Partners Networking to Advance South Island Dairying

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 9 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 three 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: Westport (C Gallagher, Victoria Rd) Upper Grey Valley: Ikamatua (A Mirfin, Mirfins Rd) Hokitika: Kowhitirangi (T&R Little, Whitcombe Valley Rd).

Weekly Update - 10 January 2018

 

CO comment

This past week has seen some significant rain for all areas on the West Coast. It is timely to remind those who have been in a state of drought that even though some rain has fallen, it would be wise to stick to your current plan. Be prepared for the weather to stay drier than normal. We will be in a state of ‘catch up’ for some time and strict control will be required to achieve on farm targets from now and through winter. Be mindful that if the dry weather does continue through summer and into autumn, the risk of porina damage is likely to be higher than usual. Having porina larvae munching through what’s left of the pasture over winter will not be helpful.

For everyone, January is often a time of variable growth rates so ensure pasture cover is monitored regularly. Use a feed wedge to identify any deficits or surpluses and use supplements to fill any genuine feed shortages. Make sure you have reviewed or made a plan for the late lactation period. Being proactive and stopping the feeding of supplements as soon as available pasture meets feed demand will ensure you receive the best return from any added supplement.

Establishing a Body condition score profile for the herd is important. If you do this now you will have the confidence to keep milking better conditioned cows and it gives an idea of how many cows may require an alternative. Having this information updated periodically and on hand can enhance the success of any autumn/winter preparation and targets.

Farm Summary

 

Westport

Ikamatua

Kowhitirangi

Average   cover (kg DM/ha)

1905

1943

1946

APC (3 January)

1834

1952

1899

Rotation   length (days)

22

20

26

Stocking   rate

2.8

2.7

2.3

Percentage   in milk

100

100

100

Milksolids   kg/cow

1.71

1.91

1.50

Milksolids   kg/ha

4.9

5.2

3.3

MS/cow   (season to date)

190

271

136

MS/ha   (season to date)

556

729

324

 

 

 

 

N   (kg/ha) year to date

93

101

60

Current   N application rate kg N/ha

20

20

None

 

 

 

 

 

4 Dec

5 Dec

6 Dec

DM%

21.3

17.7

19.1

Pasture ME

11.6

12.7

12.4

Pasture NDF

57.3

46.7

55.1

Pasture CP

 

28.8

 

 

 

 

 

Target   Intake (kg DM/cow/d)

18

18

18

Supplement   (kg/cow/day)

2

8

0

 

 

 

 

Soil   temperature (°C)

20

19.1

18

Growth   Rate (kg DM/day)

38

28

32

Rainfall

8

12

58

Conditions   for farmwalk

Hot and fine; no sign of rain

Few spots of rain; overcast and warm

Heavy rain

Comments

 

 

 

 

Click here for the full weekly summary - 10 January 2018

 

Previous Weekly Summaries

2018

                       
                       
                       
                      10 Jan
                      3 Jan

 

2017

                  30 Mar    
22 Dec 24 Nov  26 Oct 29 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  

 

Combined Monthly Summaries

2014 - 2015

December 2015
November 2015

October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014