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Pasture based farming is most profitable when the pastures are managed to provide the highest quality feed at all periods during the season, maximising the amount of pasture grown and eaten.
The Southland winter-spring, with prolonged incessant rain, cold wind and low sunshine hours, have depressed grass growth well below normal.
Nothing competes with grass when it comes to cost effective feed. But when grass supply is short, ProGibb SG is the next best thing, says Farmlands Manawatu field manager Mike McLean.
Keeping tight control of pasture growth in spring and autumn could help drystock profitability, according to Northland pastoral farming specialists.
Many farms are running with lower than target average pasture covers (APC) this time of the year. The months of June and July were cooler than normal so pasture growth rates have not been where they would normally be.
The dairy industry’s ongoing volatility coupled with a cold wet winter in many parts of the country has highlighted the real value of New Zealand’s pasture based system.
Weeks of frost have knocked pasture cover on Lincoln University’s Dairy Farm and the South Canterbury Tactics for Tight Times (TTT) focus farm is no different.
Leaders of a three-year trial into the relative profitability of palm kernel expresser (PKE), cropping or pasture-only systems think a system using pasture and PKE should bring the most returns.
So-called sacrifice paddocks are a last resort option for protecting wet pasture from the effects of stock trampling in winter.