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Our information and resources provide you with information to help you grow heavier well-framed heifers.

Heifer management


Well grown heifers are more likely to realise their full potential for milk production and recover their rearing costs earlier. Industry data shows that many farms would benefit from better heifer rearing practices.

To learn more about calf and heifer management refer to the InCalf book 2nd edition pp. 31-51.

How to track your heifers 

Use our online Heifers on Target tools to check your heifers’ performance, growth rates, diets and target weights.

Weighing heifers is the best way to keep track of their progress, but if you don’t have scales you can use a girth tape or wither height measuring stick. 

On most farms, heifers need high quality supplements for at least 6 months of the year, so having a feed plan for your heifers should be a high priority. 

Rearing heifers off farm

You may decide to outsource your heifer rearing. Make sure that both parties are clear about their expectations and responsibilities by documenting these in a contract. 

View sample heifer rearing contract (PDF, 353KB) 


Major Initiatives

Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making.


DairyBase is a web-based tool that enables dairy farmers to measure and compare their farm business performance over time.

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