Once a calf is weaned, most health problems are over. It is then necessary to decide on a desirable growth rate and to feed the most economical sources of energy, protein, minerals and vitamins to satisfy those requirements. Nutritional requirements and intake capacity change over time. Heifers less than one year of age . . . → Read More: Dairy Heifer Feeding and Housing
IMPORTANCE OF GROWTH RATE
Heifer growth rate is an indicator of management level. Feeding, housing and other management needs are constantly changing between birth and first calving.
Heifer growth should be monitored for multiple reasons:
To avoid delays in sexual maturity and first calving due to slow growth; To determine whether heifers are overfed . . . → Read More: Dairy Heifer Growth Rate