The feeding and management of replacement heifers will have a lifelong effect on their productivity. Correct levels of dietary protein and energy are important to optimise heifer growth. During the growing period it is important to avoid the over-conditioning of heifers which can lead to excessive fat-deposition in mammary glands and reduce milk yield in later life. Based on this scientific research Southern Milling have formulated a specialised heifer feed.

  • Specially formulated feed for replacement dairy heifers
  • 20% protein nut with Hi pro Soya to promote growth and avoid over conditioning
  • Optimum levels of phosphorus & calcium ensuring good bone development
  • High maize inclusion to ensure replacement heifers meet target weights for breeding
  • Contains high levels of protected minerals & vitamins to maximise heifer’s health
  • Additive included to improve the use of protein in the diet and improve the FCE of the heifer


Benefits of achieving 2 year old calving

  • Increased number of lactations and lifetime production
  • Reduced cost of production
  • Reduced replacement rate
  • Maintain compact calving


Benefits of achieving target weight at breeding

  • Increased % calving to first service


Target weights for replacement dairy heifers in 24 Month programme
  % Mature weight Holstein Friesian British Friesian Jersey Crossbred
Birth   40 36 33
6 Weeks   65 60 55
3 Months   90 85 80
6 Months 30% 160 150 135
12 Months   280 265 250
15 Months 60% 340 315 295
21 Months   500 470 435
24 Months(calving) 90% 560 525 490

Please do not hesitate to seek advice from your Southern Milling feed advisor in order to formulate a suitable calf and heifer rearing program for your farm