Whether a producer is planning to retain ownership of females or purchase replacement heifers, it’s important to pay close attention to quality of genetics and past performance, while putting together development protocols to follow. Nielson spoke on behalf of Novartis Healthy Heifer program, a system that focuses on five key management areas:
1. Prenatal Care
2. Colostrum Management
5. Growth and Development.
Listen to a segment of Nielson's speech from San Antonio below. What tips and tricks have worked best for you over the years as you develop heifers? Share your thoughts, advice and experiences in the comments section below.
BEEF Daily Quick Fact: Genetics, nutrition, environment, vaccinations, respiratory healthy, and fertility are huge factors that play a role in a heifer’s development. By establishing and following a basic set of development protocols, producers can get the best bang for their buck. For more information on the Novartis Healthy Heifer program, check out their website.