Ground conditions improve
Hauraki Herald highlights the work of the P3 Trust on the Hauraki Plains.
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.