73% of New Zealand heifers do no not reach target liveweight at their first calving. McNaughton and Lopdell 2011

From the day a calf is born, you have the ability to influence the factors contributing to her future reproductive performance. This starts with rearing healthy calves and is followed by excellent heifer management to achieve liveweight targets. A heifer’s reproductive performance is directly related to her liveweight at her first mating and her first calving. Optimum weight at mating ensures that heifers cycle early, get in-calf and calve early.

Inability to reach liveweight targets may be because of:

  • Disease
  • Inadequate calf rearing
  • Poor husbandry
  • Nutritional factors
  • Internal and external parasites
  • Trace element deficiencies
  • Poor growth rates due to nutrition after weaning

Growing good replacements is about getting each of these above details 100% right. This is where GrazCare can come in to help you out.

The Weight Gain System: Why Weigh?

  1. Animal Health
    1. By weighing a mob of dairy heifers on a regular basis one can determine any animal health problems and the animal can be attended to at an earlier stage.
    2. By achieving daily weight gains on a regular basis an animal will have the opportunity to reach its full potential when put into the milking herd.
    3. Reduce the number of “empty heifers” at mating time.
    4. Reduce the number “empties” once the heifer is being mated for the second time.
  2. Meeting Targets
    1. By setting bi-monthly targets the owner and grazier can track progress and make the necessary adjustments to the feeding levels.
    2. Individual animal targets are set so that specific attention can be given to each animal if required.
  3. Increased Production;
    1. It is common knowledge that a well grown heifer will give better production than a heifer that is poorly grown and in poor condition at calving: The money invested in the young dairy is compensated when increased production is achieved in the first lactation.
  4. Minimizing your risk;
    1. By weighing animals by an Independent third party ensures that a professional approach to achieving set goals and targets.
    2. A record of animal weights is kept in a database for quick and easy access.
    3. Paying for each kilogram gained is a sure way to know that you will get.



GrazCare Services

  • A Grazing agreement between Dairy Farmer and Grazcare
  • A Grazing agreement between Grazier and GrazCare
  • Weighing of all stock before they leave the Dairy Farmer
  • Quarantine Drench, 5 in 1, BVD and Lepto Vaccinations
  • Weigh Reports for both parties.
  • Nait Transfers
  • Buyers created invoice
  • Weighing stock on Graziers property
  • Independent weighing services

We Offer You:

  • Consistent quality replacement heifers
  • Lifetime profitable production
  • Veterinary supervised worry free grazing
  • Regular monitoring and reporting
  • Monthly progress payments to spread costs
  • Transport arranged as required
  • Service Bulls supplied as required
  • Vaccinations
  • Pregnancy testing

Contact the GrazCARE National Manager, Mark Harrison, on 027 229 6790 or at mark.harrison@vetent.co.nz

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