08 Sep 2014 11 16 AM
posted by Richard Rolfe
A lift in temperatures has seen a jump in growth rates, which could well be the second peak of the season. September often brings a boost to both growth rates and quality. Dry matters have only lifted slightly (+ 0.78%) and ME has remained unchanged, which is consistent with the previous 4 years’ ME averages, all keeping either as high eleven or early twelve ME’s through September and beginning of October.
However, as previously mentioned, don’t be fooled by the higher grass qualities - intake is key. Potential DMI has dropped by 2.15kg which has impacted on the potential milk yield loss, now down to 3.35 litres from grass. NDF has also risen by 3.23%, which should help any butterfat depression, but may also limit potential intakes further.