Reducing heifer wastage in the dairy herd

Project details
The aim of this project was to provide recommendations to farmers on ways to maximise heifer productivity.

The report identifies ways of reducing calf losses:

Around calving

During the rearing period

Ensuring optimal growth

Improving heifer fertility

Completion Date
September 2008

Lead Contractor
Royal Veterinary College

Funders
DairyCo

Related products and resources
By using data from collaborating farmers and the University of Reading research herd, the key issues were analysed and allowed recommendation to be formulated for dairy farmers that should reduce heifer losses and improve cost of production. The report provides guidance on how this may be achieved.

DairyCo also have a heifer rearing calculator which enables you to enter your farm costs and look at the effect of different systems on cost to first calving.

For further information please contact jenny.gibbons@dairyco.ahdb.org.uk