Survey reveals the top reasons why dairy producers turn to custom-heifer growers.

Expansion is the main reason why dairy producers use custom-heifer growers, according to a survey of 65 heifer growers across 23 states.

Respondents were asked to comment on the reason why their clients sent heifers to them. According to their responses, 91 percent of dairy operations expanded their herd size after outsourcing their heifers. Lack of heifer facilities, management time and labor were the next most-common reasons. Results of the survey appeared in the September Journal of Dairy Science.