Farm Map and Farming System
Farm is currently semi self contained. Milking over 580-650, with dry stock and some supplement. We are irrigated with 6 center pivots. We run a Grazing
System plus we have a Feed Pad, to minimise wastage and damage
During the Spring to Autumn we run 2 pasture breaks, and in the Late Autumn /
Winter when pasture is short, the will have 1crop breaks and 1 pasture
options, plus access to the Feed Pad for supplement.
The cows are physically fit and healthy, as they do a lot of walking 3-6 km a day.
- Topping in-front of cows to help keep quality - have noticed when doing this that the cows consume the grass 'quicker' so they leave the paddock easier.
- Pivot Irrigation effects the flow of cows coming and going - it stops them coming, or it can push them all in to early. This is why it will be good when the 'VRI' - Variable Rate Irrigation is working - then the pivots will switch off on the race, not restricting continuous cow flow.
Grass Management - is very important this is done on gut feeling and what the cows are telling me
Because the farm is semi self contained - paddocks from each block are dropped in or out or swapped around in a area to suit what ever I need
- Young stock to clean up
- Cropping etc.
But it is important to keep each area balances with the quality of feed on each Block.