If you decide to send your heifer calves to a professional heifer grower, make sure that you sign a contract at the outset of your relationship. That way, both of you know what to expect.

Don Gardner, veterinarian and professional heifer grower, suggests:

  • Spell out the grower’s responsibility to the producer, and vice versa.
  • Specify the number of AI services required before a clean-up bull can be used.
  • Determine arrival and return criteria for animals. 
  • Decide who will transport animals to and from the grower’s facility.
  • Establish a payment program and protocols for delinquent payments.
  • Specify acceptable death losses.
  • Discuss whose insurance covers what.
  • Set culling parameters.
  • Identify who pays for veterinary cost and health supplies.