Weighing calves is a massive benefit to a calving system. By taking the time to record and monitor, allows consistency within the system and ensures all calves are optimising their growth, whilst also controlling feed costs. Rearing a calf to a heifer is not just about feed, but also the aspects of labour, protocols and bedding.
Weighing also allows Youngstock Specialists to closely monitor calves and in turn they can recommend new ideas and help create a more efficient rearing plan with their customers. This builds long term relationships, loyalty and results in continuous improvement within their system.
Additionally the long term milk yields of a heifer can be affected through its growth from calf to heifer. Mammary development in a calf begins within 3 months of life and continues up to puberty which is critical time. It is important that a heifer does not become overly fat as this causes fat rather than milk secreting tissue being deposited in the udder, which in turn can cause issues later in life. By monitoring weights and diet along the way will help heifers transition into successful milking cows.
If you are interested in having your calves weighed or would like to speak to a Youngstock Specialists about your system please speak to your local Account Manager or send us online enquiry here