SFA Heifer Development Program


Stephen F. Austin University (SFA) Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that we will host our heifer development program again this fall. Weaned heifers weighing between 400-700 lb will be accepted into the program beginning mid-October with a start date of November 3, 2017. Producers needing to deliver cattle at an earlier date may do so by contacting farm manager Chris Koffskey.  Calves will be developed on a forage-based diet. Information on the program along with the signup sheet is attached.

For more information contact Chris Koffskey (979)224-8178  or (936)468-6948 or Dr. Erin Brown  (936)468-4433.

Stephen F. Austin State University is preparing for its Heifer Development Program. The program is designed to assist producers in selecting and managing for replacement heifers. It offers producers relief from providing additional facilities, labor, and feed to retain young heifers. The program is designed for heifers ranging in weight from 400-700 lbs. Heifers are entered into the program in mid-October and fed through May. Producers are issued a bi-monthly report on the performance of each heifer in the program with information including BW, ADG, REA, RF, and IMF. Additionally, heifers can be entered into the breeding program and be artificially inseminated at the conclusion of the feeding period. Heifers should gain 1-3 lbs per day in the program.

Sign up for program by: October 1
Deliver heifers on: October 6, 13, 14
Feeding program begins on: November 3
Acceptance into the program will be first come first serve, based on availability of space.

Program Cost
Cost will be figured by entry weight starting at $2.00/day for a 400 lb heifer. An additional $0.15 will be charged for each cwt above 400 lbs. The cost will remain fixed for each individual heifer throughout the program. In other words, a heifer coming in at 600 lbs will be charged $2.30 per day until it leaves the program.

Learn more and sign up for the SFA Heifer Development Program 2017

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  1. Posted September 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Is the program only for purebred or is it available for cross/bred as well. thanks

    • Jeralyn Novak
      Posted October 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      The program is open for all breeds and crossbred heifers.

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