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February 2015

on .

Messages:

  • Learn from 2009 and be prepared for the 14c/l drop, even if it doesn’t come
  • How to overcome the loss of Ä700 per cow in milk sales
  • Improving farm output will release cash
  • Talk to your family and workers about how tight things will be in 2015
  • Spread two to four bags of 10:10:20 now
  • Use the spring rotation planner to save superlevy bill
  • Plan now for a 90 per cent six-week calving in 2016.

 

January 2015

on .

Messages:

  • January is a month to carefully plan your ‘survival’ strategies
  • Review 2014 and plan your cost-saving strategies
  • Define your SMaC farm-management practices to survive the future
  • Beware the slick – and not-so-slick – salesmen
  • Prepare for:
  • Calving
  • Calf rearing
  • Milking
  • Long working hours
  • Avail of all the ‘tricks’ to minimise superlevy penalty
  • How to use these Management Hints in 2015.

November 2014

on .

Messages:

  • Because replacement heifers are your future,
  • manage them to reach target weights
  • Dry cow treatment is a big and responsible job – spread over several days
  • Take all stock off farm when grass cover falls
  • to 550-600kgDM/ha
  • Now is the time to manage cow body condition
  • score (BCS)
  • Dose now to prevent parasite losses
  • Invest in variable/current costs to save
  • on your 2014 tax bill.

October 2014

on .

Messages:

  • Is producing over quota a gamble?
  • Manage replacements to achieve target weights
  • Start rectifying cow body condition this month
  • Feed meals strategically
  • Make a list of things to buy, jobs to do and where help is required
  • Use the last rotation planner to manage grass during October
  • Start drying off cows, but do so carefully
  • Extra winter feed gives you options
  • Tips to build personal resilience.

September 2014

on .

Messages:

  • Actions to take to avoid the last super-levy bill EVER!
  • Once-a-day milking – milk to weanlings and no meals in the plan
  • Leasing cows, both long and short term, is a serious option
  • Soil and silage testing is now an essential practice
  • Animal health duties in September – a priority!
  • Weigh replacement heifers – under-target animals must be fed 1-2kg meal
  • Hit grass cover targets with nitrogen and good         planning
  • This is LIME month – no excuses!