Weekly Farm Summary

Farm-system impacts of: Kale vs Fodder beet for winter AND reducing N loss to water by 30%. 

Business Area Current Status
Feed Growth remains low this week whilst we wait for the response from N applied. Residuals are being managed well with the level of baleage being fed in the paddock. Expecting covers to lift by the end of the month.
Milk Production All herds milk production has continued to fluctuate over the past week, with pasture quality driving much of the change.
People Covid-19 in several staff members households has meant team numbers have been down this week. However, the team that haven’t been affected have continued to work tirelessly, without complaint so we are very thankful for that!
Animals Calculations have been completed for BCS target requirements from June 1 until calving date. 58.2% of the herd are already at or better than their 1st June target, 29.3% are within 0.3BCS unit and only 10% of the herd need between 0.3 and 0.6BCS to hit their targets. 13 low BCS cows were dried off last weekend
Environment All nitrogen applications for the season have been completed, with the LI farmlets going slightly over their 50kgN allocation and the Std FB and Std Kale farmlets only getting 79% and 84% (respectively) of their targeted allocation.
Wintering Winter feed budget is being finalised for all classes of stock over the next week, to ensure baleage supplies currently ordered/ on hand will be sufficient.
Research Nitrogen analysis results have not yet returned. Pasture samples taken this week to gather actual data for DM content.

Cows & Milk Analysis

Feed

Principles of Pasture Management this week

Feed Quality & Quantity Pasture quality has held this week with the moisture in the system, however the base is soft suggesting DM content may have dropped. Samples being taken to confirm.

In-shed feeding continues at the same rates as last week, however as pasture comes back this may be reduced to minimise substitution.
Growth rate Management Round length will not change this week and we are not in a position to push this out further at this stage due to the amount of supplement required. Until the last culls go we don't have any more leavers to reduce pasture demand.
Nitrogen Strategy The last of the paddocks still requiring N received their N application on Monday. This completes this season application. The LI Kale farmlets and LI FB farmlets both received slightly more than this seasons N allocation due to additional N being applied to a few of the 2nd year grass paddocks that were struggling.
Standard
Kale
Pink
Low Impact
Kale
Blue
Standard
Fodder beet
Green
Low Impact
Fodder beet
Yellow
Quantity Growth 73% of demand Growth 82% of demand. (up from last week) Growth 68% of demand Growth only 63% of demand
Quality Quality returning slowly. Quality returning slowly. Quality returning slowly. Quality returning slowly.
Surplus Management None None None None
Deficit Management 3.2kg inshed (same next week)
5.1kg DM baleage
3.1kg inshed (same next week)
6kg DM baleage
2.4kg inshed (same next week)
Baleage 6.1kg/cow/day
Fodder beet 1.5 kg/cow/day
2.4kg inshed (same next week)
Baleage 4.5kg/cow/day
Fodder beet 1.5kg/cow/day
Rotation Length 44 Days 42 Days 44 Days 42 days

Milk Production

Principles of Milk production management this week

Milk Production OAD continues and will for the remainder of the season.

When comparing to this time last season, all herds are behind in production.

SCC has reduced significantly for the FB vat after 5 mastitis cows were removed as a result of quarter stripping. SCC is sitting at 180,000 for the FB vat and 176,000 for the Kale vat.
Key influences on milk production The cows are continuing to fluctuate in milk yield based on the paddocks that are being grazed due to the variability in pasture species across the farm. The LI Kale herd production dropped off noticeably this week after grazing through a couple of their worst paddocks.
Cow Management Last week in-shed feed was removed from cows across all herds that have a BCS 5.5 or higher and are producing less than 8 litres/day. This week we stopped inshed feeding to all cows more than BCS 5.

13 cows were dried off over the weekend to ensure BCS targets are met at 1st June. BCS for these cows will continue on a fortnightly basis so we can ensure they are gaining condition.
Standard
Kale
Pink
Low Impact
Kale
Blue
Standard
Fodder beet
Green
Low Impact
Fodder beet
Yellow
kg Milksolids per cow this week / (last week) 1.40 / (1.38) 1.24 / (1.26) 1.35 / (1.32) 1.26 / (1.24)
kg Milksolids per ha this year / (this time last year) 1168 / (1214) 1015 / (990) 1089 / (1160) 958 / (953)
Season to date compared to last year Down 1.3% Down 1.9% Down 5.8% Down 3.7%
Cows needing OAD BCS<4 (% herd) 40 cows 31 cows 13 cows 22 cows
Animal health peculiarities None None None None

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Farm system impacts: of Kale vs Fodder beet for winter AND Reducing N loss to water by 30%.
Kale, Winters on kale - in-shed feed available. Fodder beet, winters on Beet, Beet as lactation supp. Low impact (LI) limited Max 50kg N/ha/year vs Std 193kg N/ha/year


Farm system impacts: of Kale vs Fodder beet for winter AND Reducing N loss to water by 30%.
Kale, Winters on kale - in-shed feed available. Fodder beet, winters on Beet, Beet as lactation supp. Low impact (LI) limited Max 50kg N/ha/year vs Std 193kg N/ha/year


Farm system impacts: of Kale vs Fodder beet for winter AND Reducing N loss to water by 30%.
Kale, Winters on kale - in-shed feed available. Fodder beet, winters on Beet, Beet as lactation supp. Low impact (LI) limited Max 50kg N/ha/year vs Std 193kg N/ha/year


Farm system impacts: of Kale vs Fodder beet for winter AND Reducing N loss to water by 30%.
Kale, Winters on kale - in-shed feed available. Fodder beet, winters on Beet, Beet as lactation supp. Low impact (LI) limited Max 50kg N/ha/year vs Std 193kg N/ha/year

Farm-system impacts of: Kale vs Fodder beet for winter
AND Reducing N loss to water by 30%.

NB – Target line set for 10 kg DMI of pasture

NB: Hatched bars are new grass paddocks being grazed on a faster return interval to maintain quality