Heifer Rearing

Are your heifers achieving their target weights?

Are your heifers achieving their target weights?

September and October are crucial times of the year for heifer rearing on dairy farms. You should now determine if...

September 24, 2021

Reducing calving age linked to 13% increase in lifetime dairy cow performance

Reducing calving age linked to 13% increase in lifetime dairy cow performance

Northern Ireland farmers are costing themselves thousands in additional heifer rearing costs by calving on average four and a half...

September 15, 2021

Are your heifers achieving their targets?

Are your heifers achieving their targets?

One of the biggest causes of heifers not going in-calf is due to them failing to reach target weights throughout...

July 10, 2021

Getting your dairy heifer calves to target weight

Getting your dairy heifer calves to target weight

The heifer of today will be the cow of tomorrow, but the considerable time lag between birth and first calving,...

May 1, 2021

Avoiding stress on replacement heifers at weaning

Avoiding stress on replacement heifers at weaning

Poor conception rates in replacement heifers are often due to heifers being underweight by the start of the breeding season....

April 14, 2021

Calving at 24 months for optimum economic and lifetime performance

Calving at 24 months for optimum economic and lifetime performance

In order to maintain dairy herd size and performance, it is necessary to have a good supply of quality heifers...

February 22, 2021

New research reveals what the optimum age at first calving is

New research reveals what the optimum age at first calving is

There are many different opinions out there on what the age at first calving should or shouldn’t be. Although the...

December 1, 2019

‘Farmers need to look at how many dairy-bred heifers they need on their farm’

‘Farmers need to look at how many dairy-bred heifers they need on their farm’

“We think that once dairy farmers have bred the replacement heifers that they need, they can go on to use...

April 22, 2019

The essential components of a contract rearing contract

The essential components of a contract rearing contract

Contract rearing is an up and coming epidemic within the agricultural industry. A vital part of entering into a contract...

March 10, 2019

‘Heifer rearing is a hidden cost on many dairy farms’

‘Heifer rearing is a hidden cost on many dairy farms’

Heifer rearing is a significant cost of dairy production, but there is a fine balance between controlling rearing costs and...

September 17, 2016