Heifer Management Tips
- Group heifers in pens, according to size, with adequate ventilation and space. Ideally away from milk cows.
- Provide clean, dry, draft free and comfortable housing at all times.
- Provide heifers with fresh, clean water at all times, especially during the summer months.
- Implement a strategic deworming schedule to prevent parasite infestation.
- Monitor heifers for growth on a regular basis. Pay special attention to the heifers 2 months prior to breeding.
- At breeding, heifers should be 800 pounds and 49-50 inches tall, approximately 13-14 months of age.
- Monitor body condition score, heifers should score from 3 to 3+ throughout their growing period.
- Test forages and provide a balanced ration to meet the heifers' nutrient requirements.
- Implement a sound vaccination program based on the recommendations of your veterinarian.
A strategic deworming program using Safe-Guard® (Fenbendazole) eliminates the parasite burden to ensure maximum gains and improved performance in heifers. Parasites, common to heifers exposed to pasture, rob cattle of available nutrients, stress their immune system, and depress appetites. Safe-Guard effectively kills all nine of the internal cattle parasites. Research shows Safe-Guard treated heifers have increased weight gains and fewer days to breeding size.
Improved Performance in Safe-Guard®
|Location||# of Heifers||Weight gain vs. control||Time to Breeding Size|
|Wisconsin||60||+107||68 days earlier|
|Minnesota||536||+44||35 days earlier|
- Safe-Guard A highly palatable top-dress crumble. Safe-Guard Cattle D-Worm-R is a medicated supplement which utilizes the drug fenbendazole to remove and control all nine internal cattle parasites.
Seasonal Deworming Guidelines for Replacement Heifers
|300-400 pounds||3-4 wks after spring turnout||3-4 weeks later||Late fall (after 1st hard frost)|
|400-800 pounds||At turnout||3-4 weeks later||3-4 weeks later||Late fall|
|>800 pounds||At turnout||4-5 weeks later||Late fall|