Gold Standards for Calf and Heifer Raisers Established by DCHA
A long-standing objective of developing production standards for dairy calf and heifer businesses has now been realized. The Gold Standards outline production and performance expectations for Holstein calves from birth to six months of age and for Holstein heifers from 6 months to freshening.
The standards were developed by a team of producers, contract growers, consultants and industry representatives who surveyed producers, DCHA members and university specialists across the United States. Support for this project was generously provided by Pfizer Animal Health (http://www.pfizerah.com/).
As an industry association, it is essential for DCHA to step up and advocate for management practices and performance measures that will drive success in the dairy industry.