1 edition of More and better calves from your heifers. found in the catalog.
More and better calves from your heifers.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 37).
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In many cases, a confused or indifferent heifer will accept and bond with the calf after it nurses. If the heifer is kicking the calf, hobbling her hind legs for a few hours or for the first day or two until she stops kicking will allow the calf to nurse and she will become more motherly. If the heifer is aggressive, kicking and bunting the. Every week dairy breeders read about better ways to raise their heifers. Take care and precaution at birth, follow health protocols, feed them properly and calve them at 24 months. These are all topics contained in the dairy farm press or on the Internet. However for most breeders there are four significant things that stand out as being topics that still need breeder attention. In Bullvine.
A wet year would dilute the alkalinity towards a more neutral pH thereby promoting heifer calves by decreasing the number of surviving Y- sperm in vaginal secretions. It may be an oversimpliﬁcation to condemn alkaline water as the deﬁnitive cause for a higher percentage of bull calves. Calving at 26 months of age or more meant a herd needed more heifers, but many farms are now calving at 22 or 23 months. That one change alone means significantly fewer heifers are needed! In addition, better heifer breeding programs have helped reduce the range in age at calving on a farm, saving money on feeding those older heifers.
the pass is managing your first-calf heifers. First-calf heifers require special management strategies to help them wean a bigger calf, breed back sooner and improve their chances of staying in your herd longer. While calving can often be a major stressor on your heifers, more subtle stress may take its toll on them. Two-year-olds calve. About The Book. Rearing calves into heifers is a major investment in terms of money and labour. Your dual aims are to turn your heifer into a strong, productive dairy cow and to use labour, housing and feed efficiently. If you achieve these aims, you'll cut the costs of rearing per kilogram of milk.
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THE BETTER THE GENETICS, THE BETTER THE SCORE. AngusLink℠ Genetic Merit Scorecard is three simple scores that identify your calf crop’s genetic performance potential backed by the world’s most comprehensive genetic database.
Learn More. Managing heifers to breed with the second calf is one of the biggest if not the biggest challenge of heifer management." Because heifers take longer after calving to resume fertile cycles than mature cows, by calving heifers ahead of cows, it is more likely that they will have resumed cycling by the start of the next breeding season, Larson adds.
Calving heifers in a cow/calf model requires some thought and management. Lengthy book chapters have been written on replacement heifer development, sire selection, breeding and calving. Most of the information has a sound basis until we study and find we have strayed from the natural model.
Buying replacement heifers eliminates the need for a group of weaned to two-year-old heifers that consume resources but produce no calves. Facility, pasture, and lot space, as well as feed consumed by growing heifers, might be used more productively by cows that will produce a calf. Watch sale weights of culled mature cows from your herd to better estimate the needed size and weights for heifers in your program.
Most commercial herds have cows that average about pounds or more. This requires that the heifers from these cows must weigh at least pounds at the start of their first breeding season to expect a high.
Strive to maintain first-calf heifers at a body condition score of Anything less than this could result in reduced breed back rates. Remember, first-calf heifers are your most vulnerable animals – they’re lactating, they have a calf at side, and you’re trying to prepare them to breed back again.
They need extra energy and attention. Heifers Overconditioned heifers have higher maintenance costs, lower More and better calves from your heifers.
book efficiency and typically cost more to feed. Older heifers on lower-digestible forages may have a feed-to-gain ratio of 8-to-1 or worse. Higher-digestibility forage and/or grain-fed heifers may improve efficiency to 6-to Weaned calves and young heifers can be 3- to 4-to First-calf heifer calves do not have to be inferior.
A second "target weight" is to have bred heifers weigh 85% (about 1, pounds on 1, mature weight cows) of their mature weight prior to first calving. They should be in a body condition score of 5 or 6. After these heifers calve, we should take care of their nutritional requirements.
If feedlots know the cattle from a certain operation perform well, they are willing to pay more. These cattle get off to a better start, with fewer health problems, Gray says.
One way to add value to your calf crop is sorting the calves by sex and weight. A more uniform group of calves will attract more. Grussing lists these benefits: better control of genetics, background and disease; quality cannot be outsourced for the cost; confidence that heifers will be productive in your environment; large quantity of heifers needed; and high quality and quantity of resources (pen space, feed, equipment) available.
If you are selling heifers for $1, and the cost to raise them is $2, without even including the newborn calf value, your cow dairy would be losing $20, on your extra heifers.
One buyer took a load of heifers that were all AI bred, with heifer calves inside them, out of a very powerful bull, all due to calve about the same time. That added some value for him and he was able to pay us more money for those.
We have enough heifers that we can put a load together at a moment’s notice,” says Ashcraft. Keeping heifers out of first calf heifers increases that standard deviation. If you want to baby the mommas along and feed them and their calves harder, you can erase a lot of that disadvantage.
I usually do keep several replacements out of first calf heifers each year, and invariable most of my non-breeders predominantly come from those (not. Introduction. Well-grown dairy calves and heifers play an important role in the future success of all dairy farms. Being able to efficiently raise replacement dairy heifers or create an effective working relationship with a contracted dairy heifer grower is crucial to raising replacements that improve the performance of the dairy herd for years to come.
To ensure heifer calves become productive cows within 24 months of birth, consider these tips from this past summer's Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition Heifer Tour. "Today's economy does not automatically give every dairy heifer a lactation career opportunity," says Bob Corbett, a Spring City, Utah veterinarian.
A heifer that calves on time in her first and second calving season is more likely to keep a day calving interval throughout her reproductive life. Typically, virgin heifers are bred at months of age to achieve their first calving date at or around 24 months of age.
To begin with, each and every one of your cows knows which calf is hers – without an ear tag. If you are a commercial rancher (not raising registered cattle), you are NOT getting paid to ear tag your calves. I am not against putting identification ear tags in every animal – but it can be done when the calves are run through a chute for.
Heifers obviously experience more calving difficulty than do mature cows, and calves born from a difficult birth require special attention. Calves born from a difficult birth have lower heat production, take longer to stand and nurse, and may have a compromised immune system, so it is essential that these calves receive colostrum in a timely.
Dispersions are different, but a true dispersion of a reputation herd, the 5 yr olds will bring 80% of the bred heifer price. So to answer your question, 1 There's a helluva lot more heifers to choose from out there than cows.
2 Not all of them are bringing top dollar. Half are bringing less than average. As Isomade said, patience is key.
Calves and heifers should not be forgotten on a dairy farm. Their health and well-being is important. This page includes webinars, PowerPoint presentations, fact sheets and web links covering health, feeding programs, housing and more. Whether you raise your replacement heifers on your farm or send them to a calf raising facility raising heifers that are ready to be productive 1 st lactation cows is important.
Here are five tips.Steps help prevent calf and heifer pneumonia Septem Is there a missing link in your calf and heifer pneumonia management program? There are several steps for pneumonia management.
Having one without the other can compromise overall dairy wellness and future productivity. More >.Developing replacement heifers is one of the more intense enterprises in the traditional cow–calf system.
Heifers grown to 65% of mature bodyweight by 15 months of age must grow at an average of – lb/day to achieve bodyweight goals and puberty before the breeding season.