Hauraki Herald - - RURAL -

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-

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