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Dairy Australia heifer management programs have been tailored to farmers wanting to create a balance that will have positive outcomes not just for farm outputs, but also animal health and welfare.

Heifer management

Heifers on Target discussion groups

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.

If you are interested in learning more about getting your heifers on target, Dairy Australia provides Heifers on Target workshops.

Contact your RDP to register your interest in attending.

RDP Contacts

DairyNSW

Dairy NSW
info@dairynsw.com.au
tel: 1800 270 778

Western Dairy

Western Dairy
esther@westerndairy.com.au
tel: 0429 110 485

Murray Dairy

Murray Dairy
admin@murraydairy.com.au
tel: 583 35312

WestVic Dairy

WestVic Dairy
amanda@westvicdairy.com.au
tel: 555 71000

GippsDairy GippsDairy
info@gippsdairy.com.au
tel: 562 43900
Subtropical Dairy Subtropical Dairy
brad@subtropicaldairy.com.au
tel: 0431 197 479
DairyTas DairyTas
admin@dairytas.net.au
tel: 643 22233
DairySA DairySA
info@dairysa.com.au
tel: 0408 951 695

Heifers on Target feed plan

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. The Heifers on Target is a downloadable guide outlining the benefits of having well-grown heifers reared on good nutritional management and monitoring.

Heifers on Target Guide to growing more productive heifers (PDF, 867KB)

Heifers on Target calculator

Use our online Heifers on Target tools to:

  • Check if your heifers are likely to reach their target weights
  • Estimate the extra production if your heifers reach 85% of mature cow production
  • Work out the impact of losing heifers early from your herd
  • Calculate growth rates required to achieve target heifer weights
  • Check whether your heifers' diet is likely to achieve the optimal growth rates
  • Produce a target weight chart for your own heifers

Outsourcing heifer rearing?

If you're thinking about outsourcing your heifer rearing, make sure that both parties are clear about their expectations and responsibilities by documenting these in a contract.

Sample heifer rearing contract (PDF, 353KB)

For more information on calf and heifer management, read pages 31-51 of the InCalf book 2nd edition.

Initiatives

Dairy Feed tools

Dairy Feed Tools is a complete feed management toolset for dairy farmers and managers. Feed planning, cost and resource management backed by Australian feed and pasture data to most accurately reflect the needs of your herd

Hay and grain reports

The hay and grain report is commissioned by Dairy Australia to provide an independent and timely assessment of hay and grain markets in each dairying region. The report is updated 40 weeks per year.

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