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.