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The different stages in the development process of the heifer, from birth to the first lactation.

In the production of milk, the farmers focus is logically on the nutrition and management of the cow during lactation.  For improved success, longevity and production from animals, the rearing and correct development of the replacement heifers is of critical importance.  This presentation looks at the different stages in the development process of the heifer, from birth to the first lactation. In addition, the transition from dry to lactating cow is discussed and the two options of managing Calcium intake or the Dietary cation anion difference (DCAD) are handled in detail.

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