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This NebGuide discusses the pros and cons to consider as dairy producers evaluate raising their own replacement heifers or contracting with someone else to raise replacements.
Every successful dairy operation can account for most of the expenses that occur on the farm. But how many can actually cash flow each segment of the operation? Do you know how much it costs to raise your dairy heifers or what percentage of your total expenses can be directly attributed to the milking herd? Few producers spend much time attempting to cash flow or estimate costs of the various parts of the dairy enterprise. If producers try to allocate expenses they usually work with the milking herd and then allocate the rest to heifer rearing. This NebGuide proposes that a producer do the opposite. Keep an accurate track of your heifer rearing expenses to see if it would be more profitable for you to have your heifers custom-reared.