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West Coast Monitor Farm

Westland has some unique challenges such as high rainfall and seasonal dry peroids which are variable across the region. Westland has now been collecting data for 10 years and continues to building on the information currently available.

This project funded by Westland Milk Products, DairyNZ, CRV Ambreed, ARL-Ravensdown and Rabobank aims to generate reliable pasture growth and quality, and soil temperature information, over the next 12 months, on two commercial dairy farms in Westland.

Farm walks schedule for this season are weekly from August to May, and monthly over the winter period.

Each week we will provide a Weekly Summary of information from the following regions:

Buller: Mawheraiti (Stu and Deb Bland), Westland: Kowhitirangi (Anna and Jeremy Hart).

Expanded farm summary for the week ending 1 April 2020

CO comment 

 

By now we should have had some time to come to grips with some of the ways Covid-19 may affect our businesses.

Dealing with COVID-19 is unlike anything we have dealt with before. And we need to change the way we do things on dairy farms whether we are two people or 10 - there must be nowhere on farm that facilitates the spread of COVID-19.

The key things to remember are 2m separation at all times and wash your hands.

Keeping everyone in the farm team informed about the new way of doing things is critical. Work through the template at https://www.dairynz.co.nz/business/adverse-events/coronavirus-covid-19-information/ with your team (outside, with a 2m gap between each person or using technology such as Skype, Facetime or Zoom), then put it up where everyone can see it in the farm dairy. The important thing is to have the discussion and agree the new rules.

It is important to use your judgement with jobs on farm. Think about how essential the task is to your business, remember farming is an essential service, but that does not mean business as usual. Ask yourself if you can undertake the task and stay within the Government guidelines with the activity. This applies when bringing contractors and staff into the equation, particularly when they are not in your ‘bubble’.

Keep safe and remember you can contact the West Coast DairyNZ team if you need a chat.

 

 

Farm Summary

 

 

Mawheraiti

Kowhitirangi

Average cover (kg DM/ha)

2421

2095

APC (25 March)

2069

1977

Rotation length (days)

28

27

Stocking rate

2.3

2.3

Percentage in milk

100

100

Milksolids kg/cow

1.45

1.63

Milksolids kg/ha

3.4

3.4

MS/cow (season to date)

350

393

MS/ha (season to date)

878

783

 

 

 

N (kg/ha) year to date

215

207

Current N application rate kg N/ha

25

-

 

 

 

 

2 Mar

4 Mar

DM%

11.4

11.6

Pasture ME

11.5

11.9

Pasture NDF

48.4

45.0

Pasture CP

28.5

29.5

 

 

 

Target Intake (kg DM/cow/d)

17

18

Supplement (kg/cow/day)

1.4

2

 

 

 

Soil temperature (°C)

13.8

13

Growth Rate (kg DM/day)

89*

39

Rainfall

33

25

Conditions for farmwalk

Getting colder. The odd light frost slowing round down with silage

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NB: pasture quality data are for 1 sample collected from each farm

* Result outside normal range. Will be reviewed with next week’s data

 

 Previous Weekly Summaries

2020

       
25 Mar 26 Feb  29 Jan
18 Mar 19 Feb 22 Jan
11 Mar 12 Feb 15 Jan
1 Apr 4 Mar 5 Feb 8 Jan

 

 

2019

 

    30 Oct         29 May        
  27 Nov 23 Oct 25 Sep 28 Aug     22 May 24 Apr 27 Mar 27 Feb 30 Jan 
18 Dec 20 Nov 16 Oct 18 Sep 21 Aug     15 May 17 Apr  20 Mar 20 Feb  23 Jan
11 Dec 13 Nov 9 Oct 11 Sep 14 Aug  17 Jul 21 Jun 8 May  10 Apr 13 Mar 13 Feb 16 Jan
4 Dec 6 Nov 2 Oct 4 Sep 7 Aug 3 Jul 5 Jun 1 May 3 Apr 6 Mar 6 Feb 9 Jan

 

 

2018

    31 Oct                       30 May       31 Jan
 26 Dec 28 Nov 24 Oct 26 Sep       

 23 May

 25 Apr

28 Mar 28 Feb 24 Jan
 19 Dec 21 Nov 17 Oct 19 Sep        16 May  18 Apr 21 Mar 21 Feb 17 Jan
12 Dec 14 Nov 10 Oct 12 Sep     20 Jun 9 May 11 Apr 14 Mar  14 Feb 10 Jan
5 Dec 7 Nov 3 Oct 5 Sep 29 Aug 4 July 6 Jun 2 May 4 Apr 7 Mar 7 Feb  3 Jan

 

2017

                       
       29 Sept           30 Mar    
22 Dec 24 Nov  26 Oct 21 Sept 24 Aug   29 Jun 25 May 27 Apr 24 Mar 24 Feb 26 Jan
15 Dec 16 Nov  20 Oct 14 Sept 17 Aug 20 Jul   19 May  20 Apr 17 Mar 17 Feb 20 Jan
8 Dec 9 Nov  12 Oct 7 Sept 10 Aug   9 Jun 12 May 13 Apr 9 Mar 10 Feb 11 Jan
1 Dec 3 Nov 6 Oct 1 Sept 3 Aug    2 Jun 4 May 6 Apr 3 Mar 2 Feb 4 Jan


2016

       30 Sep                
23 Dec  25 Nov   22 Sep 26 Aug   30 June 26 May 28 Apr     28 Jan
16 Dec 17 Nov 27 Oct 15 Sep 19 Aug   23 June 19 May 21 Apr 18 Mar 25 Feb  
8 Dec 10 Nov 14 Oct 8 Sep 12 Aug 22 Jul 9 June 12 May 14 Apr 11 Mar 18 Feb  
1 Dec 3 Nov 7 Oct 1 Sep 5 Aug   3 June 5 May 8 Apr 4 Mar 11 Feb  

 

2221

2070