Dairy cows, Heifers, Feeding, Western Australia
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DURING recent years, emphasis has been given to the results of experiments conducted overseas, which appear to show that when heifers are generously fed, this reduces their ability to produce milk in later life.
As a result, some dairymen now believe that heifer calves should be kept lean rather than in prime condition.
It has become common to hear statements to the effect that generous feeding encourages calves to become "beefy," at the expense of the milk-producing attributes which are essential in a dairy cow.
Snook, Laurence C.
"Can heifers be fed too well?,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 1:
10, Article 11.
Available at: https://library.dpird.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol1/iss10/11