Keep heifer growth rates steady
You can use these on-line heifer growth charts to track heifer performance on your dairy.
Produce low-cost forages for heifers
Forages often make up a significant portion of the diets fed to heifers. And, it’s easy to forget just how much homegrown forages contribute to the cost of raising a heifer.
Chart the growth of heifers
Computer program allows you to chart height and weight of heifers and compare to others.
Is she eating your profits?
Here are three ways to stop heifers from taking a big bite out of your bottom line.
Wet distillers an option for heifers
Growing heifers performed well on a diet consisting of wet distillers grains and low-quality forage in a recent on-farm trial conducted by
Two feed sources for transition calves
Adding an extra source of feed helps heifer calves transition to headlocks without losing body weight.
Lower phosphorus in heifer diets
Study shows a lot of heifers receive too much phosphorus in their diets.
Don’t guess at heifer performance
You need more than a visual appraisal to accurately track how your heifers are doing.
Ruler helps judge wither height
Use this idea to help check and track heifer growth.
Rate of gain targets
When it comes to raising replacement heifers, keeping protein and energy in proper balance is key to rearing heifers that freshen at 24 months of age, weigh about 1,250 pounds after calving, and are at least 54 inches high at the withers, says Mike VandeHaar.
Prevent poor starts among fresh heifers
We’ve seen many fresh heifers recently with rough hair coats, rapid weight loss and too much metritis after calving.
Feed good-quality hay to heifers
At this heifer-growing operation feeding high-quality hay helps promote intake.
Reduce the phosphorus in heifer diets
Overfeeding phosphorus isn’t just a problem in lactating-cow rations. Heifer diets also provide excess levels, according to
Heifer feed bunk fundamentals
Use these five strategies to help weaned heifers adjust to a feed bunk.
Success with intensive feeding
Calves gained on average 1.6 pounds for day during the first four weeks of life.
Keep low-energy feeds on hand
Heifers raised in free-stall barns need some low-energy feeds.
Pre-fresh heifers need a separate transition diet
Are your pre-fresh heifers getting the energy they need for maintenance, growth and, eventually, milk production? Here's why you should separate them from your transition cows.