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At what age would you breed a heifer? We have 2 Holstein heifers that are 11 months old and was wondering when would be a good time to get em bred? And do first time mothers have a bit trouble with delivering the calfs? Anything else I need to know about first time mothers?
 

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16-20 months is when we turn a heifer out w/ the bull, depends on her size, growth, and which bull she goes in with (some are bigger etc).
 

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Just my choice, bred to freshen when they are 24 months old, if they have the frame to pass a calf. I would not rush a heifer just to make the calendar. She will still be about 60 percent of her adult weight while making a calf and continuing to grow. She will need a little more in her diet to keep her developing, feeding a calf and getting ready to breed again. It's a lot for her in a short time.
 
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