Category: Calf/Heifer

Fine-tune your calf barn cleaning procedures

August 7, 2017

What sets farms with great calf health apart from those that struggle to get calves started? Sanitation. It is a bigger investment of time than money and is certainly near the top of the list of important criteria for getting calves off to a good start. The fewer disease-causing organisms the calf is exposed to, […]

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The Cost to Calving Springing Heifers After 24 Months

November 29, 2016

The best age to calve a first calf heifer is 24 months. Or is it? Every month I look at calving data from thousands of animals and I have come to find that it really depends. In every herd’s youngstock program, there is a point that growing a heifer one month longer yields them no […]

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Calving Heifers at 21 Months: Real Dollars, Really Achievable

April 13, 2016

Calving first lactation females on your dairy earlier than you currently do today can challenge your thinking.  Some might not even think it’s possible. To shave a month or two, in some cases 3 months off the average age at first calving can seem like a monumental if not impossible change for a dairy to […]

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PerFourMax 21 Heifer Program

March 21, 2016

Form-A-Feed’s new PerFourMax 21 Heifer Program was created based on goals to raising healthier heifers, calving earlier, with faster payback. The basic principles to the PerFourMax21 Heifer Program are: 1. Metabolizable Protein (MP) optimization for growth. 2. Complete macro and micronutrient fortification for a lifetime of health. 3. Body condition management for breeding and calving on […]

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What happens when heifers fail to meet growth goals?

March 4, 2016

Most dairy producers want their heifers to grow bigger and faster, but how often are we actually reaching those goals?  If your heifers are not reaching growth goals, you could be sacrificing health, productivity, cost, and calving age. To raise healthier and faster growing heifers (from birth to calving), that will calve at the correct […]

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