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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 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 - as at week ending Wednesday 23 May 2018

CO comment

All known or suspect M. bovis infected properties are under Restricted Place Notices under the Biosecurity Act and cattle cannot be moved (except to slaughter).

It’s still possible that some unknown infected cattle are about, and they usually don’t show symptoms. This is one reason caution and good practice is needed for any cattle movement. Another reason already exists, as it’s expected standard practice in today’s environment. As moving day approaches and you plan cattle movement to a new location, focus on preventing contact with cattle from other herds at those locations. Ensure that any grazing, or new property has good biosecurity measures in place, such as preventing your stock from having nose to nose contact with cattle on the farm or neighbouring properties. M.bovis is not just a dairy industry problem and this includes all cattle.

Find out more at http://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/cow-health/mycoplasma-bovis/

 Farm Summary

 

Westport

Ikamatua

Kowhitirangi

Average cover (kg DM/ha)

1968

2014

1741

APC (16 May)

1955

1943

1727

Rotation length (days)

38

35

 

Stocking rate

2.0

 

 

Percentage in milk

67.0

 

 

Milksolids kg/cow

1.01

 

 

Milksolids kg/ha

2.0

 

 

MS/cow (season to date)

373

465

 

MS/ha (season to date)

1090

1251

 

 

 

 

 

N (kg/ha) year to date

193

218

88

Current N application rate kg N/ha

20

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 May

8 May

 

DM%

12.7

12.8

 

Pasture ME

12.9

12.7

 

Pasture NDF

46.2

42.6

 

Pasture CP

32.7

28.9

 

 

 

 

 

Target Intake (kg DM/cow/d)

17

15

 

Supplement (kg/cow/day)

2.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soil temperature (°C)

 

9.6

7.8

Growth Rate (kg DM/day)

22

21

7

Rainfall

82

90

 

Conditions for farmwalk

Heavy rain; cold

Heavy rain; Very cold;

Cows dried off

Freezing cold; Snow low on mountains; Farm very wet; Cows dried off and on crop

Comments

 

 

 

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

Click here for the full weekly summary - 23 May 2018


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