- Have you begun your pasture renovation program to make the most of home grown feed? Autumn is the time to get the foundations in to make the most of the coming season.
- Getting soil tests done could be money well spent as knowing exactly what your farm requires will help ensure every dollar spent is worthwhile.
- Remember to leave enough time for the pasture to establish itself, rather than grazing it as soon as there is some greenness and then suffering through the winter due to the pasture not performing well.
- Check if the liners need to be replaced – Countdown Down Under recommends they should be replaced after 2,500 cow milkings.
- Make sure the plate cooler is working properly and you are using the coldest water source possible. Check the condense fins are clean and not blocked with debris.
- Check the ration of all stock classes on the farm. Are their requirements being met? Pay particular attention to the feed requirements of your autumn calving cows. They need more feed (and of a higher quality) compared to the spring calving cows in the herd.
- Monitor freshly-calved autumn cows for mastitis.
- Feed quality supplements to dairy heifers. Advice from InCalf suggests that heavier, well-framed heifers get in calf easier, produce more milk in their lifetime, need less help at calving and cope better with herd competition
- Irrigators should check soil moisture levels to ensure things have not dried out more than expected. If required, the last irrigation can really help build a pasture feed wedge.
- Clean out your effluent pond to create maximum storage capacity for the coming season's rainfall.
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