Well grown heifers calving at two years will bring management benefits and free up the unit’s resources. Fact.
If you have a block calving herd, then two year calving
- allows the heifers to calve down in line with the rest of the herd, rather than having to hold them, for example for another six months until the next block calves
- helps to maintain a compact calving pattern
Two year calving helps to:
- Make the most cost effective use of feed ingredients: Feed Conversion Efficiency is highest in the first eight weeks of life after which it rapidly tails off. In the first two weeks, 100g of feed will give approximately 50g – 60g of growth, thereafter it dramatically falls during the first 12 months to approximately 9g of growth from 100g of feed
- reduce bedding requirements
- free up accommodation earlier in the rearing shed
- reduce grazing requirements
- reduce overall labour requirements
If you would like to know more about growing better heifers which in turn will improve your herd’s overall efficiency, then have a look at our resources.
The programme enables you to create your own heifer road map which sets individual farm objectives and helps you to track performance and continually review to ensure each animal is on target to reach puberty by 9 months, first breeding by 13 to 14 months, in calf by 15 months and calving on target at 24 months.