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P21 Canterbury Farmlet

Pastoral 21 is a collaborative venture between DairyNZ, Fonterra, Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand, Beef + Lamb NZ and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Its goal is to provide accessible systems-level solutions for profitably increasing pastoral production while reducing farms’ environmental footprint.

The Pastoral 21 farm system research is taking place at Scott Farm in Hamilton, Massey University in Palmerston North, Lincoln University Research Dairy Farm and Ashley Dene Farm in Lincoln, and Telford Farm near Balclutha.

The Canterbury Trial is investigating if a lower input system can be as profitable as a higher input system, while having a lower environmental footprint. 

For more information please go to  http://www.dairynz.co.nz/what-we-do/research/key-projects/pastoral-21/

P21 Canterbury Farmlet Weekly Summary


Lincoln University Research Dairy Farm and Lincoln University's Ashley Dene Farm

Project leader: David Chapman, DairyNZ principal scientist
Project goal: To develop practical dairy farming systems that combine high production and profit with lower nitrate leaching.
Project details: The project includes two farmlets, one with a stocking rate of 3.5 cows/ha and the other with 5 cows/ha, plus three different wintering systems. 

 

Weekly summary

19 May 2015 

 

Growth

kg DM/day

APC

kg DM

/ha

Rotation length (days)

N (YTD)

Suppl

(kg/cow/day)

Suppl (kg YTD)

BCS

% in milk

MS kg/ cow

MS kg/

Ha

MS /ha YTD

MS/

cow YTD

Low stocked efficient

44

2303

66

149

1

140

4.4

0

1.1

3.2

1808

517

High stocked efficient

49

2238

 54

282

2

993

4.7

0

1.0

4.1

2336

467

 Soil temperature: 9.3           Rainfall: 7                  Irrigation: 0

 HSE key decisions:

  • Maintain 54 day rotation
  • Continue transitioning cows to fodderbeet by increasing the allocation by 0.5 kg DM/cow/day until      they are transported to Ashley Dene
  • Continue lifting  fodderbeet and feeding in the pasture paddock
  • Offer 1 bale silage per paddock (2.5-3 kg DM/cow/day), remainder of the diet will be pasture
  • Target 13 kg DMI           

LSE key decisions:

  • Reduce rotation length to 44 days to graze the 3 high mass paddocks before the cows go off for wintering
  • Target 13 kg DM intake from pasture only
  • Prepare crop paddocks at the support block for cows arriving on the 27th May and going straight into their transitioning onto crop        

 

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