Cool advice for hot summers on the farm
While the jury is out on whether or not a drought is on the agenda, Waikato Times Farmer thought it timely to get some hot tips for hot times from top minds. reports. and have a plan in the top drawer in case your sunny outlook is reflected in the weather.
The DairyNZ Dry Summer Management Guide is available at dairynz.co.nz.
Be sun- smart and help your cows be sun-smart too. Score your paddocks for heat risk. Go to coolcows. com. au for help with this. Watch for signs of heat stress in your herd and take action.
North Island farmers alarmed at the reappearance of the distinctive feeding notches of the adult clover root weevil and the number of larvae in the soil can relax. The tiny Irish wasp, the biocontrol agent introduced to control the weevil, is up to the task and no more releases are required in the North Island.
Farmers wishing to retain clovers and optimise the biocontrol agent in their pastures are advised to do the following:
Take a ‘‘ little and often’’ approach to nitrogen applications Don’t let pastures become rank Ensure sufficient cover in summer to protect the vulnerable clover shoots from the sun.
Farmers should be particularly cautious with water use over summer. Make sure your irrigation system is designed for your particular farm, and use the correct operating practices to ensure efficient water use.
Keep sunblock in the cow shed for your staff. Make sure you have shade for your animals. Maintain your water pump.