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rearing heifers

Rearing Heifers Farming Note

Heifers are the future of your herd and time spent ensuring they reach targets effectively and efficiently will pay dividends when they enter the herd. A typical 150 cow herd, rearing its own replacements to calve at 2 years, will have around £30,000 tied up in rearing heifers. Kingshay Dairy Manager figures show that 16% fail to survive into their second lactation. 

This Farming Note covers:

  • Target aims for your youngstock
  • Optimal diet choice
  • Calving weights
  • Rationing rules
  • Growth rates at grass

Issued April 2009.

About Kingshay Farming Notes

Since 1991 Kingshay has been publishing Farming Notes on issues critical to the success of a modern dairy farm business. These briefings provide dairy farmers, large animal vets, farm consultants and other interested parties with the most important and timely information in a concise two-page format. The information contained in our Farming Notes is written and updated by our experts to ensure accuracy and save you time.

A selection of Farming Notes are available to buy individually from our online shop. To gain access to all our Farming Notes become a Kingshay member.

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