Focus on heifer size to determine age at breeding

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U.S. dairy producers continue to focus on calving heifers at an earlier age, but as with any goal, there’s still room for improvement. Research shows time and again that calving heifers into the herd between 22 and 24 months of age provides multiple benefits to the dairy, including greater production, more income generation and increased asset turnover ratio. To achieve the goal of earlier calving, producers must manage heifers to reach breeding size sooner.

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