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 2022/23

22 November Notes

Growth did not really match up with what we were seeing on farm walk, possibly over estimated last week and underestimated this week. Round length only 19 days for the week so cows are not finding as much as we were plating which is quite normal for this time of the year. Cows are doing more per day than this time last year. 2-week period last year 1.94 to 1.96 this year, stable at 2.2 over the last 2-weeks.

Key Numbers

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Factors 22 November 15th November 8th November 1st November
Farm Area
Grazing ha available to milkers (Ha) 148.38 148.38 148.38 160
Re-grassing (Ha) 11.62 11.62 11.62 0
Stock Numbers
Cows currently milking to vat 539 540 540 540
Cows currently milking NOT to vat 0 0 0 1
Total cows on farm 539 540 540 541
Once-a-day milking cows 0 3 4 0
Lame cows current 0 3 4 0
Dry cows on farm 0 0 0 1
Milk Production
Current bulk milk SCC (tgt below 150) (SCC) 97 106 107 115
Milk Solids per cow (kgMS/cow) 2.02 2.02 1.99 1.96
Protein:Fat ratio (%) 0.84 0.81 0.80 0.86
Feed Budget
Average pasture cover (kgDM/HA) 2335 2536 2373 2344
Current Pasture Fed - Milkers (kgDM/cow) 20 20 20 20
Current Silage Fed - Milkers (kgDM/cow) 0 0 0 0
Current Demand per cow (kgDM/cow) 20 20 20 20
Stocking Rate - Milkers (Cows/HA) 3.38 3.38 3.38 3.38
Current Pasture Demand - Milkers (kgDM/HA) 73 73 73 68
Pasture Growth Rate (kgDM/HA) 60 97 87 89
Pre-grazing cover (ave for week) (kgDM/HA) 3259 3299 3145 3018
Residual (ave for week) (kgDM/HA) 1500 1500 1550 1550
Round Length (Days) 19 23 23 21
Farm conditions
Soil temp average (Aquaflex) (degree C) 15.85 15 14.44 13.38
Rainfall (MM) 39 9 0 8.2
Irrigation days this week (days) 0 3 5 3
People
Current Roster 5+3 5+2 5+2 5+2
Health & Safety Incidences nil nil nil nil
Milking Routine 11 in 7 10 in 7 10 in 7 10 in 7

Soil Moisture Forecasting Nov22

We had a significant rainfall event on the farm this week which showed up on our soil moisture monitor. The model had predicted more rain on the horizon so it looks as though we wont need to irrigate for few more days yet.

Soil Moisture Forecast