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.

Download the 'Keeping your young stock on their growth curve' fact sheet.

Key messages

  • Heifers need to be actively managed, not just left in a paddock
  • Heifers are the most important animals on the farm
  • As soon as paddock feed quality decreases, start feeding replacement heifers