WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING THIS WEEK? WAYNE STACHURSKI REPORTS IN.
Mainly dry weather has improved outlooks on local farms.
Production to date is now generally level with last season but moving ahead on a daily basis.
This is good news because combined with a lift in expected milk price the additional cost of feed inputs to feed cows through the wet spring will now have little overall effect on farmers budgets.
Getting crops in is still a challenge but will still provide a relatively cheap summer feed if they establish and grow well before the usual summer dry.
Ashley has calculated on the Gray farm it will cost them about 8-10c/kg dry matter after adjusting for the pasture which would have been grown in the meantime.
On dry days Ashley is ‘‘shortrounding’’ paddocks which weren’t grazed very well by the herd on wet days over the last month.
This means the herd is back into the paddock after 19 days instead of 24 which encourages them to eat most of the grass they left last time because it was a bit muddy.
This method leaves the paddocks in a tidy growing state to recover with top quality pas-