Heifer feeding options plentiful
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Limit-fed heifers generate less manure
Imagine 10 pounds less manure per heifer per day. That was one result of a study reported in the February Journal of Dairy Science.
Teach young heifers to graze
See how this producer trains young heifers to be good, efficient grazers.
Heifers do well on alternative proteins
A new study shows post-weaned heifers get good gains when fed grain mixes containing dried distillers grains or urea.
Heifers sort feed, too
When given the chance, heifers will sort their feed — just like lactating cows.
Abrupt weaning hurts growth
Going “cold turkey” at weaning is stressful on all calves.
Self-feeders work well in heifer barns
This automated system delivers grain from an outside bin to the heifers’ troughs when it is needed.
Do you feed your heifers enough?
Here are three rules of thumb you should keep in mind when feeding heifers.
Fenceline hay feeder saves pasture
Check out this design that allows round-bale feeding without the use of traditional round-bale feeders.
Grow her fast without the worry
Learn the answers to your questions about rapid growth between three months and puberty, and its impact on mammary development and future milk yield.
Does laminitis start at weaning?
How you feed heifers at weaning may set them up for future lameness problems, according to preliminary research from
Set limits on gains before puberty
How fast can you grow heifers before puberty without hurting first-lactation milk yield?
Build your heifer supply
Put these two ideas to work on your farm in order to help grow your heifer supply from WITHIN the dairy.
Control variation in heifer feed calls
Consider adopting this tool from the beef feedlot industry to help reduce variation in feed delivery.
Special diet prevents fat heifers
Learn how these dairy producers keep their heifers growing well without getting too fat.
Pair corn stalks with wet distillers for heifers
Otherwise your heifers could get too fat.
Raise good heifers at less cost
A study by a custom heifer grower in Minnesota shows you can get good rates of gain with less cost by utilizing rotational grazing.
Build a complete heifer system
An intensive feeding program can get your calves off to a great start. However, if you want to keep building on those gains you need to build a complete heifer growth system to meet your goals.