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Farm Walks are held every Tuesday morning throughout the year starting 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 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, 14th November 2017

 

LUDF – focus for 2017/18 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, maximise 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. 

Next farm walk: Tuesday 21st 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), Natalia Benquet, Chris Norton. 

Key Numbers - 14th November 2017

Ave Past Cover

 

2384 kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Past Growth Rate

66 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24.2 days  (for 160 ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0  kgDM/cow/day

No Cows on farm

558 (total cows)

Ave Soil Temp (week)

13.5 ⁰C

SCC

132,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.14 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.82

Milk Fat - 4.82%

Milk Protein - 3.97%

Herd Management

  1. The farm has a total of 558 cows in milk - 520 twice-a-day milkers, and 35 once-a-day milkers (lames, sick and a small number that have a BCS of 3.5)
  2. Trace minerals, including magnesium chloride are supplemented through the stock water to all cows on the milking platform. Extra Iodine and Selenium is being added to the mix.
  3. 4 new lame cows this week and 3 new mastitis case
  4. 164 heifer replacements have been tagged so far, and all of them are outside. All have been debudded and have had a DNA sample taken. 19 of them are still being fed milk and the rest have been weaned off milk onto grass and meal as they are above 80 kgLW. 
  5. The farm continues to run 2 main herds plus the OAD herd. The small herd has around 142 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows and the remaining animals are all in the large herd.
  6. 20 cows on BCS 3.5 were moved to the sick mob following the late September whole herd body condition scoring event as all these cows are only milked once-a-day.
  7. The average BCS for the whole herd has dropped from 4.6 in late September to 4.4 in late October, however the number of cows below CS 4 has only changed marginally - from 13 to 19.

CS 14 11 

 BSC 14 11

 

 

Mating preparation, plan & progress

  1. Yearling heifers:
    1. Bled on the 31st August for pre-mating checks on mineral status. Levels came back as adequate. They have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating.
    2. Started AI mating with Daughter proven KiwiXX (easy calving sires only), based on daily visual detection on Tuesday 10th October.
    3. On 16th October any heifers not yet mated received a single PG and were then AI mated over the next 4 days as they showed visual signs of cycling.
    4. In total, 134 (out of the 146) were AI mated in 11 days.
    5. Eight Bulls are now running with the heifers (Rotated weekly).
  2. Milkers:
    1. Milking cows were metrichecked on 6th September with 10 treated for metritis and bloods were taken. Results show that calcium, magnesium, phosphate and copper levels are okay. However selenium and iodine levels are on the low side.
    2. The herd was Metrichecked again Tuesday pm milking with a further 2 cases identified and treated.
    3. All milking cows were tail painted on Tuesday 19th September and observation of Pre-mating heats began on Wednesday the 20th September. 59 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1, 87 cows during week 2, 107 during week 3 and 150 in the final week before mating started.
    4. The InCalf target is 90% cows submitted at the end of 3 weeks of mating. 90% of 560 is 504, therefore the target is 168 cows /week or 24/day.
    5. In terms of total number of cows showing heat pre-mating, 344 cows were observed as cycling in the three weeks immediately preceding the start of mating). This represents 61% of the herd having shown signs of heat before mating (target was 75%).
    6. Mating started on Wednesday 18th October.
    7. After 3 weeks of AB the submission rate was 83% cf 82% last season (note mating started a week earlier this season)
  3. The mating plan for the milking herd is as follows:
    1. Week minus 1 - Kiwi-Cross Frozen Sexed semen or Forward pack (every other cow)
    2. Weeks 1-3 - Forward pack Premier Sires
    3. Week 4 - Short Gestation (SGL) Dairy or Forward pack, depending on numbers returning and therefore expected number of replacements available
    4. Week 5-6 - SGL Dairy
    5. Weeks 7-9 natural bull mating, followed by SGL in weeks 10-11 or continue with bulls in week 10.
  4. On Wednesday 25th October, 68 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty two cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection.  Four cows had cysts and were treated and the rest were left to come on in their own time. Out of the 68 cows checked, 56 have now been mated by now.
  5. On Wednesday the 1st November, another 22 cows were put through the same process. Of these 11 received a PG injection and of the 22, 12 are now mated.
  6. A bulk milk sample, including peno milk, was collected for BVD testing. No BVD virus was detected so the herd remains BVD free (ie vaccination programme is keeping the herd clear)
  7. Mating progress for milking cows is as follows:

 

Date

Week minus 1

18-24 Oct

Week 1

25-31 Oct

Week 2

1-7 Nov

Week 3

8-14 Nov

Target No Cows Mated (1st AB)

168 (30%)

168 (30%)

168 (30%)

28 (5%)

Target Cumulative No Cows Mated

 

336 (60%)

504 (90%)

530 (95%)

Actual No Cows Mated

143 (26%)

175 (31%)

149 (26%)

31 (5%)

Actual Cumulative No Cows Mated (1st AB)

 

318 (57%)

467 (83%)

498 (89%)

 

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature for the past week was 13.5°C (15°C last week).
  2. The farm received no rain this week.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

temperature 14 11 

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

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

moisture 14 11

  1. Irrigation started on Tuesday the 24th October on both blocks of the farm. A malfunction on the safety systems meant that the pivots were only able to irrigate for 4 days during that first week.
  2. During the second week of irrigation, the end span of the South Pivot was also taken off to be repaired following a malfunction and is not yet been completely repaired. There has been 4 days of irrigation in the North block and 5 days of irrigation in the South block.
  3. The South block remains without the end span and the difference in the pasture is starting to be visible 

irrigation image 14 11

 

Pasture and Feed Management

  1. Nitrogen fertiliser in the form of urea has been applied to 49.7 ha at a rate of 40 kgN/ha (except in the effluent area where no further fertiliser N will be applied).
  2. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 74kgN/ha
  3. Milking cows are now achieving targeted residuals.
  4. Paddock S10 was harvested for silage with a yield of 13.7 tDM. This is around 10 tDM less than last week’s estimations.
  5. No further mowing has been done this week. 

  Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

wedge 14 11 

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 558 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10,602 kgDM/day or 66 kgDM/ha/day)
    2. We want to graze the farm on a 24 day round = 6.6 ha grazed/day
    3. 10,602 kgDM/day / 6.6 ha/day = 1,606 kgDM/ha
    4. Pre-graze cover required is therefore 1,606 + 1,650 = 3,256 kgDM/ha
  2. Reported APC has dropped a little, from 2463 to 2384kgDM/ha or 11 kgDM/ha/day and Pasture coach now reports a feed deficit of around 10 tDM (1 days’ worth of feed).
  3. With the demand from pasture as above of 66kgDM/ha/day and a reported growth of 66 kgDM/ha, the Average pasture cover should not have dropped through the week. This suggests that growth for the week is more likely to have been around the 55 kgDM/ha rather than the reported 66 kgDM/ha.
  4. On observation, postgrazing residuals are low and consistent, with little to no available grass left between dung / urine patches and the tops of the clumps grazed. Postgrazing covers are however plating on the high side of 1600 kgDM/ha, and even higher in some cases. Stem elongation is now obvious on observation, with no seed head visible yet. Pastures are becoming noticeably “crunchy” underfoot. Overestimation of covers at this time of year is not uncommon.

Feed Management for the coming week

  1. Milkers will continue to be fed on grass only as long as the growth through the week remains at or above demand. Having checked the upcoming weather for the week with sunny and hot days, this appears feasible.
  2. The target round length remains around 24-25 days.
  3. With the irrigation not working at 100% capacity, pasture growth rates are susceptible to decreasing soil moisture. Should this happen, then silage will be fed to maintain the target round length.
  4. Nitrogen will continue to be applied through the week following grazing.
  5. Paddock N1 has been targeted for regrassing. It will be, sprayed out early next week

Datasheet


LUDF Weekly report

17-Oct-17

24-Oct-17

31-Oct-17

7-Nov-17

14-Nov-17

Farm grazing ha (available to milkers)

160

160

160

160

160

Dry Cows on farm / East blk /Jackies/other

1/0/0/0

0/0/0/0

0/0/0/0

0/0/0/0

0/0/0/0

Culls (Includes culls put down & empties)

8

0

0

0

0

Culls total to date

18

18

18

18

18

Deaths (Includes cows put down)

0

0

0

0

0

Deaths total to date

12

12

12

12

12

Calved Cows available (Peak No 560…)

557

558

558

558

558

Treatment / Sick mob   total

4

0

1

2

3

Mastitis clinical treatment

4

0

1

2

3

Mastitis clinical YTD (tgt below 64 yr end)

27

27

28

30

33

Bulk milk SCC (tgt Avg below 150)

166

139

150

149

132

Lame new cases

3

0

3

3

4

Lame   ytd

34

34

37

40

44

Lame days YTD (Tgt below 1000 yr end)

337

337

337

456

561

Other/Colostrum

2

0

0

0

0

Milking twice a day into vat

513

522

519

519

520

Milking once a day into vat

36

36

38

37

35

Small herd

137

135

139

142

142

Main Herd

376

387

380

377

378

MS/cow/day (Actual kg / Cows into vat only)

2.12

2.09

2.16

2.14

2.14

Milk Protein/Fat ratio

0.79

0.80

0.81

0.81

0.82

Milk Fat %

4.93

4.85

4.86

4.82

4.82

Milk Protein %

3.88

3.89

3.92

3.92

3.97

MS/cow to date (total kgs / Peak Cows 560

99

114

129

143

160

MS/ha/day (total kgs / ha used

7.21

7.24

7.51

7.42

7.41

Herd Average Cond'n Score

 

4.40

4.40

 

 

Monitor grp LWkg WOW 281 early calvers

453

465

457

462

459

Soil Temp  Avg Aquaflex

12.1

12.6

13.8

15.0

13.5

Growth Rate (kgDM/ha/day)

75

89

76

92

66

Plate meter height - ave half-cms

13.8

14.6

13.8

14.0

13.5

Ave Pasture Cover  (x140 + 500)

2432

2546

2433

2463

2384

Surplus/[defict] on feed wedge- tonnes

-14

5.2

23 t

3

0

Pre Grazing cover (ave for week)

2942

3165

3150

2979

3168

Post Grazing cover (ave for week)

1650

1650

1650

1550

1550

Highest pregrazing cover

3100

3400

3150

3126

3250

Area grazed / day (ave for week)

5.42

5.87

6.73

6.72

6.61

Grazing Interval

30

27

24

24

24

Milkers Offered/grazed  kg DM pasture

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated intake pasture  MJME

 

 

 

 

 

Milkers offered  kg DM Grass silage

 

 

 

 

 

Silage MJME/cow offered

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated intake Silage  MJME

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated total intake  MJME

 

 

 

 

 

Target total MJME Offered/eaten (includes 6% waste)

 

 

 

 

 

Pasture ME (pre grazing sample)

 

12.3

12.3

12.3

 

Pasture % Protein

 

21.8

15.4

15.4

 

Pasture % DM - Concern below 16%

 

14.6

17.2

17.2

 

Pasture % NDF  Concern < 33

 

36.8

37.4

37.4

 

Mowed pre or post grazing YTD

2.8

10.4

15.9

23.0

23.0

Total area mowed YTD

2.8

20.8

36.7

46.7

46.7

Supplements fed to date kg per cow (555peak)

109.9

118.0

118.0

118.0

118.0

Supplements Made Kg DM / ha cumulative

0

0

71.25

71.25

85.87

Units N applied/ha and % of farm

40units /27%

40units /15%

40units /22%

40units /18.4%

40units /31%

Kgs N to Date (whole farm)

41

46

55

62

74

Rainfall   (mm)

8.2

2

0

0

0

Aquaflex topsoil relative to fill point target 60 - 80%

90-90

80-90

70-80

60-70

60-70

Tuesday, 7th November 2017

 

LUDF – focus for 2017/18 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, maximise 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.

Next farm walk: Tuesday 14th 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, Natalia Benquet, Chris Norton. 

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 7th November 2017

Ave Past Cover

 

2463 kgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Past Growth Rate

92* kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

23.8 days  (for 160 ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0  kgDM/cow/day

No Cows on farm

558 (total cows)

Ave Soil Temp (week)

15 ⁰C

SCC

149,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.14 kgMS

Protein / Fat

0.81

Milk Fat - 4.82%

Milk Protein - 3.92%

Herd Management

  1. All cows have calved giving the farm a total of 558 cows in milk - 519 twice-a-day milkers, and 37 once-a-day milkers (lames, sick and a small number that have a BCS of 3.5)
  2. Trace minerals, including magnesium chloride are supplemented through the stock water to all cows on the milking platform. Extra Iodine and Selenium is being added to the mix.
  3. 3 new lame cows this week and 2 new mastitis case
  4. 164 heifer replacements have been tagged so far, and all of them are outside. All have been debudded and have had a DNA sample taken. 39 of them are still being fed milk and the rest have been weaned off milk onto grass and meal as they are above 80 kgLW. 
  5. The farm continues to run 2 main herds plus the OAD herd. The small herd has around 142 first calving heifers and a few low BCS cows and the remaining animals are all in the large herd.
  6. 20 cows on BCS 3.5 were moved to the sick mob following the late September whole herd body condition scoring event and are being milked once-a-day.
  7. The average BCS for the whole herd has dropped from 4.6 in late September to 4.4 in late October, however the number of cows below CS 4 has only changed marginally - from 13 to 19. 

BCS 7 11

Mating preparation, plan and progress

  1. Yearling heifers:
    1. Bled on the 31st August for pre-mating checks on mineral status. Levels came back as adequate. They have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating.
    2. Started AI mating with Daughter proven KiwiXX (easy calving sires only), based on daily visual detection on Tuesday 10th October.
    3. On 16th October any heifers not yet mated received a single PG and were then AI mated over the next 4 days as they showed visual signs of cycling.
    4. In total, 134 (out of the 146) were AI mated in 11 days.
    5. Eight Bulls are now running with the heifers (Rotated weekly).
  2. Milkers:
    1. Milking cows were metrichecked on 6th September with 10 treated for metritis and bloods were taken. Results show that calcium, magnesium, phosphate and copper levels are okay. However selenium and iodine levels are on the low side.
    2. The herd was Metrichecked again Tuesday pm milking with a further 2 cases identified and treated.
    3. All milking cows were tail painted on Tuesday 19th September and observation of Pre-mating heats began on Wednesday the 20th September. 59 cows have shown signs of heat during week 1, 87 cows during week 2, 107 during week 3 and 150 in the final week before mating started.
    4. The InCalf target is 90% cows submitted at the end of 3 weeks of mating. 90% of 560 is 504, therefore the target is 168 cows /week or 24/day.
    5. In terms of total number of cows showing heat pre-mating, 344 cows were observed as cycling in the three weeks immediately preceding the start of mating (last week). This represents 61% of the herd having shown signs of heat before mating (target was 75%).
    6. Mating started on Wednesday 18th October
    7. After 3 weeks of AB the submission rate was 83% cf 82% last season (note mating started a week earlier this season)
  3. The mating plan for the milking herd is as follows:
    1. Week minus 1 - Kiwi-Cross Frozen Sexed semen or Forward pack (every other cow)
    2. Weeks 1-3 - Forward pack Premier Sires
    3. Week 4 - Short Gestation (SGL) Dairy or Forward pack, depending on numbers returning and therefore expected number of replacements available
    4. Week 5-6 - SGL Dairy
    5. Weeks 7-9 natural bull mating, followed by SGL in weeks 10-11 or continue with bulls in week 10.
  4. On Wednesday 25th October, 68 cows that had no signs of visible oestrus cows and that had calved greater than 42 days were drafted for veterinary examination. Thirty two cows were diagnosed as cycling and given a PG injection. Twenty four of them have since cycled and been mated.  Four cows had cysts and were treated and the rest were left to come on in their own time. Out of the 68 cows checked, 49 have now been mated.
  5. On Wednesday the 1st November, another 22 cows were put through the same process. Of these 11 received a PG injection and of them, 4 are now mated.
  6. A bulk milk sample, including peno milk, was collected for BVD testing. No BVD virus was detected so the herd remains BVD free (ie vaccination programme is keeping the herd clear)
  7. Mating progress for milking cows is as follows: 

Date

Week minus 1

18-24 Oct

Week 1

25-31 Oct

Week 2

1-7 Nov

Week 3

8-14 Nov

Week 4

15-21 Nov

Week 5

22-28 Nov

Target No Cows Mated

168 (30%)

168 (30%)

168 (30%)

 

 

 

Target Cumulative No Cows Mated

 

336 (60%)

504 (90%)

 

 

 

Actual No Cows Mated

143 (26%)

175 (31%)

149 (26%)

 

 

 

Actual Cumulative No Cows Mated

 

318 (57%)

467 (83%)

 

 

 

Growing Conditions

  1. The average 9 am soil temperature for the past week was 15°C (13.8°C last week).
  2. The farm received no rain this week.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

Temperature 7 11 

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

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

 Moisture 7 11

  1. This declining soil moisture status prompted the start of irrigation on Tuesday the 24th October on both blocks of the farm. A malfunction on the safety systems meant that the pivots were only able to irrigate for 4 days during that first week.
  2. This week, the end span of the South Pivot has now been taken off to be repaired following a malfunction. It should be fully operational again by the end of the week. The end gun of the north pivot continues to provide ongoing R&M challenges. There has been 4 days of irrigation in the North block and 5 days of irrigation in the South block.

Pasture and Feed Management

  1. Nitrogen fertiliser in the form of urea has been applied to 29.5 ha at a rate of 40 kgN/ha (except in the effluent area where no further fertiliser N will be applied).
  2. The total average Nitrogen application to date across the whole farm is 62kgN/ha
  3. No silage was required through the week.
  4. Milking cows are now achieving targeted residuals.
  5. Paddock S10 is being mown for silage today. It has been reported as harvested in the feed wedge below.
  6. Paddock S9 (7.09 ha) was mowed behind the herd. This was one of those paddocks identified for tidying up after the wet spring.
  7. APC is 2463kgDM/ha and growth rate calculated as 92kgDM/ha/day. 

  Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

wedge 7 11 

  1. The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 558 cows eating 19 kgDM/cow/day = 10,602 kgDM/day or 66 kgDM/ha/day)
    2. We want to graze the farm on a 24 day round = 6.6 ha grazed/day
    3. 10,602 kgDM/day / 6.6 ha/day = 1,606 kgDM/ha
    4. Pre-graze cover required is therefore 1,606 + 1,650 = 3,256 kgDM/ha
  2. Reported APC has risen a little, from 2433 to 2463 kgDM/ha or 4 kgDM/ha/day. With the demand from pasture as above of 66kgDM/ha/day and an increase in APC equivalent to 4kgDM/ha/day this implies total demand of 70kgDM/ha/day (excluding the silage to be harvested from S10).
  3. The calculated growth rate from changes in paddock yields since last week - and reported in the feedwedge above is 92 kgDM/ha/day. As total demand is 70, this suggests a surplus of 22kgDM/ha/day.
  4. A surplus of 22kgDM/ha/day x 160 ha x 7 days = 24.6 tDM
  5. Last week S10 was estimated as 2950kgDM/ha. At a growth rate of 92kgDM/ha/day, this would have increased to nearly 3600kgDM/ha. Harvesting to 1600kgDM/ha will yield 2000kgDM/ha, and at 10 ha, this accounts for 20 tDM of the estimated 24.6 tDM surplus.
  6. The growth rate of 92kgDM/ha is therefore probably a little overstated, based on the surplus and estimated demand.
  7. On observation, postgrazing residuals are low and consistent, with little to no available grass left between dung / urine patches and the tops of the clumps grazed. Postgrazing covers are however plating on the high side of 1600 kgDM/ha, and even higher in some cases. With seed head starting to push through at this time of year, overestimation of covers is not uncommon.

Feeding management for the coming week

  1. Milkers will continue to be fed on grass only as long as the growth through the week remains at or above demand.
  2. The target round length remains around 25 days.
  3. With the irrigation not working at 100% capacity, pasture growth rates are susceptible to decreasing soil moisture. Should this happen, then silage will be fed to maintain the target round length.
  4. Nitrogen will continue to be applied through the week following grazing. 

Datasheet

LUDF Weekly report

10-Oct-17

17-Oct-17

24-Oct-17

31-Oct-17

7-Nov-17

Farm grazing ha (available to milkers)

160

160

160

160

160

Dry Cows on farm / East blk /Jackies/other

11/0/0/0

1/0/0/0

0/0/0/0

0/0/0/0

0/0/0/0

Culls (Includes culls put down & empties)

0

8

0

0

0

Culls total to date

10

18

18

18

18

Deaths (Includes cows put down)

0

0

0

0

0

Deaths total to date

12

12

12

12

12

Calved Cows available (Peak No 560…)

553

557

558

558

558

Treatment / Sick mob   total

2

4

0

1

2

Mastitis clinical treatment

2

4

0

1

2

Mastitis clinical YTD (tgt below 64 yr end)

23

27

27

28

30

Bulk milk SCC (tgt Avg below 150)

174

166

139

150

0

Lame new cases

4

3

3

4

3

Lame   ytd

31

34

37

41

40

Lame days YTD (Tgt below 1000 yr end)

267

337

337

337

456

Other/Colostrum

3

2

0

0

0

Milking twice a day into vat

511

513

522

519

519

Milking once a day into vat

32

36

36

38

37

Small herd

139

137

135

139

142

Main Herd

374

376

387

380

377

MS/cow/day (Actual kg / Cows into vat only)

2.11

2.12

2.09

2.16

2.14

Milk Protein/Fat ratio

0.81

0.79

0.80

0.81

0.81

Milk Fat %

4.83

4.93

4.85

4.86

4.82

Milk Protein %

3.91

3.88

3.89

3.92

3.92

MS/cow to date (total kgs / Peak Cows 560

83

99

114

129

143

MS/ha/day (total kgs / ha used

6.99

7.21

7.24

7.51

7.42

Herd Average Cond'n Score

 

 

 

 

 

Monitor grp LWkg WOW 281 early calvers

457

453

456

457

462

Soil Temp  Avg Aquaflex

11.6

12.1

12.6

13.8

15.0

Growth Rate (kgDM/ha/day)

58

75

89

76

92

Plate meter height - ave half-cms

12.7

13.8

14.6

13.8

14.0

Ave Pasture Cover  (x140 + 500)

2272

2432

2546

2433

2463

Surplus/[defict] on feed wedge- tonnes

0

0

0

23 t

3

Pre Grazing cover (ave for week)

3098

2942

3165

3150

2979

Post Grazing cover (ave for week)

1650

1650

1650

1650

1550

Highest pregrazing cover

3150

3100

3400

3150

3126

Area grazed / day (ave for week)

6.25

5.42

5.87

6.73

6.72

Grazing Interval

26

30

27

24

24

Milkers Offered/grazed  kg DM pasture

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated intake pasture  MJME

 

 

 

 

 

Milkers offered  kg DM Grass silage

 

 

 

 

 

Silage MJME/cow offered

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated intake Silage  MJME

 

 

 

 

 

Estimated total intake  MJME

 

 

 

 

 

Target total MJME Offered/eaten (includes 6% waste)

 

 

 

 

 

Pasture ME (pre grazing sample)

12.4

 

 

 

12.3

Pasture % Protein

22.1

 

 

 

15.4

Pasture % DM - Concern below 16%

16.4

 

 

 

17.2

Pasture % NDF  Concern < 33

35.3

 

 

 

37.4

Mowed pre or post grazing YTD

 

2.8

10.4

15.9

23.0

Total area mowed YTD

 

 

0.0

36.7

46.7

Supplements fed to date kg per cow (555peak)

90.8

109.9

118.0

118.0

118.0

Supplements Made Kg DM / ha cumulative

 

 

 

71.25

71.25

Units N applied/ha and % of farm

25units /

31%

40units /

27%

40units /

15%

40units / 22%

40units / 18.4%

Kgs N to Date (whole farm)

31

41

46

55

62

Rainfall   (mm)

48.8

8.2

2

0

0

Aquaflex topsoil relative to fill point target 60 - 80%

90-100

90-90

0

70-80

60-70

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