Better beef management spreads replacement cost

Lawrence, Chrissie
March 2008
Farmers Weekly;3/28/2008, p82
Trade Publication
The article stresses the need for better heifer management to spread the cost of replacement. Significant factors affecting herd life expectancy are first calving and second pregnancy. Independent consultant David Hendy says those selected for breeding should be from the best cows. He adds that heifer calves should be over wintered and fed to achieve a body weight of 350 to 400 kilogram (kg) at about 15 months of age. Beef scientist Liz Genever notes that heifers should receive the best quality grazing available.


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