Combat winter's chill
Don't let cold stress slow your heifer growth rates.
How to manage cold-stress situations
If you find heifers not gaining as much weight as you planned due to cold stress, use the following steps to change their environment and their diet.
Heifers may not benefit from DCAD
A Michigan State University study, reported in the September 2000 Journal of Dairy Science, suggests that first-calf heifers do not benefit from a negative DCAD diet prior to calving.
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.
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.
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.
- Penn State Dairy Cattle Nutrition – Heifers
- University of Minnesota – Calves and Heifers
- Penn State University Heifer Growth Spreadsheets