Accelerated Growth for Dairy Heifers : I ’ d Rather Bet on Blackjack

@inproceedings{Vandehaar2002AcceleratedGF,
  title={Accelerated Growth for Dairy Heifers : I ’ d Rather Bet on Blackjack},
  author={Michael J Vandehaar},
  year={2002}
}
The cost of raising Holstein heifers to first calving at 24 months is about $1,200, which is about 15 to 20% of the total costs for a dairy enterprise consisting of cows and replacement heifers. Many consultants have focused on trying to decrease the cost of raising heifers as a means to increase farm profitability. One way to decrease these costs is “accelerate” the growth and breeding of heifers so they calve earlier; in fact, some suggestions for age at first calving are as early as 20… CONTINUE READING