Monitor farms proactive managing finances
Continues its series promoting and highlighting the work of the P3 Trust on the Hauraki Plains.
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.