Mon­i­tor farms proac­tive man­ag­ing fi­nances

Con­tin­ues its se­ries pro­mot­ing and high­light­ing the work of the P3 Trust on the Hau­raki Plains.

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What’s been hap­pen­ing this week? Wayne Stachurski re­ports in.

Pas­ture growth rates have moved up into the 60-70+ kgDM/ ha/d on most of the mon­i­tor farms pre­sent­ing an op­por­tu­nity to shut out sur­plus pas­ture for silage.

Har­vest­ing is be­ing done only a short time af­ter pad­docks have been skipped by the herd. Qual­ity is high and pad­docks quickly re­turn to the graz­ing round.

Those plant­ing sum­mer crops have fi­nally beaten the wet soil con­di­tions and have all their seed in the ground. Fol­low-up with slug bait, post-emer­gence weed spray and crop fer­tiliser are on the ‘‘to do’’ list to en­sure quick es­tab­lish­ment and growth.

Mon­i­tor farm­ers are proac­tive with man­ag­ing their fi­nances. Here is a sam­ple of com­ments this week on bud­get re­view and banker meet­ings: ‘‘Bi-monthly re­view at least, meet­ing with bank next week’’; ‘‘Cash­flows are reg­u­larly mon­i­tored against an­nual bud­get, our next meet­ing is booked for early De­cem­ber’’; ‘‘Need to do it shortly, look at op­tions for sur­plus $, or sav­ings to make if it’s not where it should be’’; ‘‘Once AB is fin­ished, no is­sues at the mo­ment’’; ‘‘Re­viewed bud­gets a cou­ple of weeks ago, met our banker a month ago, spoke with the ac­coun­tant and have an­other bank catch-up booked for next week’’.

So­matic cell counts across the five farms cur­rently av­er­age about 133,000/ml. The range is 100 - 228. These are good num­bers in­di­cat­ing low lev­els of mas­ti­tis in­fec­tion in their herds.

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