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Focus Days

SDF Focus Days are aimed at dairy farmers (owners, managers and staff) and dairy industry professionals who are invited to come along and hear about what we are doing at the Southland Demonstration Farm.

There are typically 4 Focus Days per year and each event provides an opportunity to review how the farm has performed and focus on challenges and opportunities in the coming months.

Our October, and May Focus Days are on the farm and run from 10:15am – 1pm,  morning tea and a BBQ lunch in included (no rsvp’s are required).

The July and February Focus Days are off farm, see below for details

Questions and group discussion is encouraged at Focus Days as we learn from you as much as you learn from us. Spread the work and we look forward to see you there!

2016 Focus Dates

The SDF Focus day was held on farm on Thursday 12th May from 10am until 1pm.

Download a copy of the handout HERE

May2016 FlyerHR2

 

 

The February SDF Focus days were held off farm at 4 different locations on Wednesday 24th at Milton and Gore then Thursday 25th February at Otautau and Winton. Topics will include an on farm update, a detailed discussion on Sugar beet use (including costs) at SDF. Our financial performance season to date, including how we are going compared to our budgeted $3.67 FWE. A Southern Dairy Hub Update.

Download the Handout HERE.

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12th May 2016 - on farm

2015 Focus Days:

 

15th October

Download the Focus Day Handout HERE

SDF Flyer final Oct 2015

 July 2015 

 Download the full Focus Day notes from our July Events HERE 

Click to download the PDF Flyer for printing

14th May (on farm) - 10.15am - 1pm

May focus day handout

Click here for the May Focus Day (pdf) handout (13Mb)

 

26th February (on farm) - 10.15am - 1pm

Timeline Focus Day February 15

Click here for the pdf handout (16Mb)

 

Upcoming Focus Days;
15th July (Winton Hall) - time TBC
15th October (on farm) - 10.15am - 1pm

2014 Focus Days

16 October 2014
Click here for the pdf handout (3MG)
$6/kgMS - Smarter Spending to Protect Profit
Feedback Needed - maintaining profit at a lower payout
Mating to Calve Naturally
August Weather – What did SDF do to survive?
Spring Workload – managing the hours worked

16 July 2014

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Spring Pasture Management Workshop and SDF Update
Interactive Workshop using the Spring Rotation Planner
Review of SDF Finances 2013/14 + Budget 2014/15
Genetics – the interaction between profit and BW 

15 May 2014
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More production per ha/per cow & less supplements fed
Budget blowout or dilution = solution?
Lameness: How many is too many?
SDH – Time for your input into SDH – why you should contribute.

27 February 2014
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Seasonal Update - Financial Details, On Farm Update
Staff Productivity - How time is spent at SDF
Autumn Management Strategy
Mating Update

2013 Focus Days

24 October 2013
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Seasonal Update - Financial Details, On Farm Update
Use it or lose it
Pasture and Crops
Southern Dairy Hub - Concept Proposal

 

23 May 2013
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Financial Details
BCS - by Herd - pre Autumn and pre Winter
Winter Crops and Management
SDF Stream Nitrate-N Monitoring

 

7 February 2013
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Financials
SDF Repro Review and Improvement Opportunities
MINDA Weights and the importance of growing young stock to target

2012 Focus Days

24 October 2012
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Financial & Production targets for 2012-13
Focus on Reducing Costs Below Budget
Budget vs Actual Farm Working Expenses
Stream Monitoring

 

19th July 2012
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SDF BCS at Drying Off
SDF Year End Results 2010/11 compared with 2011/12
2011/12 Budget / Actual
2012/13 Budget
Southern Wintering Systems

 

3rd May 2012
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Seasonal Update
Autumn Supplementation - Was it economically viable?
CS review - was autumn and winter management worth the effort?
Budget and Forecast Farm Working Expenses
Winter feed allocation plan

 

9th February 2012
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Seasonal Update
Autumn Recovery Plan
Proposed New Dairying Framework - Environment Southland

2011 Focus Days

20th October 2011
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Seasonal Update
Pasture Growth Rates / Average Pasture Covers
Nutrition and Reproduction - John Roche

 

14th July 2011
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Seasonal Update
Budget 2011/12 Season and 2010/11 Actuals
Employment Agreements etc

 

12th May 2011
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Seasonal Update
Reproductive trial at LUDF - impact of time from calving to PSM
Rational for BCS 5 at calving
Some consideration for winter feeding

 

10th February 2011
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Seasonal Update
Winter feed strategies: cow responses
Mating intervention: observations at SDF
Autumn Feed Management / Budget

2010 Focus Days

21st October 2010
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Seasonal Update
Effects of the Adverse Weather
Breeding Programme - getting cows cycling in a timely manner

 

15th July 2010
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Seasonal Update
SDF Budget - 2010/11
Benchmarks for SDF Profitability - 2008/09
People / Planet / Profit / Platform
Clover root weevil

 

13th May 2010
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Click here for the PDF Financial Summary
Seasonal update and production
Culling and replacement decisions
Winter Management notes
Stray voltage
BVD - the silver bullet?
Staff management - templates for success

 

18th February 2010
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Seasonal update and production
Pregnancy confirmation report
SDF Variance to end Feb 2010
SDF Variance Budget vs forecast full year 2010
Eco-n pasture trials

 

1st October 2009
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Seasonal comparison and production
Financial update
Mating options to maintain BW
Pasture and crop plan

2009 Focus Days

16th July 2009
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Click here for the PDF Global Market Place 
Click here for the PDF Budgeting and farm systems under a lower payout
Southland Demonstration Farm Budget
2008 Dairy Farm Statistics
Would you like to work in town?

 

26th February 2009
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Production/Financial update - Controlling costs - what can we do?
Autumn Strategy - Milk production or winter grazing?
Evaluating the Development Plan - Pasture yield, fertilising winter crops, fodderbeet.

2008 Focus Days

24th July 2008
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Review of end of 2007/08 Season & Financial Detail. Page 8.
Grow more grass! Eat more grass! Page 20.
Demo Farm Budget / Business Plan 2008/09. Page 26.
Fertiliser Spreading & Spreading GPS Technology. Page 38.

 

1st May 2008
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Short Gestation Length and Sexed Semen. Page 10.
Planning for Winter. Page 13.

 

28th February 2008
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What does dairy pasture look like? Page 5.
Is couch and compaction costing you? Page 10.