Malatya Haber USDA Dairy Heifer Raiser study examines management practices
Home News Livestock Crops Markets Hay, Range & Pasture Home & Family Classifieds Resources This Week's Journal
Commerical Hay Equipment For The Farm
Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer

Farm Survey

Journal Getaways

Reader Comment:
by Wheat_Harvest movie

"Thanks so much for the article! These are the types of people we hope to"....Read the story...
Join other discussions.

USDA Dairy Heifer Raiser study examines management practices

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

Released in October by the USDA National Animal Health Monitoring System, 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:

--The varying age in which heifer calves are transported to heifer-raising operations. The findings revealed that calves were transported within a day or so of birth and others after weaning.

--Transmission of diseases with repeated use of needles from one animal to another.

--The study indicated that 70 percent of operations recorded individual treatments administered to sick dairy heifers.

--Vehicles used to transport preweaned heifers must be clean. Vehicles that are used to transport multiple shipments without being washed could pose a disease risk to heifers.

Visit for study details.

This study was a cooperative effort between the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, participating states and the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association. 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 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.

In the near future, members can look forward to having access to various real-life learning tools on how to best achieve Gold Standards.

Date: 12/03/2012


Copyright 1995-2014.  High Plains Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Any republishing of these pages, including electronic reproduction of the editorial archives or classified advertising, is strictly prohibited. If you have questions or comments you can reach us at
High Plains Journal 1500 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd., P.O. Box 760, Dodge City, KS 67801 or call 1-800-452-7171. Email:


Archives Search

NCBA Convention

United Sorghum Checkoff Program

Inside Futures

Editorial Archives

Browse Archives