Farm beefs up heifer focus
A Waikato heifer-rearing focus farm is being established along with four others around the country as part of a DairyNZ-led initiative to provide graziers with the tools, knowledge and resources to grow dairy heifers more effectively.
An open day will be held at the Waikato focus farm near Te Kuiti, owned by graziers Murray and Janet Easton, on December 9 from 11am till 3pm.
Both graziers and dairy farmers are encouraged to attend, with key topics including target weights and feed plan- ning, animal health issues, managing the grazierdairy farmer relationship and setting calves up for the run-off.
DairyNZ productivity team leader Rob Brazendale said that while DairyNZ has done a lot of work to help dairy farmers improve herd reproduction, working with graziers on growing heifers was a gap that needed to be addressed.
The focus farms will showcase good practice and be involved in the development of knowledge, tools and resources for both graziers and dairy farmers.