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July 2015

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Messages:

  • Address the targets for June and act;
  • Poor heat detection catches you out on repeats;
  • Strive for quality grass;
  • The best new grassland management tool is round bale surplus grazing, but topping may be necessary;
  • Sixty-six per cent of nitrogen must now be used;
  • More silage is required with expansion –
  • but plan for quality;
  • Low percentage milk protein can be avoided;
  • Kale has merits;
  • Attend Moorepark Open Day in July.

June 2015

on .

Messages:

  • Address the targets for June and act;
  • Poor heat detection catches you out on repeats;
  • Strive for quality grass;
  • The best new grassland management tool is round bale surplus grazing, but topping may be necessary;
  • Sixty-six per cent of nitrogen must now be used;
  • More silage is required with expansion –
  • but plan for quality;
  • Low percentage milk protein can be avoided;
  • Kale has merits;
  • Attend Moorepark Open Day in July.

May 2015

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Messages:

  • To make money in 2016, you must be on the 'fertility ball' for the next two months;
  • Quality grass yields profit;
  • Round bale surpluses from paddocks, and top if too many dung pads;
  • You should have more than 64 per cent of your year's nitrogen (N) used by the end of May;
  • No 12-hour grazing blocks;
  • Preventative healthcare is best and cheapest;
  • Use 1.5 to 2 artificial insemination (AI) straws per
  • cow in the herd;
  • Get 'a spoonful of sugar' from after-evening-tea grass.

Management hints for April

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Messages:

  • Change your attitude, get into the habit of running a low-cost system;
  • Risk-manage urea spreading to save Ä40/acre;
  • Silage ground must be grazed twice this year;
  • Graze out paddocks well to have quality grass for the remainder of the year;
  • Save money by cutting a large first-cut silage;
  • A breeding plan, using ICBF sire advice, based on fact, is essential;
  • Synchronisation of heifers is an absolute must;
  • Use the ICBF sire advice to choose AI bulls in 2015.

March 2015

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Messages:

  • Avail of the opportunity to save costs in March;
  • Feed only 1-2kg meals with grass in March;
  • Last month of quota management – make it count;
  • Target to end first rotation on April 1-10 or earlier;
  • Extra nitrogen required;
  • Use 'best value' 10:10:20 now;
  • Avoid wet weather damage to the soil;
  • Do not close silage ground until mid-April;
  • Manage bulling heifers for compact calving;
  • Let out calves and yearlings now; and
  • Avail of entitlements for new entrants and young farmers before March 31.