The USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System is conducting the nation’s first study of U.S. dairy heifer-raising operations. This study will describe current management practices used on heifer-raising facilities and identify future challenges facing the industry.

Dairy operations from 21 states are invited to participate in the study. States include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Participation in all NAHMS studies is voluntary. If you choose to participate,  you will be asked to complete a single questionnaire, which will be administered by a federal or state animal health official from April 1 through Aug. 31. If you are interested in participating in this study, contact the appropriate animal health official in your state. If you are not sure whom to contact, call Abby Fienhold at (866) 907–8190. She will coordinate your participation with your state’s study coordinator.

If you raised dairy heifers during 2010 for at least one operation other than your own, you are eligible to participate in this study.

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