Good calf and heifer management is essential for any dairy or heifer-growing operation. Everything producers and calf growers do, from colostrum to calving, affects the health of their heifers, along with the bottom line of their business.

Calf and heifer management is time-consuming and expensive, and there’s only a small window of opportunity to get it right. That’s why it’s vital to do the right things to minimize disease and promote overall calf and heifer wellness.

The latest survey results of U.S. dairy heifer-growing operations done by the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) offer insights on calf and heifer management.² The results offer some key takeaways to help your calves reach their full lifetime productivity, including attention in the following areas:

  • Respiratory disease treatment
  • Colostrum management
  • Record-keeping
  • Ventilation