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Realising your herd’s potential – breeding goals

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Decisions on how a heifer is managed, the genetics she is born with, and her age at first calving, will determine whether that animal becomes a business asset.

Rearing heifers requires significant upfront investment; it costs 2.31 a day or 1,819.01 on average to rear a dairy heifer replacement. Payback takes at least until the middle of her second lactation. By managing a heifer well and predicting her ability earlier, you can control your expenditure by adapting breeding approach based on heifer quality.

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