Managing pregnant heifers: Monitor, monitor, monitor!
By Terry Batchelder, Dairy Technical Specialist
After the time and attention that has been invested in raising and breeding heifers, it can be easy to transition heifers to the pregnant pen and put them on autopilot until calving. This story covers the critical things that need to be monitored during this time period to ensure we are on target to meet dairy goals, and that those goals align to being a profitable dairy farm.
Terry Batchelder, Cargill Dairy Technical Specialist, discusses how monitoring the amount of heifers you’re raising and their growth can help you manage profitability on your dairy. Read the breakdown in the original Progressive Dairyman article here. You can also download this tool that will help you determine how many replacement heifers are needed to maintain herd size, based on age at first calving (AFC) and cull rate.