Posted on December 26, 2017 in Starting Strong - Calf Care
By Dr. Noah Litherland, Vita Plus dairy youngstock technical specialist
Heifer weight at calving is an important determinant of first lactation performance. Our goal is to achieve 82 percent of mature size to achieve 80 percent of mature cow milk yield. Having a plan and setting benchmarks for heifer growth and development is key to successful replacement heifer development. The list below summarizes phases of growth and target weight at the end of each growth phase, as well as important highlights and factors that affect growth in each phase.