Aim for zero feed refusal
“There’s no reason (why) we should overfeed heifers,” says Greg Bethard, of G&R Dairy Consulting in Wytheville, Va.
Feed heifers for a smooth transition
Springing heifers have unique nutrient requirements and should be managed accordingly to maximize productivity during their first lactation, says Noah Litherland, University of Minnesota extension dairy nutritionist.
De-oiled distillers grains OK for heifers
Distillers grains that are processed for reduced oil content may be “a viable option” for replacement heifer rations, according to a new Purdue University study.
Heifer feeding behavior studied
Young dairy heifers fed a total mixed ration of grain concentrate and chopped grass hay sorted their feed less and ate a more balanced diet throughout the day compared to heifers offered concentrate separately from the hay or top-dressed on it, according to a Canadian study in the March 2009 issue of the Journal of Dairy Science.
Study examines ammonia emissions from heifers
Ammonia emissions from the manure of heifers fed a high-concentrate diet were no different than those released from the manure of heifers fed a low-concentrate diet.
Back off on phosphorus
Many feed ingredients in heifer diets contain plenty of phosphorus, which makes it difficult to keep phosphorus levels in the diet within recommendations.
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Straw in heifer diets studied
Straw in the diet of growing heifers “strongly influences” sorting behavior, according to Canadian research in the July Journal of Dairy Science .
New publication compiles latest dairy research
What is the best way to grow a dairy heifer? “It depends,” is the overtired response. But researchers at several leading universities attempted to quantify that answer in the recent publication, “Heifer Growth and Economics: Target Growth.”
One of the most disappointing events on a dairy farm occurs when a calf is born dead.
Step up nutrition to meet genetic potential
The practice of genetic selection for higher milk production is another reason to reassess your nutrition program for heifers, says Bennet Cassell, Virginia Tech dairy scientist.
Graze heifers on winter annual forages