Section 1 | The Importance of Fertility, the Oestrus Cycle and Heifer Breeding
This video explains the importance of fertility, the oestrus cycle and heifer breeding. Fertility is an important driver of production as cows produce more milk when they first calve.
There are three open source handouts that can be viewed or downloaded at bottom of the page:
Well grown heifers calving at 24 months will produce more milk and become pregnant again more quickly. ILRI have produced a growth chart that is also available below.
Goopy, J.P. and Gakige J.K. (eds.) 2016. Smallholder dairy farmer training manual. ILRI Manual 24. Nairobi, Kenya: International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).