27 November 2019 Farm Focus Day5/11/2019
25 September 2019 Farm Focus Day30/09/2019
60 attendees heard about our 2019 season to date:
Season so far: More milk from more home grown feed - 2,240kgMS more milk, spent $10k less than budget YTD and have highest ever BCS going into mating.
Accurate soil testing: Adding Total N tests to the 7 blocks soil sampled annually. This allows us to align the most efficient N use strategy with each soil block.
Plan for mating: 100 Sexed semen straws for top 80% BW cows, Wagyu straws for the bottom 20% and all cows cycling in weeks 5-7. From week 8 to the end of mating cows will receive short gestation dairy semen.
Study of time and tasks on farm: We are monitoring hours towards our goal of 45hr/week/person (average for the year). We also analysed time and tasks on farm through spring to identify the areas where we are spending the most time and look at options to reduce these. Movement of cows to and from milking is our first priority.
September Focus Day - Season update, Repro, People, Fertiliser25/09/2019
Owl Farm Focus Day Wednesday, 25 September
Spring production, profit and performance
Systems and processes for all AB
Study of time and tasks at Owl Farm this spring
Owl Farm Fertiliser Plan
Decision rules, what products, when and why?
Includes Lunch; All Welcome
Venue – Owl Farm
St Peter’s School, 1716 Cambridge Road,
Old SH1, Cambridge
May Focus Day - Season review and Repro22/05/2019
Owl Farm Focus Day Wednesday, 22 May
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Season Wrap and Repro Focus
More milk from fewer cows, less homegrown feed in Autumn and the same bought in feed
Profit impact of cost changes, dry weather effects and paying off principal
Higher in-calf rate, lower not-in-calf rate and then Neospora
DairyNZ’s animal model and research in the fertility BV
Includes lunch, All Welcome
Venue – Owl Farm
St Peter’s School, 1716 Cambridge road,
Old SH1, Cambridge
New demonstration Manager20/05/2019
Afternoon Owl Farm followers! We have to regretfully announce that our Demonstration Manager Louise Cook is off to greener (if somewhat colder) pastures at the Southern Dairy Hub in Invercargill.
This week will be Louise’s 9th and last Focus Day with us since she started in April 2017. She has definitely left her mark on Owl farm with her love of data, addiction to spreadsheets and massive passion for helping find sustainable farm systems. Her pictures, info and enthusiasm will be missed, but the good work she and Tom have done in the past 2 years will definitely continue.
Stay tuned for updates as we work through the process of replacing Louise. For now, a few of our favourite pics of her and the adventures at Owl Farm.
Greenhouse Gas at the March Focus Day 20195/03/2019
DairyNZ GHG Partner Farm Project launch 10am-12pm
Owl Farm Performance and Season Update 12.30pm
Public Open Day - Owl Farm15/02/2019
• Explore the ways we are working to protect the environment;
• Everyone can change water quality! Join our Community planting event,
help us grow plants to protect waterways.
• Meet our cows and some really friendly calves.
• See cows being milked throughout the day.
• See what it takes to prepare a gourmet meal for cows
Plus loads more...
Free sausage sizzle and ice-creams
Coffee available to purchase
This day promises to be fun for the whole family so chuck on your gummies andgummies and
come along for what will be an awesome day down on the farm.
Focus Day November 21 201826/10/2018
87 attendees heard about a World Markets update from Westpac Economist Anne Boniface.
The information discussed is in the Westpac Fortnightly Agri-update. Impacts of global demand and supply, what's really happening plus the impact and potential changes in the strength of the kiwi dollar.
Maximising Summer Performance was discussed in a Workshop session sharing ideas on tactics and trigger points to hit key targets.
the topics for consideration involved:
Current Season Update
Less cows are making more milk, 94% of the herd submitted in 3 weeks of AB, 4 times last year’s spring silage made. Holding cows over 2kgMS/cow/day has been a standout highlight of the season with less brought0in feed used to achieve this. Having strong decision rules around how we wanted to oerate the farm was a key to seeing these results.
Key decision rules Sep - Oct
September 19 2018 Focus Day3/09/2018
Farmer Focus Day 76 attendees heard about our 2019:
Finance and financials!1/08/2018
Our year end financials are now uploaded, plus this year's forecast and actual figures so far.
Feel free to have a read and compare against your own figures, we're always keen to hear how we compare and where you see room for our improvement.
May 23 Owl Farm Focus Day2/05/2018
Focus Day May 23
An excellent day, where we stayed dry for the most part and brought the cows to the people!
Our Final Focus day for the dairy season. Morning tea at 10.15am and event kick off 10.30am. Plus our famous Hot Lunch at 12.30!
Time for the round up on the 2018 Season, we'll be all done and dusted and looking at some interim profit figures.
Fertiliser focus - three years of fertility change on the farm to optimise soil tests. And how you can use less Nitrogen to grow the same amount of grass.
A year of putting plantain into paddocks - what have we learned?
What does the Healthy Rivers Plan Variation mean for Owl Farm?