A pro-active approach, based on practical experience, focuses on management strategies which maximise the health and growth of young stock rather on reactively curing problems once they have occurred. Dairy heifers can be managed so that they do not become ill; doing this is cost effective as healthy baby calves incur few treatment costs and are likely to grow into above average production dairy cows.

HEIFERMAX recognise that although all farmers have the common goal of wanting to raise healthy, rapidly growing heifers which milk well when they enter the herd, every farm has its idiosyncrasies. By acknowledging these peculiarities, we tailor management systems to remove the inconsistency from heifer raising.

Our management advice encourages farmers to adopt monitoring, measuring and the use of KPI’s and standard operating procedures to achieve consistently good results. It takes into account the geographic, climatic, financial and infrastructure constraints of the farm and the financial, staffing and expertise resources of the client. We are equally comfortable working with dairies in tropical or temperate areas.
a significant increase in first lactation milk yield.
a consequent average net financial benefit in the first lactation.
a financial benefit which extends through all subsequent lactations.
increased feed conversion efficiency for life.
greater production increase of that gained by genetic selection for production.
a reduced heifer rearing component of the cost of milk production.
longer retention times in the herd.
This service is available to dairies anywhere in the world.
In addition, calf management practices based on HACCP plans will address calf welfare issues; this is a pro-active step towards demonstrating to consumers that high welfare standards are an integral part of the lives of our food producing animals.

HeiferMAX will assist the dairy manager by supervising the important aspects of heifer development, thus allowing the manager to concentrate on cow production.
We have many years’ experience working with sheep and goats and so are also able to give advice on the management of kids or lambs hand reared as part of goat or sheep dairy operations. Improving the management of lambs and kids will be achieved using the same principles as we apply to heifer rearing.
2129 - gaining over 750g/day, from a birthweight of 31 kgs
She has been awarded
a Rural Women’s Leadership Bursary 2001
the Jack Green Churchill Fellowship 2002
a DairyTas Small Projects Grant 2007 to run heifer focus groups
the RIRDC Tasmanian Rural Women’s Award for 2008