Looking after young stock

To get a heifer to the point of calving, it costs an estimated $2000 in feed and maintenance. This is a significant investment for any dairy farm.

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 'Looking after young stock' 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