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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 15 September 2020

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

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

1.     Monitor average pasture cover and shape of the wedge on the milking platform to meet planned cover through first grazing round (using the spring rotation plan).
2.     Turn attention to mating management (monitoring pre-mating heats).
3.     Set up irrigation

Key points:

Growth 52 KgDM
Farm cover 2401
535 cows calved
12.2 mils of rain over the last week
1.64 KG DM fed per cow per day

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 15th September 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2401 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

52 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

40(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

1.64 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

535

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.7 ⁰C

SCC

149,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.13 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.79

Milk Fat – 4.91

Milk Protein -3.88

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  1. There are 535 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 27 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  3. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  4. BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 31st 4.65 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 15.9.20BCS2 15.9.20  

 

Mating Preparedness

  1. Yearling heifers have received B-12 plus selenium and copper bullet plus drench and BVD vaccine in preparedness for mating
  2. This year we will be running bulls with our yearling heifers. There will be no Ai over the heifers this year as where they are currently grazing is over an hour away from the farm.
  3. Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19th August, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis
  4. bloods were taken from a random selection of 10 cows and will be analysed in preparation for mating. We are adding extra selenium and iodine through the dosatron to increase levels for mating.
  5. all milking cows have been tail painted on Monday 14th September pre mating heats will be recorded weekly.

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.7 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 15.9.20

  

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

soil moisture 15.9.20

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 12.2 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 15.9.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2401 kgDM/ha
  • Our first round will finish on the 19th September
  • The pregrazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    •  560 cows eating 18.5 kgDM/cow/day = 10,080 kgDM/day or 63 kgDM/Ha/day)
    • We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    • 10,080 kgDM/day / 6.4 ha/day = 1,575 kgDM
    • Pre-graze cover = 1,575 + 1500 = 3075 kgDM/ha.
  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • AMMO 31 has been applied to 38.6 Ha at a rate 80 Kg/Ha over the last week.
  •  Gibberellic acid has been applied to 30.6 Ha plus 8 Kg of liquid N in the mix.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring cover 15.9.20 

  • We are following our Spring Rotation planner to make sure we allocate a fixed area of pasture per week – so that we don’t reach the end of our first grazing rotation before ‘balance date’ (when supply of pasture grown matches the expected demand of pasture by the herd at peak lactation

 supplemnts 15.9.20

 

 post apc 15.9.20

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 535 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass and silage

Tuesday 8 September 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

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

Key points:

Growth 38 KgDM
Farm cover 2363
516 cows calved
6.8 mils of rain over the last week
1.62 KG DM fed per cow per day 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 8th August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2363 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

38 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

48(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

1.62 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

516

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.6 ⁰C

SCC

133,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.01 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.78

Milk Fat – 4.90

Milk Protein -3.84

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager 

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

Herd Management

  • There are 516 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 23 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  • freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19thAugust, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 31st 4.65 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 8.9.20BCS2 8.9.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.6 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 8.9.20

 

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

soil moisture 8.9.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 6.8 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 8.9.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2363 kgDM/ha
  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • AMMO 31 has been applied to 37.54 Ha at a rate 80 Kg/Ha over the last week.
  •  Gibberellic acid has been applied to 26.67 Ha plus 8 Kg of liquid N in the mix.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

Spring cover track 8.9.20  

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

supplements 8.9.20

pre and post grazing 8.9.20

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 516 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass and silage

Tuesday 1 September 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

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

 

Key points:

Growth 30 KgDM
Farm cover 2370
483 cows calved
7.2 mils of rain over the last week
2.4 KG DM fed per cow per day

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 1st August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2370 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

26 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

58(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

2.4 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

483

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.2 ⁰C

SCC

118,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

2.01 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.78

Milk Fat – 5.01

Milk Protein -3.93

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  • There are 483 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • We are now running 2 herds’ .All first calvers and 23 lighter BCs cows make up the small herd and all other cows are in the big herd.
  • Freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • Milkers were Metrichecked Wednesday 19th August, 20 were treated (4.1%) for metritis
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 31st 4.65 average BCS below are the graphs.

bcs1 1.9.20

bcs2 1.9.20 

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.2 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

temp 1.9.20

 

 

 

 

 

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

moisture 1.9.20

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

3.     The farm received 7.2 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

1.9.20 feed wedge  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2370 kgDM/ha
  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • AMMO 31 has been applied to 20.2 Ha at a rate 80 Kg/Ha .
  •  Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring cover 1.9.20  

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

supplements 1.9.20 Pre and post grazing and APC 1.9.20 

 

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 450 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass and silage

Tuesday 25 August 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

Critical issues for the short term

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

 

Key points:

Growth 26 KgDM
Farm cover 2455
450 cows calved
3.6 mils of rain over the last week
2.27 KG DM fed per cow per day

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 25th August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2455 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

26 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

58(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

2.27 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

450

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.6 ⁰C

SCC

151,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.91 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.79

Milk Fat – 5.05

Milk Protein -3.97

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager 

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

 

Herd Management

  • There are 450 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • 140 heifers and all the cows that have returned home have been BCS on returning from grazing Top graph represents R2 heifers, Bottom graph represents mature cows.

 25.8.20 bcs25.8.20 bcs1

 

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.6 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

25.8.20 soil temp

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

25.8.20 soil moisture 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 3.6 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 25.8.20

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2455 kgDM/ha
  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

 spring tracker 25.8.20

 

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

supplements 25.8.20

  

25..8.20 pre + post grazing

Feeding Management for the coming month

  • We currently have 450 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass and silage

Tuesday 18 August 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

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

Key points:

Growth 17 KgDM
Farm cover 2480
412 cows calved
No rain over the last week

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 18th August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2480 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

17 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

58(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

412

Ave Soil Temp (week)

6.1 ⁰C

SCC

177,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.86 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.79

Milk Fat – 5.21

Milk Protein -4.09


Next Farm Walk – 25th August Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 
 
Peter Hancox, Farm Manager
 
Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

 

Herd Management

  • There are 412 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block and later calving cows have now returned and are grazing on our lease block nearby .
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • 140 heifers and all the cows that have returned home have been BCS on returning from grazing Top graph represents R2 heifers, Bottom graph represents mature cows.

BCS 18.8.20

BCS2 18.8.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 6.1 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

Soil temp 18.8.20

 

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

soil moisture 18.8.20

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 18.8.20

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2480 kgDM/ha
  • Utilisation of feed has been very good with the very dry ground conditions
  • Silage will be fed over the next week to help us stay on target with our spring rotation planner.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day .Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring tracker 18.8.20

 

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

supplements 18.8.20

 

pre and post grazing APC

Feed Management for Coming Months

  • We currently have 412 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass and silage

Tuesday 11 August 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

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

 

Key points:

Growth 25 KgDM
Farm cover 2558
339 cows calved
0.8 mils of rain over the last week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 11th August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2558 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

25 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

71(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

339

Ave Soil Temp (week)

7.8 ⁰C

SCC

191,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.76 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.79

Milk Fat – 5.32

Milk Protein -4.19

 

Next Farm Walk – 18th August Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 
 
Peter Hancox, Farm Manager
 
Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

Herd Management

  1. There are 339 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  2. freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g lime flour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  3. Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  4. Springers are on East Block and later calving cows have now returned and are grazing on our lease block nearby.
  5. All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  6. 140 heifers and all the cows that have returned home have been BCS on returning from grazing Top graph represents R2 heifers, Bottom graph represents mature cows.

11.8.20 bcs1

11.8.20 bcs2

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 7.8 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks 

soil temp 11.8.20

 

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

soil moist 11.8.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 0.8 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 11.8.20 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2558 kgDM/ha
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day .Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

 spring tracker 11.8.20

 

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

 supplements 11.8.20

 

 

 

Feed Management for the Coming Month

  1. We currently have 242 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  2. Milkers will be fully fed on grass

Tuesday 4 August 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

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

Key points:

Growth 20 KgDM
Farm cover 2549
249 cows calved
No rain over the last week

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 4th August 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2549 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

20 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

152(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

242

Ave Soil Temp (week)

7.8 ⁰C

SCC

208

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.6 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 5.38

Milk Protein -4.30

 

Next Farm Walk – 11th August Farmers or their managers and staff are always welcome to walk with us. 
 
Peter Hancox, Farm Manager
 
Please note – All visitors to the farm are now required to use boot washing facilities and disinfectant mat on arrival (and recommended to use on departure).

Herd Management

  • There are 242 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • Freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g lime flour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block and later calving cows have now returned and are grazing on our lease block near by.
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • 140 heifers and all the cows that have returned home have been BCS on returning from grazing Top graph represents R2 heifers , the bottom graph represents mature cows.

bcs14.8.20bcs2 4.8.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 7.8 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 5.8.20  

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

soil moisture 5.8.20 

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 5.8.20

  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2549 kgDM/ha
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day. Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring tracker 5.8.20 

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

 supplements 5.8.20 

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 242 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fully fed on grass

Tuesday 28 July 2020

LUDF – focus for 2020/21 Season: Nil-Infrastructure, low input, low N-loss, optimise profit.

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

 

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

Key points:

  • Growth past 3 weeks 10 KgDM
  • Farm cover 2510
  • 159 cows calved

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 28th July 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2510 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

10 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

235(for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

159

Ave Soil Temp (week)

5.4 ⁰C

SCC

269

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.65 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.72

Milk Fat – 5.07

Milk Protein -4.11

Herd Management

  • There are 159 calved cows and heifers on the milking platform.
  • freshly calved colostrum cows are receiving pasture dusted with 100g limeflour, and are getting Mag chloride through the water and no supplementary feeds
  • Springers are being fed 6kg pasture and 6 Kg of silage with 100g of magnesium sulphate dusted on their daily silage and are getting Mag chloride through the water.
  • Springers are on East Block and later calving cows are still at winter grazing.
  • All cows have received a B12 plus selenium jab on returning from winter grazing
  • There have been 3 cows treated for milk fever
  • 140 heifers and all the cows that have returned home have been BCS on returning from grazing Top graph represents R2 heifers, bottom graph represents mature cows.

bcs1 28.7.2020

bcs 2 28.7.2020

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 5.4 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 28.7.2o  

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

soil moisture 28.7.20 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 3.8 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 28.7.20  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2510 kgDM/ha
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 3 months. The farm deliberately finished last season with an Average Pasture Cover of approximately 1900kgDM/ha which is lower than previous seasons. This was in anticipation of similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day . Actual winter growth per day 10.2 kgDM/ha/day

spring cover 28.7.20 

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

 calving 28.7.20 

Feeding Management

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

Tuesday 26 May 2020

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

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

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

Key points:

Growth 24 KgDM
Farm cover 1930
Round length 27 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over2 days last week
All cows are on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.06 Kg MS
407 cows in milk
BCS 4.9
14.2 mils of rain for the week

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 26th May 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

1930 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

24 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

27 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

1 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

441

Ave Soil Temp (week)

8.8⁰C

SCC

207,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.06 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 6.75

Milk Protein – 5.37

 

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 407 cows in milk.
  • 97 culls left the farm on April 15th, 86 empties 9 Johnees cows and 2 low producing culls.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking.
  • We had another 9 empties at our last scan. These will be culled next week
  • 34 cows have now been dried off 3 on BCS and 23 on low production and 8 on lameness.
  • Heifers have been moved to contract grazing on the 1st May
  • R2 heifers were teat sealed on the 11th May. They were weighed drenched and received a B-12 plus selenium on the 7th May.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Tuesday 19th May, 4.9 average BCS. This data along with calving date will determine which group cows will be wintered in this winter. Where we normally winter our cows is a dry land block and with the very dry autumn this block will not be able to support all our cows this winter .180 cows will be wintered on Kale and straw at Sheffield. These will be made up of cows calving after 10 August. The rest of the cows will be wintered at our normal winter block in 3 different mobs  Fats who will be offered a diet of 7 green and 3 of silage, Mids who will be offered a diet of 11 green and 3 of silage and lights who will be offered a diet of 13 green and 3 of silage.
  • All cows will be dried off on Thursday 28th and go to their winter grazing.

bcs1 26.5.20bcs2 26.5.20bcs3 26.5.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 8.8°C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 26.5.20 

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

soil moist 26.5.20

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 14.2 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

feed wedge 26.5.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 1930kgDM/ha.
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. To reach target cover of 1900 at 31st May todays average cover needs to be 1967
    2. 1967-1500=467
    3. 467+1967=2424
  • Round length last week was 27 days.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week for 2 days to help hold round length
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

spring cover 26.5.20

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 441 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass.

 

Tuesday 19 May 2020

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

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

 

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

 

Key points:

Growth 34 KgDM
Farm cover 2231
Round length 31 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
All cows are on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.16 Kg MS
410 cows in milk
BCS 4.9
.6 mils of rain for the week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 19th May 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2231KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

34 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

31 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.3 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

441

Ave Soil Temp (week)

9.5⁰C

SCC

199,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.16 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 6.56

Milk Protein – 5.33

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 410 cows in milk.
  • 97 culls left the farm last Wednesday 15th,86 empties 9 Johnees cows and 2 low producing culls.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking .
  • 31 cows have now been dried off 3 on BCS and 23 on low production and 5 on lameness.
  • Heifers have been moved to contract grazing on the 1st May
  • R2 heifers were teat sealed on the 11th May .They were weighed drenched and received a B-12 plus selenium on the 7th May.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Tuesday 19th May, 4.9 average BCS . This data along with calving date will determine which group cows will be wintered in this winter. Where we normally winter our cows is a dry land block and with the very dry autumn this block will not be able to support all our cows this winter .180 cows will be wintered on Kale and straw at Sheffield. These will be made up of cows calving after 10 August. The rest of the cows will be wintered at our normal winter block in 3 different mobs  Fats who will be offered a diet of 7 green and 3 of silage, Mids who will be offered a diet of 11 green and 3 of silage and lights who will be offered a diet of 13 green and 3 of silage.

 BCS1 20.5.20BCS2 20.5.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 9.5°C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 20.5.20

 

 

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

soil moist 20.5.20

 

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received .6 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed wedge 20.5.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2087kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 441 cows eating 15 kgDM/cow/day = 6615 kgDM/day or 41 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing 38 ha of the farm 29.5 day round = 5.42ha grazed/day
    3. 6615 kgDM/day / 5.42 ha/day = 1220 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1220 + 1500 = 2720 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 31 days. Over the next week round length will be quicker so as we achieve our target cover of 1900 at dry off.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 4.3 Kg DM per cow per day.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

20.5.20 spring rotation

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 441 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and silage.

Pasture Assessment Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover - Plate Meter May 19 2020 vs SPACE May 17 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

plate vs space 19.5.20

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date - Click Here To Download PDF

19.5.20 pasture cover season to date

Tuesday 12 May 2020

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

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

 

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

 

Key points:

Growth 34 KgDM
Farm cover 2231
Round length 37 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
All cows have now been put on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.22 Kg MS
424 cows in milk
3.6 mils of rain for the week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 12thMay 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2231KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

34 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

37 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

3.6 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

441

Ave Soil Temp (week)

10.5⁰C

SCC

159,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.16 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 6.47

Milk Protein – 5.25

 

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

 

Herd Management

  • There are 424 cows in milk.
  • 97 culls left the farm April 15th,86 empties 9 Johnees cows and 2 low producing culls.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking.
  • 17 cows have now been dried off 3 on BCS and 14 on low production and 1 on lameness.
  • Heifers have been moved to contract grazing on the 1st May
  • R2 heifers were teat sealed on the 11th May. They were weighed drenched and received a B-12 plus selenium on the 7th May.
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th March, 4.5 average BCS.

12.5.20 BCS112.5.20 BCS2

Growing Condition

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 10.5°C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

12.5.20 soil temp

 

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

12.5.20 soil moisture

 

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 3.6 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 Feed wedge 12.5.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2245kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 441 cows eating 16 kgDM/cow/day = 7056 kgDM/day or 44 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 35 day round = 4.57ha grazed/day
    3. 7056 kgDM/day / 4.57 ha/day = 1,543 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1543 + 1500 = 3043 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 37 days with a target of a minimum of 35 days.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 3.6 Kg DM per cow per day.
  • Below is our autumn spring tracker that we will monitor over the next 6 months. The plan is to finish the season with an Average Pasture Cover of 1900Kg DM/ha. This is anticipating similar winter growth as in recent years (and acknowledges the amount of the farm in more winter active - hybrid perennial ryegrasses). The target APC at the end of July remains at 2600kgDM/ha and requires an average growth rate over the winter of 11.5kgDM/ha/day.

 12.5.20 autumn cover

Feed Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 441 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 35 day round.

Pasture Assessment Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover - Plate Meter May 5 2020 vs SPACE May 8 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

12.5.20 plate vs space

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date - Click Here To Download PDF

12.5.20 season to date graph

Tuesday 5 May 2020

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

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

 

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

 

Key points:

Growth 40 KgDM
Farm cover 2271
Round length 45 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
All cows have now been put on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.22 Kg MS
441 cows in milk
1.8 mils of rain for the week

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 5th May 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2271KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

40 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

45 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.3 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

451

Ave Soil Temp (week)

10.9⁰C

SCC

161,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.22 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.81

Milk Fat – 6.33

Milk Protein – 5.15

 

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 441 cows in milk.
  • 97 culls left the farm last Wednesday 15th,86 empties 9 Johnees cows and 2 low producing culls.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking.
  • 10 cows have now been dried off 3 on BCS and 6 on low production and 1 on lameness.
  • Heifers have been moved to contract grazing on the 1st May
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th March, 4.5 average BCS.
    bcs1 5.5.20BCS2 5.5.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 10.9 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 5.5.20

 

 

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

soil moist 5.5.20

 

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • The farm received 1.8 mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 feed wedge 5.5.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2245kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 451 cows eating 16 kgDM/cow/day = 7216 kgDM/day or 45 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 35 day round = 4.57ha grazed/day
    3. 7216 kgDM/day / 4.57 ha/day = 1,578 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1578 + 1500 = 3078 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 45 days with a target of a minimum of 35 days.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 4.3 Kg DM per cow per day.

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 451 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 35 day round.

Pasture Assessment Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover - Plate Meter May 5 2020 vs SPACE May 8 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

plate vs space 5.5.20

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date - Click Here To Download PDF

pasture cover season to date

Tuesday 28 April 2020

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

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

Critical issues for the short term

  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management
  3. Staff wellbeing .
  4. Extremely high measures of hygiene 

Key points:

Growth 36 KgDM
Farm cover 2254
Round length 46 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
All cows have now been put on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.32 Kg MS
444 cows in milk
No rain for the week
Pivots started up for 2 days

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 28th April 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2254 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

36kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

46 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.57 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

451

Ave Soil Temp (week)

11⁰C

SCC

147,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.32 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 6.49

Milk Protein – 5.21

 

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS 

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 444 cows in milk.
  • 97 culls left the farm last Wednesday 15th,86 empties 9 Johnees cows and 2 low producing culls.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking.
  • 7 cows have now been dried off 3 on BCS and 4 on low production.
  • Heifers have been moved to some temporary grazing until they go out contract grazing on the 1st March
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th March, 4.5 average BCS.

 bcs 28.4.20

bcs2 28.4.20

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

28.4.20 soil temp

  

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

28.4.20 soil moist 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • We have started and run all our pivots for 2 days because of the very dry conditions.
  • The farm received no rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

28.4.20 feed wedge

 

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2245kgDM/ha.
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 451 cows eating 16 kgDM/cow/day = 7216 kgDM/day or 45 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 35 day round = 4.57ha grazed/day
    3. 7216 kgDM/day / 4.57 ha/day = 1,578 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1578 + 1500 = 3078 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 46 days with a target of a minimum of 35 days.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 4.57Kg DM per cow per day.

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

  • We currently have 451 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 35 day round.

 

Pasture Assessment Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover - Plate Meter April 28 2020 vs SPACE April 29 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

palate vs space 28.4.20

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date - Click Here To Download PDF

pasture season to date graph 28.4.20

 

Tuesday 21 April 2020

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

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

 Critical issues for the short term

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

Key points:
Growth 42 KgDM
Farm cover 2245
Round length 37 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
All cows have now been put on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.35 Kg MS
8 mils of rain for the week
444 cows in milk

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 21stApril 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2245 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

42kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

37 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

5.36 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

451

Ave Soil Temp (week)

10.8⁰C

SCC

145,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.35 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 6.48

Milk Protein – 5.16

 

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS
Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

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

Herd Management

  • There are 444 cows in milk.
  • 97 culls left the farm last Wednesday 15th,86 empties 9 Johnees cows and 2 low producing culls.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods have been taken from these and tested for Johnees. Results came back as negative
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th. They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • Heifers were weighed last Thursday 30th January and were given their 2nd BVD Vaccine and were given B12 plus selenium
  • Heifers have been moved to some temporary grazing until they go out to contract grazing on the 1st March
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th March, 4.5 average BCS.

22.4.20 bcs122.4.20 bcs2

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 10.8 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks 

soil temp 22.4.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

21.4.20 soil moist

 

 

  • This week’s graph represents the reading from the North Block moisture meters.
  • No irrigation over the last week. There will be no more irrigation this season.
  • The farm received 8mils of rain over the last week.

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 feed wedge 21.4.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2245kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 451 cows eating 17 kgDM/cow/day = 7667 kgDM/day or 48 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 35 day round = 4.57ha grazed/day
    3. 7667 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1,677 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1677 + 1500 = 3177 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 36 days with a target of a minimum of 35 days.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 5.36Kg DM per cow per day.

Feeding Management

  • We currently have 451 cows grazing on the milking platform.
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 35 day round.

Pasture Assessment Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover - Plate Meter April 21 2020 vs SPACE April 19 2020 - No C-Dax data available this week

plate vs space 21.4.2.0

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date - Click Here To Download PDF

pasture cover season to date 22.4.20

Tuesday 14 April 2020

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

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

 

Critical issues for the short term

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

Key points:

Growth 45 KgDM
Farm cover 2257
Round length 36 days off 160 Ha
Silage fed over last week
All cows have now been put on once a day milking
Cows averaged 1.26 Kg MS
No rain for the week
542 cows in milk
96 culls going tomorrow

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 14th April 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2257 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

45kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

36 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

6.73 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

13.2⁰C

SCC

154,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.26 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.78

Milk Fat – 6.28

Milk Protein – 4.92

 

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 542 cows in milk.
  • 96 culls will be leaving the farm tomorrow 86 empties 8 Johnees cows and 2 low producing culls.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on 2nd March. Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.139 cows will be drafted on Thursday and will receive preventative trimming of their feet.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods have been taken from these and tested for Johnees. Results came back as negative
  • All in milk cows have been tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our herd test on the 12th March. As a result of this test 8 came back as positive. These will be culled
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th. They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • Heifers were weighed last Thursday 30th January and were given their 2nd BVD Vaccine and were given B12 plus selenium
  • Heifers have been moved to some temporary grazing until they go out contract grazing on the 1st March
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th March, 4.5 average BCS .

BCS1 14.4.20BCS2 14.4.20

Growing Conditions

  • The average 9 am soil temperature this week has been 13.2 °C.

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 soil temp 14.4.20

 

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

 soil moist 14.4.20

 

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 feed wedge 14.4.20 

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2257kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 451 cows eating 17 kgDM/cow/day = 7667 kgDM/day or 48 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 30 day round = 5.33ha grazed/day
    3. 7667 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1,438 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1438 + 1500 = 2938 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 36 days with a target of a minimum of 35 days.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 6.73Kg DM per cow per day.

Feeding Management for the Coming Month

  • We currently have 547 cows grazing on the milking platform.451 from tomorrow
  • Milkers will be fed on grass and silage to ensure we maintain a minimum 35 day round.

Pasture Assessment Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover April 14 2020 - No C-Dax or SPACE data available this week

plate meter 14.4.20

Figure 2 - Average Weekly Pasture Cover - Season To Date - Click Here To Download PDF

season cover to date

Tuesday 7 April 2020

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

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

 

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

 Key points:

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

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 7thApril 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2203 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

53kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

34 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

5.86 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14⁰C

SCC

112,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.51 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.78

Milk Fat – 6.03

Milk Protein – 4.72

 

FARM WALKS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED TO VISITORS

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 542 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on 2nd March. Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.
  • All cows have now been put on once a day milking. We have had to do this as we have not been able to get rid of our culls and will probably have them on farm for at least another couple of weeks.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods have been taken from these and tested for Johnees. Results came back as negative
  • All in milk cows have been tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our herd test on the 12th March. As a result of this test 7 came back as positive. These will be culled
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th. They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • Heifers were weighed last Thursday 30th January and were given their 2nd BVD Vaccine and were given B12 plus selenium
  • Heifers have been moved to some temporary grazing until they go out contract grazing on the 1st March
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th March, 4.5 average BCS.

BCS1 7.4.20BCS2 7.4.20

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

Soil moisture temp 7.4.20

 

 

  

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

soil moisture 7.4.20

 

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed wedge 7.4.20

 

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

feed wedg 2 7.4.20

  • This is what our demand would be if we were able to get rid of culls as we had planned. The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 447 cows eating 17 kgDM/cow/day = 7599 kgDM/day or 47 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 30 day round = 5.33ha grazed/day
    3. 7599 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1,425kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1754 + 1500 = 2925kgDM/ha
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 5.86Kg DM per cow per day.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .
  • Paddock N-3 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into available area and has now had 3 grazing’s.
  • Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 28th January . Mix was Trojan ,Shogun plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha.
  • Paddock S-6 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and has had two grazing’s.

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

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

Pasture Assessment Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover April 7 2020 - No C-Dax or SPACE data available this week

7.4.20 pasture graph

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

7.4.20 pasture cover to date

Pasture Assessment Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

Figure 1 - Pasture Cover April 7 2020 - No C-Dax or SPACE data available this week

7.4.20 pasture graph

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

7.4.20 pasture cover to date

Tuesday 31 March 2020

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

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

 

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

 

Key points:

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

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 31st March 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2171 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

45kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

27 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

6.9 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

13⁰C

SCC

100,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.63 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 5.93

Milk Protein – 4.72

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

Peter Hancox, Farm Manager

Herd Management

  • There are 542 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on 2nd March. Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 130 cows in the small herd now. After the lastest BCS another 13 cows have now been put on once a day milking
  • Using the information from BCS done on the 2nd March we have put some light condition score early calving cows on once a day. This will allow them to at least maintain weight and keep them in milk until the end of lactation.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods have been taken from these and tested for Johnees. Results came back as negative
  • All in milk cows have been tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our herd test on the 12th March. As a result of this test 7 came back as positive. These will be culled
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th . They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot (of 2) of BVD vaccine.
  • Heifers were weighed last Thursday 30th January and were given their 2nd BVD Vaccine and were given B12 plus selenium
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 30th March, 4.5 average BCS.

BCS1 31.3.20

bcs2 31.3.20

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

Soil temp 31.3.20 

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

soil moisture 31.3.20  

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 Feed wedge 31.3.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2171kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 547 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9846 kgDM/day or 61.5 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a minimum of 30 day round = 5.33ha grazed/day
    3. 9846 kgDM/day / 5.33 ha/day = 1,541 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1847 + 1500 = 3347 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 27 days with a target of 30 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 6.9Kg DM per cow per day.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re-grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th of December. Mix was Trojan, Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha.
  • Paddock N-3 had a post-emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th of January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into the available area and has now had 3 grazings.
  • Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for re-grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 28th January. Mix was Trojan ,Shogun plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha.
  • Paddock S-6 had a post-emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and has had two grazings.

Feeding Management for the Coming Months

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

Pasture Monitoring Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

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

pasture cover graph 31.3.20

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

31.3.20 average cover to date

Tuesday 24 March 2020

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

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

 

Critical issues for the short term
  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

Key points:

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

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 24th March 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2283 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

52kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

27 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.9 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

14.8⁰C

SCC

107,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.63 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.80

Milk Fat – 5.72

Milk Protein - 4.60

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

 

 

Herd Management

  • There are 542 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on 2nd March. Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 130 cows in the small herd now.
  • Using the information from BCS done on the 2nd March we have put some light condition score early calving cows on once a day. This will allow them to at least maintain weight and keep them in milk until the end of lactation.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods have been taken from these and tested for Johnees.
  • All in milk cows have been tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our herd test on the 12th March
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th. They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • Heifers were weighed last Thursday 30th January and were given their 2nd BVD Vaccine and were given B12 plus selenium
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 2nd March, 4.4 average BCS.

BCS1 24.3.20BCS2 24.3.20

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

Soil temp 24.3.20

 

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

soil moisture 24.3.20

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

 

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

Feed wedge 24.3.20

 

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2283 kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 547 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9846 kgDM/day or 61.5 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 26 day round = 6.17 ha grazed/day
    3. 9846 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,541 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,541 + 1500 = 3041 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 27 days with a target of 30 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 4.9Kg DM per cow per day.
  • No mowing over the last week.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for regrassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .
  • Paddock N-3 had a post-emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th of January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into available area and has now had 3 grazings.
  • Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for regrassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 28th January . Mix was Trojan ,Shogun plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha.
  • Paddock S-6 had a post-emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and has had two grazings.

Feeding Management for the coming month:

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

Pasture Monitoring Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

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

24.3.20 plate vs space

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

24.3.20 average cover

Tuesday 17 March 2020

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

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

 

Critical issues for the short term
  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 Key points:

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

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 17th March 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2323 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

65 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

26 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

4.3 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.3⁰C

SCC

93,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.67 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 5.52

Milk Protein - 4.39

 

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

Herd Management

  • There are 544 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on 2nd March. Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 130 cows in the small herd now.
  • Using the information from BCS done on the 2nd March we have put some light condition score early calving cows on once a day. This will allow them to at least maintain weight and keep them in milk till the end of lactation.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods have been taken from these and tested for Johnees.
  • All in milk cows have been tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our herd test on the 12th March
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th .They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • Heifers were weighed last Thursday 30th January and were given their 2nd BVD Vaccine and were given B12 plus selenium
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 2nd March, 4.4 average BCS .

BCS1 17.3.20

BCS2 17.3.20

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

 soil temp 17.3.20

 

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

 soil moist 17.3.20

 

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 Feed wedge 17.3.20

  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2323 kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 547 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9846 kgDM/day or 61.5 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 26 day round = 6.17 ha grazed/day
    3. 9846 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,541 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,541 + 1500 = 3041 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 26 days with a target of 27 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 4.3Kg DM per cow per day.
  • No mowing over the last week.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .
  • Paddock N-3 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into available area and has now had 3 grazing’s.
  • Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 28th January . Mix was Trojan ,Shogun plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha.
  • Paddock S-6 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and has had its first grazing.

Feeding Management for the coming month:

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

Pasture Monitoring Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

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

17.3.20 pasture cover

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

17.3.20 season to date

Tuesday 10 March 2020

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

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

 

Critical issues for the short term
  1. Managing average pasture cover / cow intakes / residuals as pastures start going to seed
  2. Monitor Soil moisture and irrigate accordingly
  3. Start setting the farm and herd up for next season with round length and BCS monitoring and management

 

Key points:

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

 

Key Numbers - week ending Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Ave Past Cover

 

2324 KgDM/ha

(Rising Plate Meter)

Pasture Growth Rate

65 kgDM (Rising Plate Meter)

Round length

24 (for 160ha)

Ave Supplement used (Milking cows)

3.0 kgDM/ milking cow/day

No Cows on farm

547

Ave Soil Temp (week)

16.3⁰C

SCC

90,000

Ave kgMS/cow/day (cows in vat)

1.66 kgMS

Protein / Fat

.82

Milk Fat – 5.52

Milk Protein - 4.39

Herd Management

  • There are 544 cows in milk.
  • 86 cows were drafted and received preventative trimming of their feet on Monday .Another group will be identified and drafted mid-April.
  • The small herd has been rearranged into low body condition score cows that are calving early next season. There are 130 cows in the small herd now.
  • Using the information from BCS done on the 2nd March we have put some light condition score early calving cows on once a day. This will allow them to at least maintain weight and keep them in milk till the end of lactation.
  • Three cows that were BCS as being very light have been dried off. Bloods will be taken from these and tested for Johnees.
  • All in milk cows will be tested for Johnees by milk sampling at our next herd test on the 12th March
  • All heifer replacement calves have been vaccinated with a 7-in-1, received a copper bullet, and were given B-12 plus selenium and were drenched on November 20th .They received their follow up booster shot of 7 in 1 on the 19th December and also were given their first shot of 2 of BVD.
  • Heifers were weighed last Thursday 30th January and were given their 2nd BVD Vaccine and were given B12 plus selenium
  • BCS of cows in milk was done on Monday 2nd March, 4.4 average BCS .

BCS1 10.03.20

BCS2 10.03.20

Growing Conditions

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

Figure 1: Soil temperature history for the last 2 weeks

soil temp 10.03.20

 

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

 soil moisture 10.03.20

 

 

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

Pasture and Feed Management

Figure 3: This week’s feed wedge

 Feed wedge1 10.03.20

  

  • Average Pasture Cover is 2324 kgDM/ha .
  • The pre-grazing required for the demand line is calculated as follows:
    1. 547 cows eating 18 kgDM/cow/day = 9846 kgDM/day or 61.5 kgDM/Ha/day)
    2. We will be grazing the farm on a 25 day round = 6.4 ha grazed/day
    3. 9846 kgDM/day / 6.1 ha/day = 1,541 kgDM
    4. Pre-graze cover = 1,541 + 1500 = 3041 kgDM/ha.
  • Round length last week was 24 days with a target of 25 days round.
  • Silage has been fed over the last week to help hold round length at an average of 3Kg dm per cow per day.
  • No mowing over the last week.
  • Paddock N-3 was sprayed out 30th November for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 10th December .Mix was Trojan ,Viscount plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .
  • Paddock N-3 had a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 8th January.
  • Paddock N-3 has now been returned back into available area and has now had 3 grazings.
  • Paddock S-6 was sprayed out 8th January for re grassing. This was direct drilled back into pasture on the 28th January  .Mix was Trojan ,Shogun plus clover, sowing rate 30Kg /Ha .Total area available for cows is now 153 Ha until this paddock comes back into the round
  • Paddock S-6 will have a post emergence spray to control the weeds on Wednesday the 26th February
  • Paddock S-6 is now back in the round and has had first grazing over the past week.

Feeding Management for the coming month

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

Pasture Monitoring Program

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

Key Contributors:

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

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

plate vs space 10.3.20

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

pasture cover season tod ate