Feed good-quality hay to heifers

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These newly weaned heifer calves are eating hay with a relative feed value of 150. High-quality hay is part of the success formula at Lynn Neer’s contract heifer-growing operation in Belleville, Pa. Not all of the hay he feeds is as high as 150 relative feed value, but close. For years, Neer milked cows, and always saved the best hay for the milk cows. Now, he sees the benefit for young stock, as well. High-quality hay promotes intake. “If you don’t have intake, you don’t have growth,” Neer says.

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