Afternoon Owl Farm followers! We have to regretfully announce that our Demonstration Manager Louise Cook is off to greener (if somewhat colder) pastures at the Southern Dairy Hub in Invercargill.
This week will be Louise’s 9th and last Focus Day with us since she started in April 2017. She has definitely left her mark on Owl farm with her love of data, addiction to spreadsheets and massive passion for helping find sustainable farm systems. Her pictures, info and enthusiasm will be missed, but the good work she and Tom have done in the past 2 years will definitely continue.
Stay tuned for updates as we work through the process of replacing Louise. For now, a few of our favourite pics of her and the adventures at Owl Farm.
DairyNZ GHG Partner Farm Project launch 10am-12pm
Owl Farm Performance and Season Update 12.30pm
• Explore the ways we are working to protect the environment;
• Everyone can change water quality! Join our Community planting event,
help us grow plants to protect waterways.
• Meet our cows and some really friendly calves.
• See cows being milked throughout the day.
• See what it takes to prepare a gourmet meal for cows
Plus loads more...
Free sausage sizzle and ice-creams
Coffee available to purchase
This day promises to be fun for the whole family so chuck on your gummies andgummies and
come along for what will be an awesome day down on the farm.
87 attendees heard about a World Markets update from Westpac Economist Anne Boniface.
The information discussed is in the Westpac Fortnightly Agri-update. Impacts of global demand and supply, what's really happening plus the impact and potential changes in the strength of the kiwi dollar.
Maximising Summer Performance was discussed in a Workshop session sharing ideas on tactics and trigger points to hit key targets.
the topics for consideration involved:
Current Season Update
Less cows are making more milk, 94% of the herd submitted in 3 weeks of AB, 4 times last year’s spring silage made. Holding cows over 2kgMS/cow/day has been a standout highlight of the season with less brought0in feed used to achieve this. Having strong decision rules around how we wanted to oerate the farm was a key to seeing these results.
Key decision rules Sep - Oct
Farmer Focus Day 76 attendees heard about our 2019:
Our year end financials are now uploaded, plus this year's forecast and actual figures so far.
Feel free to have a read and compare against your own figures, we're always keen to hear how we compare and where you see room for our improvement.