Monitoring growth

Published 23 February 15

Measuring the growth rate of youngstock provides useful information on how well they are growing. It is also an indirect method of monitoring the efficiency of feed conversion. Meeting growth rate targets ensures maximum return on your investment.

The key to successfully rearing heifers for a 24 month calving is to maximise weight gain without creating over-fat heifers.

Research and experience confirm that heifer growth rates are best set as a percentage of mature weight and size within breed and herd.

It is important to base your targets on a percentage of the mature size of a number of 2nd and 3rd lactation cows within the herd.