Animal Agriculture Podcast

Heifer Development

August 18, 2021 Nutra Blend Season 2 Episode 31
Animal Agriculture Podcast
Heifer Development
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Animal Agriculture Podcast
Heifer Development
Aug 18, 2021 Season 2 Episode 31
Nutra Blend

On today's episode, John Ratzenberger sits down with Diamond V's Dr. Gavin Staley to discuss how a dairy farmer knows when to breed virgin heifers. On many dairies the decision is entirely based on if the heifers look “big” enough, reach a certain age, or the pen is getting crowded and they need to move on. But the critical question should be when are they mature? Today we’ll talk about how breeding immature heifers has a profoundly negative impact on the entire herd’s future productivity. Join us for this week's episode of Nutra Blend's Animal Agriculture podcast! 

Show Notes

On today's episode, John Ratzenberger sits down with Diamond V's Dr. Gavin Staley to discuss how a dairy farmer knows when to breed virgin heifers. On many dairies the decision is entirely based on if the heifers look “big” enough, reach a certain age, or the pen is getting crowded and they need to move on. But the critical question should be when are they mature? Today we’ll talk about how breeding immature heifers has a profoundly negative impact on the entire herd’s future productivity. Join us for this week's episode of Nutra Blend's Animal Agriculture podcast!