Ground con­di­tions im­prove

Hau­raki Herald high­lights the work of the P3 Trust on the Hau­raki Plains.

Hauraki Herald - - RURAL -

What’s been hap­pen­ing this week? Wayne Stachurski re­ports in.

Ground con­di­tions are slowly im­prov­ing as rain events de­liver less rain than July and days get longer.

Soil tem­per­a­tures and growth rates are turn­ing up­wards.

Some feed bud­gets still show deficits over the next few weeks.

Mod­est amounts of palm ker­nel and/or ni­tro­gen ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing used to par­tially fill them. If pas­ture growth is bet­ter than ex­pected no money has been wasted, if poorer, then some of the dam­age has al­ready been cov­ered (risk man­age­ment).

Those on once a day milk­ing are moving to twice a day as ground con­di­tions im­prove and feed sup­ply ahead looks more se­cure.

Calv­ing has gone smoothly for all the mon­i­tor farms with few calv­ing or meta­bolic is­sues and low in­ci­dence of re­tained mem­branes.

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