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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 12 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 / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 23 days
  • Cows averaged 1.70Kg MS
  • Growth past week 72 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2486
  • 12.4 mm of rain for the week
  • No irrigation over the last week
  • 6.9 ha post graze mown
  • 70% six week incalf rate
  • 16% empty cows in milk
  • 28% yearling heifers empty

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 12thMarch 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2486kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

72kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

23 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

541

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.2⁰C

SCC

161,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.70 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat – 5.37%

Milk Protein – 4.35%

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 541 in milk cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. The farm is currently running 3 herds main herd of 351 cows small herd 136 cows and a once a day herd made up of 18 staph cows 20 cows that are below 4 BCS and approximately 16 lame cows. The makeup of the small herd changed on 16 January to a group of 136 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.
  3. 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.
  4. No new mastitis cows this week.
  5. 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.
  6. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 20thfebruary. Average BCS was 4.4

Calving 12 March 2019

BCS 20 Feb 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

BCS 21 Nov 2018

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 16.2 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 12 Mar 2019

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

SMoist 12 Mar 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot.
  3. No irrigation has occurred over the last week.
  4. The farm received 12.4 mm of rain over the last week.
  5. There is a high possibility that there will be no more irrigation this season but we will continue to monitor soil moisture and react accordingly.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 12 Mar 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 541 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9738 kgDM/day or 61 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 9738 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1522gDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1522 + 1550 = 3072 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2418 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 23 days with a target of 25 day round.This was quicker than desired due to nipping off new grass paddock N-4 which only took 12 hours. Demand line is set for 25 day round off 160 Ha
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. 6.9 ha post graze mown during the past week to control weeds..
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 27.5 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 150 kg
  9. 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
  10.  Paddock N-4 had its first light grazing last Wednesday 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 25 day round and slowly pushing out to around 30 days over the next couple of weeks.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 5 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 / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 25 days
  • Cows averaged 1.70Kg MS
  • Growth past week 79 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2448
  • 6.4 mm of rain for the week
  • 4 days of irrigation over the last week
  • No post graze mowing
  • 70% six week incalf rate
  • 16% empty cows in milk
  • 28% yearling heifers empty

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 5thMarch 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2448kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

79kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

541

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14.8⁰C

SCC

185,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.70 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.82

Milk Fat – 5.29%

Milk Protein – 4.32%

 

Next Farm Walk – 12th March Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 541 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform. 541 cows in milk, 7 cows culled (2 in calf older lames, 3 empty lames and 2 empty staff cows).
  2. The farm continues to run 2 main herds plus the staff/lame herd. The makeup of the small herd changed on 16 January to a group of 165 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.
  3. 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.
  4. No new mastitis cows this week.
  5. 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.
  6. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 20thfebruary. Average BCS was 4.4.

 Calving 5 Mar 2019

BCS 20 Feb 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

BCS 21 Nov 2018

 

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 5 Mar 2019

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

SMoist 5 Mar 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot.
  3.  4 days of irrigation has occurred over the last week.
  4. The farm received 6.4 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 5 Mar 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 541 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9738 kgDM/day or 61 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 9738 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1522gDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1522 + 1550 = 3072 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2418 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 25 days with a target of 25 day round. Demand line is set for 25day round off 160 Ha
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. No post graze mowing during the past week.
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 32.3 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 146 kg
  9. 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
  10.  Paddock N-4 will have its first light grazing tomorrow and then will be 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 25 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 26 February 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 / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 24 days
  • Cows averaged 1.73Kg MS
  • Growth past week 74 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2418
  • 16 mm of rain for the week
  • No irrigation over the last week
  • No post graze mowing
  • 70% six week incalf rate
  • 16% empty cows in milk
  • 28% yearling heifers empty

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 26thFebruary 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2418kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

74kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.4⁰C

SCC

175,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.73 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat – 5.15%

Milk Protein – 4.19%

 

Next Farm Walk – 5th March Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 548 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform. 542 cows in milk 6 dried off (4 lame empty and 2 empty staff cows).
  2. The farm continues to run 2 main herds plus the staff/lame herd. The makeup of the small herd changed on 16 January to a group of 165 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 2 new mastitis cows this week.
  5. 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.
  6. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 20th February. Average BCS was 4.4.

Calving 26 Feb 2019

BCS 20 Feb 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

BCS 21 Nov 2018

Mating Preparedness

  1. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without the bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                               xiv.     77 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                xv.     15 th  December Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                               xvi.     16th and 17th December mate to observed heats

                                              xvii.     28th Final preg test

                                            xviii.     28% empty

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating. 21 of these were empty leaving only 40% incalf.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 546 99%.
  8. Last day of Mating 30th December. Total mating period 10 weeks 4 days
  9. Preg test 7/1 confirmed 70% six week in-calf rate
  10. Preg test 4/2 confirmed 84% of cows in milk in-calf.

 

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 16.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 26 Feb 2019

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

SMoist 26 Feb 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot .
  3.  No Irrigation has occurred for over the last week.
  4. The farm received 16 mils of rain over the last week.

 

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feedwedge 26 Feb 2019

 

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 542 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9756 kgDM/day or 61 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 9864 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1524gDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1524 + 1550 = 3074 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2418 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 24 days with a target of 24-25 day round. Demand line is set for 25day round off 153 Ha
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. No post graze mowning during the past week.
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 41.8 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 141 kg
  9. 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
  10.  Paddock N-4 will have its first light grazing over the next week and then we will post graze mown to control the weeds.

 

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 548 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 24-25 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

 

Tuesday 19 February 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 / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 24 days
  • Cows averaged 1.72Kg MS
  • Growth past week 80 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2414
  • 6.6 mm of rain for the week
  • 5 days irrigation
  • No post graze mowing
  • 70% six week incalf rate
  • 16% empty cows in milk
  • 28% yearling heifers empty

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 19thFebruary 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2414kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

80kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

18.1⁰C

SCC

200,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.72 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat – 5.14%

Milk Protein – 4.15%

Herd Management

  1. There are 548 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.542 cows in milk 6 dried off  (4 lame empty and 2 empty staff cows)
  2. The farm continues to run 2 main herds plus the staff/lame herd. The makeup of the small herd changed on 16 January to a group of 165 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.
  3. 2 new mastitis cow this week.
  4. 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.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 11thJanuary. Average BCS was 4.4

Calving 19 February 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

BCS 21 Nov 2018

Mating Preparedness

  1. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                               xiv.     77 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                xv.     15 th  December Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                               xvi.     16th and 17th December mate to observed heats

                                              xvii.     28th Final preg test

                                            xviii.     28% empty

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating. 21 of these were empty leaving only 40% incalf.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 546 99%.
  8. Last day of Mating 30th December. Total mating period 10 weeks 4 days
  9. Preg test 7/1 confirmed 70% six week in calf rate
  10. Preg test 4/2 confirmed 84% of cows in milk in calf.

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 18.1 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 19 February 2019

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

SMoist 19 February 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot .
  3. Irrigation has occurred for 5 days over the last week.
  4. The farm received 6.6 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 19 February 2019

 

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9864 kgDM/day or 64 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 9864 kgDM/day / 6.38 ha/day = 1546kgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1546 + 1550 = 3096 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2414 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 24 days with a target of 22-24 day round. Demand line is set for 24 day round off 153 Ha
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. No post graze mowning during the past week.
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 49.3 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 135 kg
  9. 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
  10.  Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 548 cows 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 12 February 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 / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 22 days
  • Cows averaged 1.73Kg MS
  • Growth past week 84 KgDm
  • Farm cover 2427
  • No rain for the week
  • 7 Days irrigation
  • No post graze mowing
  • 70% six week incalf rate
  • 16% Empty Cows in milk
  • 28% yearling heifers empty

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 12thFebruary 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2427kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

84kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

22 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.9⁰C

SCC

233,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.73 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat – 5.12%

Milk Protein – 4.15%

 

Farm Walk – 19th February Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. Remember our Farm Focus Day is coming up - 21 February.

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 548 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. The farm continues to run 2 main herds plus the staff/lame herd. The makeup of the small herd changed on 16 January to a group of 165 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.
  3. 1 new mastitis cow this week.
  4. 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.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 11thJanuary. Average BCS was 4.4.

Calving 12 Feb 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

BCS 21 Nov 2018

Mating Preparedness

  1. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                               xiv.     77 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                xv.     15 th  December Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                               xvi.     16th and 17th December mate to observed heats

                                              xvii.     28th Final preg test

                                            xviii.     28% empty

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating. 21 of these were empty leaving only 40% incalf.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 546 99%.
  8. Last day of Mating 30th December .Total mating period 10 weeks 4 days
  9. Preg test 7/1 confirmed 70% six week in calf rate
  10. Preg test 4/2 confirmed 84% of cows in milk in calf.

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 12 Feb 2019

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

SMoist 12 Feb 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot.
  3. irrigation has occurred for 7 days over the last week.
  4. The farm received no rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 12 Feb 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9864 kgDM/day or 64 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 9864 kgDM/day / 6.38 ha/day = 1546kgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1546 + 1550 = 3096 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2427 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 22 days with a target of 22-24 day round. Demand line is set for 24 day round off 153 Ha
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. No post graze mowning during the past week.
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 38.9 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 127 kg
  9. 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
  10.  Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 548 cows 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 5 February 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 / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 23 days
  • Cows averaged 1.75Kg MS
  • Growth past week 86KgDM
  • Farm cover 2391
  • .02 mm of rain for the week
  • 5 Days irrigation
  • No post graze mowing
  • 70% six week incalf rate
  • 16% Empty Cows in milk
  • 28% yearling heifers empty

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 5thFebruary 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2335kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

86kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

18.6⁰C

SCC

202,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.75 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.82

Milk Fat – 5.02%

Milk Protein – 4.11%

 

Farm Walk – 12th February Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 548 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. The farm continues to run 2 main herds plus the staff/lame herd. The makeup of the small herd changed on 16 January to a group of 165 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.
  3. No new mastitis cows this week.
  4. 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.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 11thJanuary. Average BCS was 4.4

Calving 5 Feb 2019

 

BCS 11 Jan 2019

 

BCS 21 Nov 2018

Mating Preparedness

  1. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                               xiv.     77 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                xv.     15 th  December Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                               xvi.     16th and 17th December mate to observed heats

                                              xvii.     28th Final preg test

                                            xviii.     28% empty

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating. 21 of these were empty leaving only 40% incalf.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 546 99%.
  8. Last day of Mating 30th December. Total mating period 10 weeks 4 days
  9. Preg test 7/1 confirmed 70% six week in calf rate
  10. Preg test 4/2 confirmed 84% of cows in milk in calf.

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 18.6 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 5 Feb 2019

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

SMoist 5 Feb 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot .
  3. irrigation has occurred for 5 days over the last week.
  4. The farm received .02 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 5 Feb 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9864 kgDM/day or 64 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 9864 kgDM/day / 6.38 ha/day = 1546kgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1546 + 1550 = 3096 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2391kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 23 days with a target of 22-24 day round. Demand line is set for 24 day round off 153 Ha
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. No post graze mowing during the past week.
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 33.74 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 121 kg
  9. 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 last Thursday, 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
  10.  Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 548 cows 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 29 January 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 / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 24 days
  • Cows averaged 1.77Kg MS
  • Growth past week 89KgDm
  • Farm cover 2335
  • 5.4 mm of rain for the week
  • 6 days irrigation
  • 15.2 Ha post graze mown
  • 70% six week incalf rate
  • 28% yearling heifers empty

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 29thJanuary 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2335kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

89kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

17.8⁰C

SCC

215,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.77 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat – 5.05%

Milk Protein – 4.07%

Farm Walk – 5th February Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

 Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 548 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. The farm continues to run 2 main herds plus the staff/lame herd. The makeup of the small herd changed on 16 January to a group of 165 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.
  3. No new mastitis cows this week.
  4. 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.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 11thJanuary. Average BCS was 4.4

Calving 29 Jan 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

 

 

 

 

BCS 21 Nov 2018

Mating Preparedness

  1. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                               xiv.     77 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                xv.     15 th  December Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                               xvi.     16th and 17th December mate to observed heats

                                              xvii.     28th Final preg test

                                            xviii.     28% empty

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating. 21 of these were empty leaving only 40% incalf.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 546 99%.
  8. Last day of Mating 30th December. Total mating period 10 weeks 4 days
  9. Preg test 7/1 confirmed 70% six week incalf rate
  10. Next preg test 4th February. This will give us our whole herd incalf rate.

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 17.8. °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 29 Jan 2019

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

SMoist 29 Jan 2019

 

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot.
  3. irrigation has occurred for 6 days over the last week.
  4. The farm received 5.4 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feedwedge 29 Jan 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9864 kgDM/day or 64 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 9864 kgDM/day / 6.38 ha/day = 1546kgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1546 + 1550 = 3096 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2335kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 24 days with a target of 22-24 day round. Demand line is set for 24 day round off 153 Ha
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. 15.2 ha post graze mown during the past week.
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 28.57 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 116 kg
  9. 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 last Thursday, 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
  10.  Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

 

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 548 cows 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 22 January 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 / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 22 days
  • Cows averaged 1.81Kg MS
  • Growth past week 80KgDm
  • Farm cover 2343
  • 6.6 mm of rain for the week
  • 4 Days irrigation
  • 11 Ha post graze mown
  • 70% six week incalf rate

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 22ndJanuary 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2343kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

80kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

22 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

17.2⁰C

SCC

194,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.81 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.80

Milk Fat – 5.10%

Milk Protein – 4.09%

 

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 548 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. The farm continues to run 2 main herds plus the staff/lame herd. The makeup of the small herd changed on 16 January to a group of 165 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.
  3. No new mastitis cows this week.
  4. 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.
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 11thJanuary. Average BCS was 4.4.

Calving 22 Jan 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

BCS 21 Nov 2018

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. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                               xiv.     77 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                xv.     15 th  December Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                               xvi.     16th and 17th December mate to observed heats

                                              xvii.     28th Final preg test

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 546 99%.
  8. Last day of Mating 30th December .Total mating period 10 weeks 4 days
  9. Preg test 7/1 confirmed 70% six week incalf rate
  10. Next preg test 4th February .This will give us our whole herd incalf rate.

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 17.2. °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 22 Jan 2019

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

SMoist 22 Jan 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot .
  3. irrigation has occurred for 4 days over the last week.
  4. The farm received 6.6 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 22 Jan 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10412 kgDM/day or 65 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 10412 kgDM/day / 6.38 ha/day = 1,632kgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1632 + 1550 = 3182 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2343kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 22 days with a target of 22-24 day round. Demand line is set for 24 day round off 153 Ha
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. 11 ha post graze mown during the past week.
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 36.43 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 112 kg
  9. 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 is now cultivated and will be re sown tomorrow morning. Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 548 cows 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 15 January 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 / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

Key points

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 24 days
  • Cows averaged 1.81Kg MS
  • Growth past week 80KgDm
  • Farm cover 2399kgDM/ha
  • 17.8 mm of rain for the week
  • 4 Days irrigation
  • 2 Paddocks post graze mown
  • 70% six week incalf rate

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 15thJanuary 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2399kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

80kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

17.8⁰C

SCC

172,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.81 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.83

Milk Fat – 4.90%

Milk Protein – 4.07%

 

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 548 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. No new mastitis cows this week.
  3. 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.
  4. All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned. On Monday the 12th December they were vaccinated with a 7-in-1 and IBR vaccine, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched .These were weighed again on Thursday the 13th December average weight 133Kg (only 1 heifer below 100Kg at 98 Kg) .They also received there booster 7-in-1 vaccine.

BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 11thJanuary. Average BCS was 4.4

 Calving 15 Jan 2019

BCS 11 Jan 2019

  

BCS 21 Nov 2018

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. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                               xiv.     77 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                xv.     15 th December Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                               xvi.     16th and 17th December mate to observed heats

                                              xvii.     28th Final preg test

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks - 88%
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 546 99%.
  8. Last day of Mating 30th December. Total mating period 10 weeks 4 days
  9. Preg test 7/1 confirmed 70% six week incalf rate
  10. Next preg test 4th February. This will give us our whole herd incalf rate.

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 17.8. °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 15 Jan 2019

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

SMoist 15 Jan 2019

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot.
  3. Irrigation has occurred for 4 days over the last week.
  4. The farm received 17.8 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed Wedge 15 Jan 2019

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10412 kgDM/day or 65 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. 10412 kgDM/day / 6.38 ha/day = 1,632kgDM
    3. Pre-graze cover = 1632 + 1550 = 3182 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2399kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 24 days with a target of 22-24 day round. Demand line is set for 24 day round off 153 Ha
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. 17.5 ha post graze mown during the past week.
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 36.67 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 106 kg
  9. 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 will be cultivated and re sown over the next week. Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 548 cows 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 8 January 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 / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 22 days
  • Cows averaged 1.85Kg MS
  • Growth past week 82KgDm
  • Farm cover 2434
  • 6.4mm of rain for the week
  • 5 Days irrigation
  • 1.3 Paddocks post graze mown
  • 70% six week incalf rate

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 8thJanuary 2019

Ave Past Cover

 

2434kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

82kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

22 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

548

Ave Soil Temp (week)

19⁰C

SCC

179,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.85 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.82

Milk Fat – 4.95%

Milk Protein – 4.05%

 

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

 Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 548 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. There were 10 new lame cows and no new mastitis cows this week.
  3. 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.
  4. All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned. On Monday the 12th December they were vaccinated with a 7-in-1 and IBR vaccine, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched. They were weighed again on Thursday the 13th December - average weight 133Kg (only 1 heifer below 100Kg at 98 Kg) .They also received their booster 7-in-1 vaccine.

Calving 8 Jan 2018BCS 21 Nov 2018

BCS 29 Oct 2018

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. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                               xiv.     77 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                xv.     15 th  December Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                               xvi.     16th and 17th December mate to observed heats

                                              xvii.     28th Final preg test

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 546 99%.
  8. Last day of Mating 30th December. Total mating period 10 weeks 4 days
  9. Preg test 7/1 confirmed 70% six week incalf rate
  10. Next preg test 4th February. This will give us our whole herd incalf rate.

Growing conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 16.8. °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 8 Jan 2018

 

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

SMoist 8 Jan 2019

 

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot .
  3. irrigation has occurred for 5 days over the last week.
  4. The farm received 6.4 mm of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed Wedge 8 Jan 2019

 

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 548 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10412 kgDM/day or 65 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We could currently drop down to a minimum of 22 day round which the line on the current feed wedge is set for.
    3. 10412 kgDM/day / 7.27 ha/day = 1,432kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1432 + 1550 = 3068 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2434 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 22 days with a target of 22-24 days round.
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. 1.3 Paddocks post graze mown during the past week.
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 37.38 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 101 kg
  9. Paddock N-4 was sprayed out today for re grassing. As we have a slight surplus of grass we will mow this paddock on Thursday and make into balage. Early next week this paddock will be cultivated and re-sown.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 548 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 18 December 2018

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. Identifying cycling cows
  2. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  3. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 22 days
  • Cows averaged 1.95Kg MS
  • Growth past week 84KgDm
  • Farm cover 2367
  • 4 Mils of rain for the week
  • 3 Days irrigation
  • Cow condition holding Average 4.5
  • 2 Paddocks post graze mown

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 18thDecember 2018

Ave Past Cover

 

2367kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

84kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

22 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.8⁰C

SCC

196,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.95 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.83

Milk Fat – 4.85%

Milk Protein – 4.01%

 

Farm Walk – 18th December Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 552 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. There were 10 new lame cows and 1 new mastitis cows this week.
  3. 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.
  4. All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned. On Monday the 12th December they were vaccinated with a 7-in-1 and IBR vaccine, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched .These were weighed again on Thursday the 13th December average weight 133Kg (only 1 heifer below 100Kg at 98 Kg) .They also received there booster 7-in-1 vaccine.

BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 21st October. Average BCS was 4.5 

Calving 18 Dec 2018

BCS 21 Nov 2018BCS 29 Oct 2018

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. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                               xiv.     77 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                xv.     15 th  December Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                               xvi.     16th and 17th December mate to observed heats

                                              xvii.     28th Final preg test

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 546 99%.

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 16.8. °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 18 Dec 2018

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

SMoist 18 Dec 2018

 

 

 

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot.
  3. Irrigation has occurred for 3 days over the last week.
  4. The farm received 4 mls of rain over the last week.

 

1

 

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

2.      Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot.

3.      irrigation has occurred for 3 days over the last week.

4.      The farm received 4 mls of rain over the last week..      This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.

2.      Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 2 span pivot.

3.      irrigation has occurred for 3 days over the last week.

4.      The farm received 4 mls of rain over the last week.

 

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed Wedge 18 Dec 2018

 

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,040 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We could currently drop down to a minimum of 22 day round which the line on the current feed wedge is set for.
    3. 11,040 kgDM/day / 7.27 ha/day = 1,518kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1518 + 1550 = 3068 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 367 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 22 days with a target of 22-24 days round.
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. 2 Paddocks post graze mown during the past week.
  7. Nitrogen, in the form of coated urea has been applied to 30.17 ha for this week at a rate of 25 kgN/ha (except in effluent areas). N-Protect (Urease inhibitor coated urea) will be used until the risks of ammonia volatilisation losses have reduced. This is likely to be late summer, depending on the weather conditions over this time. 
  8. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 82 kg.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 552 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 11 December 2018

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. Identifying cycling cows
  2. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  3. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly

 

Key points:

  • No silage fed
  • Round length 24 days
  • Cows averaged 1.97Kg MS
  • Growth past week 55KgDm
  • Farm cover 2437
  • 9 Mils of rain for the week
  • No irrigation
  • Cow condition holding Average 4.5
  • Achieved good residuals despite very wet ground conditions
  • 1 paddock post graze mown

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 11thDecember 2018

Ave Past Cover

 

2437kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

55kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.1⁰C

SCC

205,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.97 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat – 4.95%

Milk Protein – 4.02%

 

Farm Walk – 18th December Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 552 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. There were 10 new lame cows and 1 new mastitis cows this week.
  3. 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.
  4. All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk. These were weighed on Monday the 12th and there were 136 over 100 Kg and 24 that were between 86Kg and 99Kg. All calves are now on all grass.

Calving 11 Dec 2018

BCS 21 Nov 2018

BCS 29 Oct 2018

 

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. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 544 99%.

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 16.1. °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 11 Dec 2018

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

SMoist 11 Dec 2018

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 3 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for 2 new pivots a 4 span pivot and a 3 span pivot .
  3. No irrigation has occurred over the last week.
  4. The farm received 9 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed Wedge 11 Dec 2018

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,040 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We could currently drop down to a minimum of 22 day round which the line on the current feed wedge is set for.
    3. 11,040 kgDM/day / 7.27 ha/day = 1,518kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1518 + 1550 = 3068 kgDM/ha.
  2. Average Pasture Cover is 2437 kgDM/ha.
  3. Round length last week was 24 days with a target of 22-24 days round.
  4. No silage fed over the last week
  5. Cows achieved good residuals
  6. 1 Paddock post graze mown during the past week.
  7. 39.27 Ha received 25Kg/Ha of N-protect.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 552 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 4 December 2018

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

 

 Key points:

  • 1.6 Kg Dm per day to hold round
  • Round length 21 days
  • Cows holding at 2.07Kg MS
  • Growth past week 95KgDm
  • Farm cover 2332
  • 10.8 Mils of rain for the week
  • No irrigation
  • Cow condition holding Average 4.5
  • Achieved good residuals despite very wet ground conditions
  • No mowing

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 4thDecember 2018

Ave Past Cover

 

2332kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

95kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

21 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

15.8⁰C

SCC

196,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.07 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.83

Milk Fat – 4.89%

Milk Protein – 4.13%

 

Farm Walk – Tuesday 11th December Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 

 Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 552 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. There were 6 new lame cows and no new mastitis cows this week.
  3. 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.
  4. All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk . These were weighed on Monday the 12th and there were 136 over 100 Kg and 24 that were between 86Kg and 99Kg .The smaller group of 24 are still on ablib meal .
  5. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 29th October. Average BCS was 4.6 which is above the expected BCS for this time of year as per the graph below.

Calving 4 Dec 2018

 

BCS 29 Oct 18BCS 21 Sept 18

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. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 540 98%.

 

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 4 Dec 2018

 

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

SMoist 4 Dec 2018

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 2 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for a 4 span new pivot on the north block to better irrigate the Ellesmere Junction road corner.
  3. No irrigation has occurred over the last week.
  4. The farm received 10.8 mils of rain over the last week.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 552 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 round length.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect 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.

Tuesday 27 November 2018

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

 Summary

  • No supplement fed season to date
  • Cows holding at 2.1Kg MS
  • Growth past week 74KgDm
  • Farm cover 2300
  • 39 mls of rain for the week
  • No irrigation
  • Cow condition holding Average 4.5
  • Achieved good residuals despite very wet ground conditions
  • No pre graze mowing 2 paddocks post graze mown

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 27thNovember 2018

Ave Past Cover

 

2300kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

74kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

23 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14⁰C

SCC

220,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.1 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.79

Milk Fat – 5.04%

Milk Protein – 4.01%

 

 

 

 

 

Farm Walk – 4th December. Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us.  Please call to notify us of your intention and bring your plate meter and clean gumboots. Phone SIDDC – 03 423 0022.

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 552 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. The herd was split on Monday 21st August. The small herd has 170 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows (3 low BCS cows were transferred from the big herd to the small herd following the BCS on Friday 21st September). The remaining animals are all in the large herd.
  3. There were 4 new lame cows and 3 new mastitis cows this week.
  4. 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.
  5. All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk. These were weighed on Monday the 12th and there were 136 over 100 Kg and 24 that were between 86Kg and 99Kg. The smaller group of 24 are still on adlib meal.
  6. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 29th October. Average BCS was 4.6 which is above the expected BCS for this time of year as per the graph below.

Calving 27 Nov 2018

 

BCS 29 Oct 18

BCS 21 Sept 18

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. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                  ix.     60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                   x.     23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  xi.     24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

                                                xii.     11th December preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               xiii.     11th December reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

 

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 537 97%.

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 27 Nov 2018

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

SMoist 27 Nov 2018

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 2 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for a 4 span new pivot on the north block to better irrigate the Ellesmere Junction road corner.
  3. No irrigation has occurred over the last week.
  4. The farm received 36 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 27 Nov 2018

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,040 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We could currently drop down to a minimum of 22 day round which the line on the current feed wedge is set for.
    3. 11,040 kgDM/day / 7.27 ha/day = 1,518kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1518 + 1550 = 3068 kgDM/ha.
  2. This has been another good week of growth at LUDF, with warm temperatures and enough soil moisture.
  3. Average Pasture Cover is 2300kgDM/ha.
  4. Round length last week was 23 days with a target of 22-24 days round.
  5. Cows achieved good residuals despite very wet ground conditions
  6. 13.91 Ha was post graze mown this week.
  7. N*-protect was applied to 34.72 Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  8. Paddock N-11 was under sown with a mix of Trojan, Plantain and Clover at a rate of 15Kg mixed seed/Ha on the 2nd October.

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 552 cows and heifers calved and grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass.
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  5. We will monitor round length over the next and react accordingly.

Tuesday 20 November 2018

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

 Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 20thNovember 2018

Ave Past Cover

 

2367kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

79kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14.6⁰C

SCC

246,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.1 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat – 4.89%

Milk Protein – 3.96%

Farm Walk – 27th November Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us.  Please call to notify us of your intention and bring your plate meter and clean gumboots. Phone SIDDC – 03 423 0022.

 Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 552 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. The herd was split on Monday 21st August. The small herd has 170 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows (3 low BCS cows were transferred from the big herd to the small herd following the BCS on Friday 21st September). The remaining animals are all in the large herd.
  3. There were 3 new lame cows and 2 new mastitis cows this week.
  4. 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.
  5. All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk . These were weighed on Monday the 12th and there were 136 over 100 Kg and 24 that were between 86Kg and 99Kg .The smaller group of 24 are still on ablib meal .
  6. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 29th October. Average BCS was 4.6 which is above the expected BCS for this time of year as per the graph below.Calving 20 Nov 2018
  7. BCS 29 Oct 2018
  8. BCS 21 Sept 2018

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. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                               i.      2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                             ii.      9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                            iii.      11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                           iv.      28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                             v.      1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                           vi.      2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                          vii.      15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                                        viii.      19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

                                                           ix.      60 heifers confirmed pregnant

                                                             x.      23rd  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                           xi.      24th and 25th November mate to observed heats

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 %
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 526 95%.

 

Growing conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

STemp 20 Nov 2018

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

SMoist 20 Nov 2018

 

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 2 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for a 4 span new pivot on the north block to better irrigate the Ellesmere Junction road corner.
  3. No irrigation has occurred over the last week.
  4. The farm received 17.6 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed Wedge 20 Nov 2018

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,040 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We could currently drop down to a minimum of 22 day round which the line on the current feed wedge is set for.
    3. 11,040 kgDM/day / 7.27 ha/day = 1,518kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1518 + 1550 = 3068 kgDM/ha.
  2. This has been another good week of growth at LUDF, with warm temperatures and enough soil moisture.
  3. Average Pasture Cover is 2367kgDM/ha.
  4. Round length last week was 24 days with a target of 22-24 days round.
  5. 22.04 Ha was pre graze mown this week.
  6. N*-protect was applied to 38.951Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week.
  7. Paddock N-11 was under sown with a mix of Trojan, Plantain and Clover at a rate of 15Kg mixed seed/Ha on the 2nd October

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 552 cows and heifers calved and grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 22-24 days.
  4. N-protect will be applied through the week as weather allows and whole paddocks become available.
  5. We will monitor round length over the next and react accordingly.

Tuesday 13 November 2018

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

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 13thNovember 2018

Ave Past Cover

 

2334kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

80kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

25.6 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

13.8⁰C

SCC

257,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.1 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.78

Milk Fat – 4.96%

Milk Protein – 3.88%

 

Farm Walk – 20th November Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us.  Please call to notify us of your intention and bring your plate meter and clean gumboots. Phone SIDDC – 03 423 0022.

 Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 552 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. The herd was split on Monday 21st August. The small herd has 170 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows (3 low BCS cows were transferred from the big herd to the small herd following the BCS on Friday 21st September). The remaining animals are all in the large herd.
  3. There were 2 new lame cows and 1 new mastitis cow this week.
  4. 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.
  5. 167 replacement heifer calves have been tagged all these have now been dis budded, DNA sampled and put outside. Blood samples were also taken for BVD (all tested negative).
  6. All heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk. These were weighed on Monday the 12th and there were 136 over 100 Kg and 24 that were between 86Kg and 99Kg. The smaller group of 24 are still on ad lib meal and the ones over 100 are being offered around 1kg of meal for another week at which time we will have enough grass to wean them completely off meal.
  7. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 29th October. Average BCS was 4.6 which is above the expected BCS for this time of year as per the graph below.

Calving 13 Nov 18

BCS 29 Oct 18BCS 21 Sept 18

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. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. 486 cows were mated in first 3 weeks 88 percent
  7. Total number of cows mated to-date: 512.

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 13.8 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeksSTemp 13 Nov 2018

Figure 2: Soil moisture history for the last 2 weeks (Paddock N2).SMoist 13 Nov 2018

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 2 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for a 4 span new pivot on the north block to better irrigate the Ellesmere Junction road corner.
  3. irrigation has occurred for half a day the last week.
  4. The farm received 38.8mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedgeFeedWedge 13 Nov 2018

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,040 kgDM/day or 69 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We could currently drop down to a minimum of a 22 day round which the line on the current feed wedge is set for.
    3. 11,040 kgDM/day / 7.27 ha/day = 1,518kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1518 + 1550 = 3068 kgDM/ha.
  2. This has been another good week of growth at LUDF, with warm temperatures and enough soil moisture.
  3. Average Pasture Cover is 2334kgDM/ha.
  4. Round length last week was 25.6 days with a target of 25 days round.
  5. Paddock S6 was harvested for silage 19.2 tonne Dm
  6. 20.6 Ha was pre-graze mown this week.
  7. Urea was applied to 38.471Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week. From this week we will start using N-Protect
  8. Paddock N-11 was under sown with a mix of Trojan, Plantain and Clover at a rate of 15Kg mixed seed/Ha on the 2nd October

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 552 cows and heifers calved and grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 2days.
  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 and react accordingly.

Tuesday 6 November 2018

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

 Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 6thNovember 2018

Ave Past Cover

 

2387kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

73kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

27 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

552

Ave Soil Temp (week)

12.4⁰C

SCC

257,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.17 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.77

Milk Fat – 5.05%

Milk Protein – 3.90%

 

Farm Walk – 13th November Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us.  Please call to notify us of your intention and bring your plate meter and clean gumboots. Phone SIDDC – 03 423 0022.

 Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 552 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. The herd was split on Monday 21st August. The small herd has 170 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows (3 low BCS cows were transferred from the big herd to the small herd following the BCS on Friday 21st September). The remaining animals are all in the large herd.
  3. There were 3 new lame cows and 1 new mastitis cow this week.
  4. 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.
  5. 167 replacement heifer calves have been tagged all these have now been dis budded, DNA sampled and put outside. Blood samples were also taken for BVD (all tested negative).
  6. 144 heifer replacement calves have now been weaned off milk and are now on adlib meal and grass. All calves will be weighed next Monday and all calves over 100Kg will be weaned off meal onto grass.
  7. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 29th October. Average BCS was 4.6 which is above the expected BCS for this time of year as per the graph below.Calving 6 Nov 2018BCS 29 Oct 2018BCS 21 Sep 2018

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. Mating plan for yearling heifers:
    1. No bulls will be used
    2. To manage without he bulls, a CIDR programme will be used:

                                                    i.     2nd October: CIDRs were inserted on all heifers

                                                   ii.     9th October: CIDR were pulled out

                                                  iii.     11th October: blanket insemination.

                                                  iv.     28th October: Re insert CIDRs on all heifers

                                                   v.     1st  November Remove CIDRs Tail paint and put Kmars on

                                                  vi.     2nd and 3rd November mate to observed heats

                                                vii.     15th November preg test all heifers to identify who held to first insemination

                                               viii.     19th November reinsert CIDRs to heifers not confirmed pregnant

  1. 35 1st, 2nd and 3rd calving heifers have been carried over from last season to help replacement numbers next season and allow for appropriate culling of animals, should not-InCalf rate remain high this season. These have undergone the same treatment as the yearling heifers for mating.
  2. Milking herd reproductive health:
    1. Metricheck 1 done on Monday 3rd September: 33 cows were treated (6%) for metritis. Bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows to check for mineral status. Results showed that all levels are adequate however we are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
    2. Metricheck 2 was carried out on the 28th September another 9 cows were treated for metritis.
  3. Pre-mating heat detection started on Thursday the 20th September (all milking cows have been tail painted on Thursday13th September). 98 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1 of pre-mating heats and 123 cows have shown signs of heat during week 2 133 during week 3 and 162 during week 4. To date 418 cows have shown signs of a heat 75%.
  4. Planned start of mating: 18th October.
  5. Mating plan:
    1. Week 1: sexed semen
    2. Weeks 2-4: Premier Sires
    3. Week 5- 11: short gestation semen
  6. Total number of cows mated to-date: 477 or 23.8 cows/day average.

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 6 Nov 2018

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

SMoist 6 Nov 2018

  1. This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  2. Irrigation in the North Block has been changed to 2 pivots. The main centre pivot has been shifted and lost its corner arm. This has left room for a 4 span new pivot on the north block to better irrigate the Ellesmere Junction road corner.
  3. No irrigation has occurred over the last week.
  4. The farm received 12.2mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

FeedWedge 6 Nov 2018

 

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 552 cows eating 20 kgDM/cow/day = 11,040 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. 11,040 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,725kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1725 + 1550 = 3275 kgDM/ha.
  2. This has been an another good week of growth at LUDF, with warm temperatures and enough soil moisture.
  3. Average Pasture Cover is 2387kgDM/ha.
  4. Round length last week was 27 days with a target of 25 days round.
  5. Paddock S6 was skipped during last weeks round and is going to be harvested for silage .
  6. Total round length for the week was 23 days ,27 days with the cows plus paddock S6 taken out for silage.
  7.  With current growth above demand and very good quality pasture in front of us, pre-graze mowing has been started with 14.6 hectares pre-graze mown this week and paddock S5 post graze mown 8.34 hectares.
  8. Urea was applied to 35.21Ha at a rate of 55Kg Urea /ha over the last week. From next week we will start using N-Protect.
  9. Paddock N-11 was under sown with a mix of Trojan, Plantain and Clover at a rate of 15Kg mixed seed/Ha on the 2nd October.

 

Feeding Management for the coming month

  1. We currently have 552 cows and heifers calved and grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass
  3. We aim at grazing a round length of 25 days.
  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 and react accordingly.