Course successful dairy heifer rearing: feeding and management


Course Successful Dairy Heifer Rearing -feeding and management

Would you like to update your knowledge with the latest insights regarding dairy heifer rearing? Recently, new insights regarding successful feeding and management of heifers in relation to their future productivity has been developed. Topics such as early rumen development, metabolic programming, health management, housing and feeding systems in relation to calves and heifers are covered in this course. The programme also includes practical demonstrations of calf-care system INNOCALF and heifer grazing.

Organised by Dairy Campus & Wageningen Academy

Tue 24 September 2019 until Wed 25 September 2019

Duration 2 days
Setup Other setup
Venue Dairy Campus, Leeuwarden (The Netherlands)

Dairy heifer rearing stages

This course stresses 3 stages:
1. Pre-birth
2. Pre-weaned calves
3. Rearing of dairy heifers
The course includes a variety of presentations and an excursion. There will be various opportunities for interaction between participants and with the experts.

Target audience

The course is specially designed for professionals working in the (international) dairy industry, for instance in the profession of nutritionist, researcher, technical support manager, veterinarian or consultant. Policy makers or employees from governments are also welcome to join the course.


After completing the course, you are updated with the latest scientific insights regarding dairy heifer rearing. Furthermore, you are able to add new knowledge to your field of expertise and visited the Dutch Dairy Campus, the expert centre of Wageningen University & Research.

Course leader

The course leader is Dr J. (Jan) Dijkstra, Wageningen University & Research.

My primary research interest is in modelling digestive and metabolic processes in farm animals, particularly dairy cattle. I focus mainly on challenges in dairy cattle production aiming for healthy animals producing milk at low environmental costs and improving financial profit. I have developed, or have been involved in the development, dynamic mechanistic models suitable for application in the dairy industry or suitable in support of experimental research programmes as research models. My research has shown the importance of the interplay between modelling and experimental research. In the past decade I am increasingly involved and lead projects on experimental research into nutritional physiology of dairy cattle. In the past 5 years I have attracted (as leader or co-leader) major grants totalling over 10 million, involving 10 PhD students and 2 postdoctoral researchers.
Jan Dijkstra, programme director Succesful dairy heifer rearing