Dairy calf management

After feed, raising heifer calves is the second largest annual expense for dairy businesses, accounting for approximately 20% of production costs.

Heifers produce no income until they reach first lactation and no profit until the second lactation.

Heifers are the future of the dairy herd and deserve to have the best management, incorporating the latest research and management advice.

In return, they will repay the investment through higher milk production and a longer productive life.

Our Calf to Calving initiative built upon research showing that calving at 24 months rather than 26 months reduces average rearing costs by 16%.

Our resources can help you optimise calf performance.

Key calf management publications


Tackling calf pneumonia in the autumn

Maintaining consistency in youngstock

Calf management videos

Calf management webinars