The key to having well-grown older heifers is to look after them really well as baby calves and to ensure that you achieve low morbidity and mortality rates in this period.
Switching the radio off is just one of the strategies Western Australian dairy farmers Luke and Vicki Fitzpatrick believe helps their herd of 200 cows keep calm, quiet and generally mastitis-free.
Australia's largest dairy show International Dairy Week is the latest event to be cancelled due to COVID-19.
A team of researchers from Camden, NSW, have achieved recognition for their work on the health and production of cows around calving.
Australian dairy farmers are being advised to breed healthy "green" cows to meet community expectations about the environmental impact of the industry.