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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 4 July 2018

CO comment

We’re now about a month away from the start of calving for many of you, so all early calving cows should be at a BCS close to that targeted for calving – if not, action will need to be taken now to ensure that the BCS shortfall is addressed.  The closer these cows get to calving, the more difficult it will be to put on condition.  Have a look at your Farm Facts & Figures booklet to confirm that you’ve got the feed requirement at the right level and don’t forget to factor in an appropriate allowance for utilisation of the feed.  Take some time to review the feed budget and confirm that you’re still on track to meet the desired APC at planned start of calving. 

Magnesium supplementation to dry cows will need to be started shortly to minimise the risk of grass staggers at calving. Supplementation options include dusting Magnesium Oxide onto pasture, mixing Magnesium Oxide in silage or baleage, including Magnesium chloride or sulphate in drinking water or using Magnesium bullets. Getting in early and adopting the ‘prevention is better than cure’ method is the best approach. Talk with your vet for a mineral supplementation programme and go to the DairyNZ website (https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/cow-health/grass-staggers/) for further information.

 Farm Summary

 

Westport

Ikamatua

Kowhitirangi

Average cover (kg DM/ha)

1877

2053

1822

APC (20 June 2018)

1905

1997

1807

Rotation length (days)

150

 

 

Stocking rate

 

 

 

Percentage in milk

 

 

 

Milksolids kg/cow

 

 

 

Milksolids kg/ha

 

 

 

MS/cow (season to date)

 

 

 

MS/ha (season to date)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N (kg/ha) year to date

2

 

 

Current N application rate kg N/ha

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 June

5 June

6 June

DM%

16.0

13.9

19.2

Pasture ME

13.2

13.3

13.5

Pasture NDF

46.5

40.3

44.3

Pasture CP

31.3

24.7

24.8

 

 

 

 

Target Intake (kg DM/cow/d)

9-10

 

 

Supplement (kg/cow/day)

2.87

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soil temperature (°C)

 

5.6

5.2

Growth Rate (kg DM/day)

6

6

4

Rainfall

44

75

 

Conditions for farmwalk

Raining and cold

Good frost, cold but nice day

Fine and cold

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

Click here for the full weekly summary - 4 July 2018


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