Adjustments to ease stress
Wayne Stachurski reports on P3 Trust work this week.
Monitor farmers continue to be active rather than reactive, making adjustments to help reduce stress. Reece and Mike on the Garrett farm are getting vet assistance with lame cow treatment. John says this takes the pressure off a time-consuming job when staff are already very busy with on/off grazing of cows in the wet.
Ashley has gone to once daily milking across the whole herd at the Gray farm to take pressure off man and beast, help maintain cow condition and limit pasture damage. It also reduces the amount of effluent from the dairy.
Strategies to limit pasture damage are number one such as bringing cows to the dairy early, using supplement to keep cows more content so they walk around paddocks less.
Strategies to keep cow feed intakes to no less than 16kgDM/c/d to protect cow welfare and condition run a close second. Each farm is paying extra attention to details for a successful breeding programme to limit climatic effects.