USDA releases ‘Dairy Heifer Raiser’ study

Source: Dairy Calf & Heifer Association

Heifer growers face an array of challenges including heifer health, client relations, payments from producers and feed cost/availability. 

Released in October by USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), the Dairy Heifer Raiser 2011 study surveyed more than 200 heifer growers about the current management practices used on heifer-raising facilities.

This study brings to light several areas of importance for growers. A few noteworthy points included:

Click here for study details.

This study was a cooperative effort between the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), participating States and DCHA. Since a complete list of heifer-raising operations does not exist, the starting point for most states was the DCHA membership list. 

The DCHA Gold Standards address topics covered in this study such as housing, transportation, colostrum, preventing disease, nutrition and much more. It is DCHA's goal to continue to promote the Gold Standards to equip members with the practical information on how to tackle daily challenges growers face.