On-off grazing and feed pad help save pastures

Bruce Woods with some of his Jersey cows

Bay of Plenty dairy farmers Bruce and Judy Woods had limited options to increase milk production, as their 142ha dairy farm was land locked.

And with a stocking rate of 3.3 cows a hectare, they did not want to reduce cow numbers from 460. However, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of their business soon identified that, with 1,400-1,500mm rainfall annually, poaching was a big problem.

“We have had up to 3,000mm of rain in some years. Pasture losses can be 50% and it takes 18 months for the paddocks to recover,” says Mr Woods.

Read more here: http://www.fwi.co.uk/livestock/off-grazing-feed-pad-help-save-pastures.htm

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