The optimum age for calving heifers is 22-24 months to maximise their lifetime yields and productivity. Suckler cows should also be calving at two years old for optimum lifetime production.
Heifers therefore need to be reaching growth rates of 850g-1kg/per day to breed at 13-15 months when they should be 60% of their mature body weight. This process needs to start at day one of the calf’s life.
The Calf Tracker Scheme focuses on your calves from birth to weaning. Monitoring important benchmarks in the early months allows us to assess the farm’s current status in terms of healthy growing calves, and informs a programme of improvements to help you reach your targets.