A dairy heifer© Tim Scrivener
Calf-rearing protocols and the management of a calf’s dam can have a big influence on the productivity of a heifer once she starts milking. Research into epigenetics – the study of prepartum nutrition, management and stress – has revealed the management of dry cows can have a far-reaching impact on their progeny, well beyond the post-calving period. Speaking at Dairy Tech (7 February), Cargill’s calf and heifer rearing specialist Bianca Theeruth, highlighted a wealth of research to back this up. […]