Raising Dairy Replacements:Heifer Fundamentals

Dairy July 22, 2010 Print Friendly and PDF

Heifer Fundamentals is a chapter from the book Raising Dairy Replacements.

The primary focus of rearing heifers is to grow and develop heifers as quickly and cost effectively as possible without negatively influencing animal health and lifetime productivity. When developing heifer management plans, it is important to understand key management concepts such as heifer growth, mammary development, puberty, calving age, and body weight at calving.

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Hoffman, Patrick C. 2003. Heifer Fundamentals. In:Raising Dairy Replacements. Hoffman, Patrick C. and Rhonda Plourd eds. Midwest Plan Service:Ames, Iowa.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.