Dairy Replacement Programs: Costs & Analysis, December 2007
Karszes, Jason; Wickswat, Cathy S.; Vokey, Frans
As the dairy industry becomes more competitive and farms increase in size, economics of heifer management has become an integral component of farm profitability and will be utilized in making strategic business decisions within the business. The dairy replacement enterprise offers opportunities where costs can be decreased, efficiencies improved, and quality of animal entering the dairy herd maximized. The purpose of this paper is to review the costs associated with raising heifers and to highlight the critical expense areas associated with raising dairy replacements.