. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

Autumn Spring Tracker 21 May 2019

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 421 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass with silage being added as required to allow us to achieve our target of 1900 at dry off
  3. We will monitor residuals and cover over the next week and react accordingly.

 

Tuesday 14 May 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 Critical issues for the short term

  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • 4.1 tonne DM silage fed
  • Round length 33 days
  • Cows averaged 1.32 Kg MS
  • Growth past week 33 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2237
  • 206 low BCS cows on once a day milking
  • 5.4mils of rain for the week
  • Most culls have gone

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 14thMay 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2237 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

33 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

33 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

1.2 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

437

Ave Soil Temp (week)

11.9 ⁰C

SCC

180,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.32 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.82

Milk Fat – 5.91%

Milk Protein – 4.86%

Next Farm Walk – 21stMay 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 437 cows on the milking platform. 425 cows in milk and 11 lame cows that have been dried off.
  2. 206 Light body condition score cows are on once a day milking.
  3. The farm has been running 3 herds main herd of 215 cows (on twice a day milking) once a day herd 206 cows and small once a day herd made up of 4 lame cows.
  4. Most culls have now left the farm. There are approximately 10 culls left to go.
  5. We have adapted Max T on farm (fixed time cup removal). This was implemented at the end of January. We are saving approximately 25 minutes per day in milking time (15 minutes at morning milking and 10 minutes at afternoon milking). There doesn’t appear to be any negative effects from doing this although we have had a slight increase in mastitis cases.
  6. One new mastitis cow this week.
  7. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 3rdMay. Average BCS was 4.6.

 Calving 14 May 2019

BCS 3 May 2019

BCS 26 Mar 2019

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 11 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 14 May 2019

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

SMoist 14 May 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 5.4 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 14 May 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 437 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 7866 kgDM/day or 49 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 7866 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1484 KgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1484 + 1500 = 2984 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2237 kgDM/ha.
  3. Cows will be fully fed on grass possibly till the end of this lactation. By using our surplus cover which equates to about 5.9Kg per cow per day for the next 16 days and if we achieve growth of 25 to 30 Kg Dm per day we should be able to achieve this. We can add silage back in if we don’t achieve required growth rates. Below is a predicted feed wedge with the above scenario:

Predicted FeedWedge 14 May 2019

  1. Round length last week was 33 days with a target of minimum 30 day round. Demand line is set for 30 day round off 160 Ha
  2. 4.1 Tonne silage fed for 2 days over the last week averaging around 4.86Kg Dm /cow a day
  3. Cows achieved good residuals
  4. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 166 kg. We have now finished our nitrogen applications for this season.
  5. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

Autumn Spring Cover Track 14 May 2019

 

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 437 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass with silage being added as required to allow us to achieve our target of 1900 at dry off
  3. We will feed silage for another 2 days
  4. We are aiming to be on a minimum 30 day round.
  5. We will monitor round length over the next week and react accordingly.

Tuesday 7 May 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • 14.7 tonne DM silage fed
  • Round length 31 days
  • Cows averaged 1.42 Kg MS
  • Growth past week 31 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2331
  • 134 low BCS cows on once a day milking
  • No rain for the week
  • Most culls have gone

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 7thMay 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2331 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

31 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

31 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.86 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

437

Ave Soil Temp (week)

11⁰C

SCC

173,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.42 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.82

Milk Fat – 5.91%

Milk Protein – 4.86%

 

Next Farm Walk – 14 May 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 437 cows on the milking platform. 431 cows in milk and 6 lame cows that have been dried off.
  2. 134 light body condition score cows are on once a day milking.
  3. The farm has been running 3 herds main herd of 274 cows (on twice a day milking) once a day herd 134 cows and small once a day herd made up of 6 staph cows and approximately 15 lame cows.
  4. Most culls have now left the farm. There are approximately 10 culls left to go.
  5. We have adapted Max T on farm (fixed time cup removal). This was implemented at the end of January. We are saving approximately 25 minutes per day in milking time (15 minutes at morning milking and 10 minutes at afternoon milking). There doesn’t appear to be any negative effects from doing this although we have had a slight increase in mastitis cases.
  6. No new mastitis cows this week.
  7. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 3rdMay. Average BCS was 4.6.

Calving 7 May 2019

BCS 3 May 2019

BCS 26 Mar 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 11 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 7 May 2019

 

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

SMoist 7 May 2019

 

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 7 May 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 437 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 7866 kgDM/day or 49 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 7866 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1484 KgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1484 + 1500 = 2984 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2331 kgDM/ha.
  3. We will only feed silage for another 2 days (this will finish off a line of tube wrapped balage), after that we will fully feed cows on grass possibly till the end of this lactation. By using our surplus cover which equates to about 7Kg per cow per day for the next 23 days and if we achieve growth of 25 to 30 Kg Dm per day we should be able to achieve this. We can add silage back in if we don’t achieve required growth rates. Below is a predicted feed wedge with the above scenario:

FeedWedge Predicted 7 May 2019

  1. Round length last week was 31 days with a target of minimum 30 day round. Demand line is set for 30 day round off 160 Ha
  2. 14.7 Tonne silage fed over the last week averaging around 4.86Kg Dm /cow a day
  3. Cows achieved good residuals
  4. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 166 kg. We have now finished our nitrogen applications for this season.
  5. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

Spring cover track 7 May 2019

 

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 437 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass with silage being added as required to allow us to achieve our target of 1900 at dry off
  3. We will feed silage for another 2 days
  4. We are aiming to be on a minimum 30 day round.
  5. We will monitor round length over the next week and react accordingly.

Tuesday 30 April 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • 14.7 tonne DM silage fed
  • Round length 33 days
  • Cows averaged 1.43 Kg MS
  • Growth past week 40 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2404
  • 119 low BCS cows on once a day milking
  • 23 mm of rain for the week
  • Most culls have gone

 Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 30thApril 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2404 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

40 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

33 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.82 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

437

Ave Soil Temp (week)

12.5⁰C

SCC

164,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.43 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat – 5.94%

Milk Protein – 4.79%

 

Next Farm Walk – 7th May 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 437 cows on the milking platform. 435 cows in milk and 2 lame cows that have been dried off.
  2. 119 Light body condition score cows are on once a day milking.
  3. The farm has been running 3 herds main herd of 278 cows (on twice a day milking) once a day herd 119 cows and small once a day herd made up of 8 staph cows and approximately 30 lame cows.
  4. Most culls have now left the farm. There are approximately 10 culls left to go.
  5. We have adapted Max T on farm (fixed time cup removal). This was implemented at the end of January. We are saving approximately 25 minutes per day in milking time (15 minutes at morning milking and 10 minutes at afternoon milking). There doesn’t appear to be any negative effects from doing this although we have had a slight increase in mastitis cases.
  6. No new mastitis cows this week.
  7. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25thMarch. Average BCS was 4.4

Calving 30 April 2019

BCS 26 Mar 2019

BCS 20 Feb 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 12.5 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 30 April 2019

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

SMoist 30 April 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. The farm received 23 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 30 April 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 437 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 7866 kgDM/day or 49 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 7866 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1484 KgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1484 + 1500 = 2984 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2404 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 33 days with a target of minimum 30 day round. Demand line is set for 30 day round off 160 Ha
  4. 14.7 Tonne silage fed over the last week averaging around 4.82Kg Dm /cow a day
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 166 kg. We have now finished our nitrogen applications for this season.
  7. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day

Spring cover track 30 April 2019

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 437 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass with silage being added as required to hold and extend round length.
  3. We will continue to feed silage even though we have a surplus while ground conditions are still good and we can get good utilisation. If ground conditions become wet we can stop feeding silage and use the surplus grass.
  4. We are aiming to be on a minimum 30 day round.
  5. We will monitor round length over the next week and react accordingly.

Tuesday 16 April 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • 15.6 tonne DM silage fed
  • Round length 34 days
  • Cows averaged 1.56 Kg MS
  • Growth past week 47 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2416
  • 112 low BCS cows on once a day milking
  • 5 mm of rain for the week
  • No irrigation over the last week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 16thApril 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2416 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

47 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

34 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.57 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

475

Ave Soil Temp (week)

12.4⁰C

SCC

151,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.56 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.79

Milk Fat – 5.94%

Milk Protein – 4.70%

 

Next Farm Walk – 23rdApril 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 476 in milk cows and heifers on the milking platform. 475 cows in milk and 1 lame cow that has been dried off.
  2. 112 Light body condition score cows are on once a day milking.
  3. The farm has been running 3 herds main herd of 336 cows (on twice a day milking) once a day herd 112 cows and small once a day herd made up of 8 staph cows and approximately 24 lame cows.
  4. 52 culls have left the farm over the last week. The remaining culls will hopefully go over the next week.
  5. We have adapted Max T on farm (fixed time cup removal). This was implemented at the end of January. We are saving approximately 25 minutes per day in milking time (15 minutes at morning milking and 10 minutes at afternoon milking). There doesn’t appear to be any negative effects from doing this although we have had a slight increase in mastitis cases.
  6. No new mastitis cows this week.
  7. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25thMarch. Average BCS was 4.4.

Calving 16 April 2019

 

BCS 26 Mar 2019

BCS 20 Feb 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 12.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 16 April 2019

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

SMoist 16 April 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. No irrigation over the last week
  3. The farm received 5 mils of rain over the last week.
  4. There will be no more irrigation this season.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 16 April 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 475 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 8550 kgDM/day or 53 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 8550 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1604 KgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1604 + 1500 = 3104 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2416 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 34 days with a target of minimum 30 day round. Demand line is set for 30 day round off 160 Ha
  4. 15.6 Tonne silage fed over the last week averaging around 4.57Kg Dm /cow a day
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 166 kg. We have now finished our nitrogen applications for this season.
  7. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

Cover Tracker 16 April 2019

 

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 476 cows and heifers calved and grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass with silage being added as required to hold and extend round length.
  3. We will continue to feed silage even though we have a surplus while ground conditions are still good, and we can get good utilisation. If ground conditions become wet, we can stop feeding silage and use the surplus grass.
  4. We be aiming to be on a minimum 30 day round.
  5. We will monitor round length over the next week and react accordingly.

Tuesday 9 April 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes
  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:

  • 16.1 tonne DM silage fed
  • Round length 36 days
  • Cows averaged 1.5 Kg MS
  • Growth past week 50 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2434
  • 112 low BCS cows on once a day milking
  • 30.6 mm of rain for the week
  • No irrigation over the last week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 9thApril 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2434 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

50 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

36 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.36 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

528

Ave Soil Temp (week)

12.7⁰C

SCC

161,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.5 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.78

Milk Fat – 5.93%

Milk Protein – 4.65%

 

Next Farm Walk – 16th April 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 528 in milk cows and heifers on the milking platform. 526 cows in milk and 2 lames that have been dried off.
  2. 112 Light body condition score cows are on once a day milking.
  3. The farm has been running 3 herds main herd of 390 cows (on twice a day milking) once a day herd 112 cows and small once a day herd made up of 8 staph cows and approximately 24 lame cows.
  4. Most of our culls will leave the farm next week.
  5. We have adapted Max T on farm (fixed time cup removal). This was implemented at the end of January. We are saving approximately 25 minutes per day in milking time (15 minutes at morning milking and 10 minutes at afternoon milking). There doesn’t appear to be any negative effects from doing this although we have had a slight increase in mastitis cases.
  6. One new mastitis cow this week.
  7. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25thMarch. Average BCS was 4.4.

 Calving 9 Apr 2019

BCS 26 Mar 2019

BCS 20 Feb 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 12.7 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 9 Apr 2019

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

SMoist 9 Apr 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. No irrigation over the last week
  3. The farm received 30.6 mm rain over the last week.
  4. There will be no more irrigation this season.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 9 Apri 2019

 

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 526 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9468 kgDM/day or 59 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 9468 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1776gDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1776 + 1500 = 3276 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2373 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 36 days with a target of minimum 30 day round. Demand line is set for 30 day round off 160 Ha
  4. 16.1 Tonne  silage fed over the last week averaging around 4.36Kg Dm /cow a day
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 166 kg. We have now finished our nitrogen applications for this season.
  7. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

Cover Tracker 9 Apr 2019

 

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 528 cows and heifers calved and grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass with silage being added as required to hold and extend round length.
  3. We be aiming to be on a minimum 30 day round.
  4. We will monitor round length over the next week and react accordingly.

Tuesday 2 April 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes
  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:

  • 14.8 tonne DM silage fed
  • Round length 31 days
  • Cows averaged 1.6 Kg MS
  • Growth past week 68 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2449
  • 103 low BCS cows on once a day milking
  • 4.8mils of rain for the week
  • 2 Days of irrigation over the last week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 2ndApril 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2449kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

68kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

31 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

3.74 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

541

Ave Soil Temp (week)

15.7⁰C

SCC

148,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.6 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat – 5.53%

Milk Protein – 4.48%

Next Farm Walk – 9th April 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 541 in milk cows and heifers on the milking platform. 527 cows in milk and 13 culls that are booked to go to the works
  2. 103 Light body condition score cows are on once a day milking.
  3. The farm has been running 3 herds main herd of 391 cows (on twice a day milking) once a day herd 103 cows and small once a day herd made up of 8 staph cows and approximately 24 lame cows.
  4. We have adapted Max T on farm (fixed time cup removal). This was implemented at the end of January. We are saving approximately 25 minutes per day in milking time (15 minutes at morning milking and 10 minutes at afternoon milking). There doesn’t appear to be any negative effects from doing this although we have had a slight increase in mastitis cases.
  5. No new mastitis cows this week.
  6. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25thMarch. Average BCS was 4.4

Calving 2 April 2019

BCS 26 Mar 2019

BCS 20 Feb 2019BCS 11 Jan 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 15.7 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 2 April 2019

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

SMoist 2 April 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. 1 day of irrigation on the south block over the last week. 3days of irrigation on the North Block
  3. The farm received no rain over the last week.
  4. We have stopped irrigating possibly for the season but we will continue to monitor soil moisture and expected rain fall and react accordingly.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 2 April 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 526 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9468 kgDM/day or 59 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 9468 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1776gDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1776 + 1500 = 3276 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2373 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 31 days with a target of minimum 30 day round. Demand line is set for 30 day round off 160 Ha.
  4. 14.8 Tonne  silage fed over the last week averaging around 3.74Kg Dm /cow a day
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. Nitrogen has been applied to 19.1 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas).
  7. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 166 kg. We have now finished our nitrogen applications for this season.
  8. Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

Spring pasture tracker 2 April 2019

 

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 541 cows and heifers calved and grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass with silage being added as required to hold and extend round length.
  3. We be aiming to be on a minimum 30 day round.
  4. We will monitor round length over the next week and react accordingly.

Tuesday 26 March 2019

LUDF – focus for 2018/19 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes
  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:

  • 14.6 tonne DM silage fed
  • Round length 27.6 days
  • Cows averaged 1.68Kg MS
  • Growth past week 64 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2373
  • 103 low BCS cows going on once a day milking
  • No rain for the week
  • 1 Day of irrigation over the last week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 26thMarch 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2373kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

64kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

27 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

3.86 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

541

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.9⁰C

SCC

153,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.68 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.82

Milk Fat – 5.42%

Milk Protein – 4.43%

 

Next Farm Walk – 2nd April 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 541 in milk cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. 12 culls will be dried off tomorrow and are booked to go to the works.
  3. 103 Light body condition score cows will be put on once a day milking from tomorrow.
  4. The farm has been running 3 herds main herd of 339 cows small herd 137 cows and a once a day herd made up of 18 staph cows 20 cows that are below 4 BCS and approximately 23 lame cows. The makeup of the small herd changed on 16 January to a group of 137 mixed age cows that are below 4.5 and calving in the first 3 weeks of 2019-2020 lactation .The small herd isn’t pushed to achieve residuals getting the first 2 ha of each paddock for 24 hours then they are followed by the main herd who get all of the paddock and are expected to achieve a good residual over all of the paddock.
  5. We have adapted Max T on farm (fixed time cup removal). This was implemented at the end of January. We are saving approximately 25 minutes per day in milking time (15 minutes at morning milking and 10 minutes at afternoon milking). There doesn’t appear to be any negative effects from doing this although we have had a slight increase in mastitis cases.
  6. No new mastitis cows this week.
  7. SCC has been an issue through the first part of this season. We have taken cultures of the 49 highest cell count cows (cows over 500,000) after our herd test on the 27th September. 28 cows have tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus. Some of these have been treated and all of them are being milked last at each milking. 9 of the staph cows had SCC below 500,000 at the last herd test. These were all cultured and 7 of them came back Staphylococcus aureus negative. These seven cows are still being milked once a day and are milked in a separate herd at the end of each milking. Another culture will be taken from these cows in a couple of weeks and a decision on their future will be made at that point. The remaining high SCC staph cows have now been dried off and are booked into the works.
  8. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 25thMarch. Average BCS was 4.4.

Calving 26 Mar 2019

BCS 26 Mar 2019

BCS 20 Feb 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 16.9 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 26 Mar 2019

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

SMoist 26 Mar 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. 1 day of irrigation on the south block over the last week. North block irrigation has been started today and will run for a couple of days.
  3. The farm received no rain over the last week.
  4. We have had to restart irrigation again due to the very dry conditions. This will be very limited and we will continue to monitor soil moisture and react accordingly.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed Wedge 26 Mar 2019

 

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 529 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9522 kgDM/day or 59 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 9522 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1786gDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1786 + 1500 = 3286 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2373 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 27 days with a target of 30 day round. Demand line is set for 30 day round off 160 Ha
  4. 14.6 Tonne silage fed over the last week averaging around 3.86Kg Dm /cow a day
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. Nitrogen has been applied to 45.5 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas).
  7. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 164 kg. We will be applying our last application of urea at the end of this week.
  8. Paddock N-4 was sprayed out 8 January for re grassing. This was mown and made into silage 12.2 Tonne Dm harvested. This paddock was re sown 31st January, pasture mix consisted of Trojan NEA2 diploid perennial ryegrass @ 9kg/ha Viscount NEA4 tetraploid ryegrass @14Kg/ha Kotuku white clover @2kg/ha Weka white clover @2kg/ha Ecotain plantain @3kg/ha Total mix per ha 30
  9.  Paddock N-4 has had its first light grazing and was post graze mown to control the weeds.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 541 cows and heifers calved and grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass with silage being added if required to hold and extend round length.
  3. We be aiming to be on a minimum 30 day round.
  4. Urea will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  5. We will monitor round length over the next week and react accordingly.