Critical Factors For Modern Heifer Facilities

Critical Factors For Modern Heifer Facilities
1/12/2017

When determining where you want your herd to be in 5, 10 or 15 years, you should have a plan for housing heifers. It is just as important as projecting for future milking-herd facility needs. When defining what your heifer-housing plan should llok like, you should take into consideration the following factors that are changing in the U.S. dairy industry:

  • Sexed Semen
  • Data-Driven Strategies
  • Technology / Grouping
  • Animal welfare
  • Linkages

While the current practice in most operations is to group heifers according to age, recently reserach has advised grouping based on weight instead. That includes breeding based on physical dimensions versus age. To view a full presentation, including detailed structural diagrams of heifer facilities, click here.

Tags: Heifer Management