Retaining the correct number and best quality of replacement heifers can be a critical profitability factor in today’s dairy economy. Penn State University Dairy Extension has published a guide to using herd data to manage replacement heifer inventories.
The paper provides guidelines forcalculating and monitoring:
- Number of heifers needed to maintain current herd size
- How many heifers can be expected annually
- Genomics data to identify the heifers with both the greatest and lowest genetic potential