Heifer rearing cost calculator

Explore how changes in your rearing regime might affect costs

This tool helps you input your costings under three distinct rearing periods; birth to weaning, weaning to six months and six months to calving.

You can then explore how changes in the rearing regime might affect these costs; for example, reducing the age at first calving from 27 to 24 months.

The replacement heifers on the farm today are tomorrow's milking herd, an investment in the future of your business. As with all investments, there are significant cash costs associated with rearing dairy heifers, the third highest cost in producing a litre of milk.

Therefore it is important that these costs are examined to ensure the best return on investment is achieved.

The Heifer Rearing Cost Calculator is based on the findings from a study on “the economic analysis of heifer rearing”, conducted by RVC and funded by AHDB and the BBSRC.