Keeping young stock on their growth curve
Heifers present a significant investment on dairy farms. At the point of calving, it is estimated that a heifer has cost the dairy farm owner approximately $2,000 - $2,500 when all of the costs associated with rearing heifers are accounted for.
Research shows that the most profitable heifers calve at 24 months or less, and are well-grown from day one. Heifers that reach their target weights excel in both production and fertility, with benefits that carry over from season to season.