Dairy: Our long-term target is to carry a stocking rate of 3.5 cows/ha
We are on target to finish grazing the milking platform with the cows on December 4. Farm cover will be nearer to 600kg/dm/ha than our target of 550 due to very good growth in particular during October.
The cows are grazing the last paddock at present with a cover of 2300 kg/dm/ha and we will dry them all abruptly over the next week.
They will be wintered on the pad where the new woodchip was levelled in the last few days. There was 75pc of the herd still milking during November on a diet of 9kg/dm of grass, 2kg of concentrate and 5kg/dm of high quality bale silage harvested as surplus off the MP during the grazing season.
By introducing the extra silage and concentrates we stretched the available grass till now and kept the cows at grass. During the very wet spell in November we put the cows on once a day milking.
The herd came in for milking at 6.15am and were stood off on concrete till 4pm with access to silage.
They were let back out to the paddock to a fresh allocation of grass for the night. Milk production dropped slightly with OAD milking and the herd is currently producing 11 litres at 5.7pc fat and 4.5pc protein or 1.15kg/ms per day with SCC around 200,000.
The annual figures for 2015 are 4800 litres of milk produced at 4.61pc fat and 3.85pc protein giving us 418kg/ms per cow. The MP is stocked at 3.2 cows/ha giving us 1337kg/ms/ha.
This was produced feeding 405kg of concentrate and 270 units of nitrogen per acre.