“We put a lot of money into genetics, but then if we don’t feed heifers enough you lose that genetic potential,” says Jon Robison, professor of dairy science at CaliforniaStateUniversity in Fresno. He offers these three rules for feeding growing heifers:

  • Always feed at a level that covers maintenance plus growth and development. 
  • Use a ration that supplies nutrient levels that parallels your heifers’ growth potential.
  • Make sure the nutrients are provided in a form that is appropriate and useable for the age of animal.