Field day, Simplifying Your System, Horsham Downs, Waikato, 2nd November

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Our hosts, Jamie and Kate Haultain, are sharemilking 240 cows on a 75 ha system 2 farm. They enjoy crunching numbers, and use DairyBase, so Phil Irvine, DairyNZ, will look into how their business stacks up against others in the region, the key numbers to focus on, and the factors that have influenced their results.

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Once a day milking

Jamie and Kate introduced OAD last season, and have been impressed by the results. Matamata farmer, Cam Houghton, has also been full season OAD for over five years after using it for his youngstock for many years. They will outline why they shifted to OAD, how they transitioned, how they have benefitted, any challenges they encountered and how they managed them.

Phil runs the DairyNZ OAD discussion group and will talk about the main factors involved in shifting to OAD, and its pros and cons.

Making your mating period short and sweet

Jamie and Kate had a successful breeding season last year, winning Anexa’s Top Reproductive Performance Award, with a 87% 6 week in-calf rate and a 9% empty rate after a 7 week mating period. However, it can be difficult to get good results from a short mating period. Katrina Roberts, Anexa, will delve into the reasons for the Haultains’ success, and will describe the key reproductive indicators, how to assess your performance, and the practical implications of your findings.

Free event, all welcome

Morning tea: 10.15 am

Main program: 10.30 am – 1 pm (followed by lunch)

Covid and taking care of each other

We want everyone to stay safe while they enjoy this event. With this in mind, if you are attending, please wear a mask (we have some spare ones if you forget to bring yours), maintain social distancing (1 m apart), and when you arrive sign in using the QR code and our attendance sheet. If you are feeling unwell please stay home.

Event Details

Date: November 02, 2021

Start time: 10:15 a.m.

End time: 01:00 p.m.

Venue: Jamie and Kate Haultain, 366 Bankier Rd, Horsham Downs, S/N 72632

Email: [email protected]

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