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N&H TOPLINE: Raising too many heifers may hit dairy profitability

Not all heifers will work out because they may be genetically prone to disease risks and may not survive long in the milking herd.

Gone are the days when a surplus heifer inventory defined a dairy’s profitability, according to geneticist Dave Erf with Zoetis Dairy Technical Services.

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