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'I discovered that herd size increased from an average of 80 cows to 100 cows between 2014 and 2015'. Photo: Darragh McSweeney

'I discovered that herd size increased from an average of 80 cows to 100 cows between 2014 and 2015'. Photo: Darragh McSweeney

'I discovered that herd size increased from an average of 80 cows to 100 cows between 2014 and 2015'. Photo: Darragh McSweeney

Contract rearing of replacement heifers is something that has gained popularity in recent years, especially in intensive dairy areas. But has it a larger role to play in the Irish dairy industry going forward?

In this column I look at some of the most commonly asked questions and issues involved in contract rearing.

Why would I give my heifers to another farmer to rear?