The heifer rearing price tag varies farm to farm, so obtaining an industry average can be difficult. Still, producers want to know general rearing costs and would like benchmarks to compare themselves to. For this reason, UW Extension agriculture agents in Wisconsin collected data from real dairy farms and custom calf and heifer growers in 1999, 2007 and 2013. In 2015, the study was updated utilizing 2015 feed costs.
In the April 2016 Hoard’s Dairyman article Putting a Price Tag on Raising Dairy Replacements, UW-Extension Eau Claire County Agriculture Agent Mark Hagedorn and UW-Extension Dairy Replacement Specialist Matt Akins share an updated version of the 2013 field survey utilizing 2015 feed costs.
To learn more about the cost of raising dairy replacements, please visit UW-Extension Dairy Calf & Heifer Management.