Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Week ending 18-11-19 farm notes:
- Growth rates have risen again to 81 kgDM/ha/day and pushed cover up to 2241 kgDM/ha.
- Another 25.4mm of rain fell last week helping to prop up grass growth. Some seed head is definitely starting to appear in the pastures so we are making sure we hit residuals as close to 1500 as often as possible while maintaining good intakes to the cows.
- PKE was removed from the diet on Thursday last week as we felt that we could feed the cows full on grass only diet again. We don’t want to be creating a surplus where possible so by removing it we have been able to keep up with grass growth and keep the wedge under control.
- Production has held nicely this week above 1.8kgms/cow/day.
- 5ha of the crop was sprayed this week for bugs and grass weeds and 150kg/ha of sustain applied as they are all nearly at the canopy closure stage. The remaining 3ha isn’t far behind and will receive the same treatment this week. Warm wet conditions have lead to some great growth in the crops so they are looking really good heading into summer. The sooner we can reach canopy the sooner we can shut out any further grass weed germination and also conserve any moisture that is in the soil.
- It is still important to monitor crops twice weekly to observe potential damage from Argentine stem weevil, leaf miner, slugs, springtail and greasy cutworm. Due to proactive action, plant numbers are still looking very strong in all of the paddocks.
- We have now just finished week 7 of AB and will be switching to SGL dairy for the last 5 weeks. We are still getting returns but this is to be expected, but numbers are low ranging from 2-5 cows/day. Looking back in the calendar this is comparative to numbers mated 17-24 days ago. Weekly touch up of the paint is important especially as it starts to warm up and more active tail flicking increases the rate of paint loss! Heat patches are replaced 24hrs after the cows are mated to act as a second aid to heat detection.
- To reduce fatigue we have been rotating staff who are picking the bulling cows while we milk in the mornings along with paddock checks in the evenings.
- 36 calves from the remaining 48 calves on milk have now been weaned and will be joining the other weaned mob this week. We will send 100 calves to grazing at the end of November.
- Feeding levels past week:
- Milkers: 18.75 kg DM grass