Be pre­pared

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

DairyNZ said farm­ers should put in place a sum­mer man­age­ment plan to help pre­pare ear­lier for pe­ri­ods of soil mois­ture deficits.

Hav­ing a well thoughtout plan sets out key de­ci­sion points for stock and feed man­age­ment, and dates for ac­tions dur­ing any pe­riod of sum­mer dry.

A plan should in­clude tac­tics to mon­i­tor pas­ture and man­age cat­tle body con­di­tion score. It should pro­vide de­ci­sion points for once-a-day milk­ing or dry­ing off, culling, and when to look at sup­ple­ment needs; and should make use of ad­vis­ers.

The DairyNZ Dry Sum­mer Man­age­ment Guide, in­clud­ing a plan tem­plate, is avail­able from Dairy NZ at dairynz.co.nz or by phon­ing 0800 4 DairyNZ (0800 324 7969).

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