Our latest farm walk notes include the key numbers we’re seeing on the farm. We update walk notes every week during the milking season. During the off-season this may occur monthly.

Focus for 2021/22

  • Implement 10 in 7 milking without comprimising profit.
  • Establishment of 10% of farm in plantain.
  • Improve reproductive performance, lower Replacement Rate.
  • Farm operating costs $4.23 / kgMS (or less).

Season Focus Overview: Integrate 10in7 milking. Achieving savings in labor, improving cow animal welfare outcomes. Cow condition, reproductive performance and lameness. Ongoing focus on environmental foot print, minimizing nitrogen use with good feed monitoring and maintaining pasture cover at 2,300 and round 22-25 days during summer months. Establishment of plantain to drop nitrogen leaching further.

2nd May Notes

Key Numbers

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Factors 23rd May 16th May 9th May 2nd May
Farm Area
Grazing ha available to milkers (Ha) 157.5 157.5 157.5 157.5
Re-grassing (Ha) 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5
Stock Numbers
Cows currently milking to vat 440 456 457 460
Cows currently milking NOT to vat 2 1 3 0
Total cows on farm 442 456 3 460
Once-a-day milking cows 5 7 12 7
Lame cows current 5 7 1.69 7
Dry cows on farm 13 11 1.35 9
Milk Production
Current bulk milk SCC (tgt below 150) (SCC) 189 166 0.81 1.78
Milk Solids per cow (kgMS/cow) 1.12 1.2 2301 1.28
Protein:Fat ratio (%) 0.78 .78 10 0.80
Feed Budget
Average pasture cover (kgDM/HA) 0.78 7.2 2378
Current Pasture Fed - Milkers (kgDM/cow) 17.2 2082 17.2 11.31
Current Silage Fed - Milkers (kgDM/cow) 0 14.86 2.87 5.89
Current Demand per cow (kgDM/cow) 17.2 2.34 49.4 17.2
Stocking Rate - Milkers (Cows/HA) 2.85 17.2 2.87 2.87
Current Pasture Demand - Milkers (kgDM/HA) 49 49.4 49
Pasture Growth Rate (kgDM/HA) 28 41 44
Pre-grazing cover (ave for week) (kgDM/HA) 2642 3106 3432 3235
Residual (ave for week) (kgDM/HA) 1550 1550 1550 1550
Round Length (Days) 29 26 41 35
Farm conditions
Soil temp average (Aquaflex) (degree C) 10.02 11.14 12.46 11.64
Rainfall (MM) 4.6 15.8 0.2 0.4
Irrigation days this week (days) 0 0 0 0
People
Current Roster 5+2 5+2 5+2 5+2
Health & Safety Incidences nil nil nil nil
Milking Routine 10 in 7 10 in 7 10 in 7 10 in 7