Heifer Replacement Program


Developing the heifer for high peak milk production and persistency over a long productive life is the goal of the McNess Dairy Heifer Replacement Program. Starting at birth with our Furst Step Milk Replacers, and moving to our Total Calf Starters and then to our Maxi-Growth Heifer Premix, will set your heifers on this course. During this time, your McNess representative is there to help you manage your heifers on this path to success. From ration balancing services that ensure proper nutrition and growth rates to commodity ingredient sourcing to optimize feed costs, McNess adds value for your bottom line.

Furst StepMilk Replacers
Our featured milk replacers are made from high-quality, all-milk proteins and edible-grade fat ingredients, and are formulated to meet the complete nutritional needs of nursing calves.  Our Furst StepMilk Replacers are mildly-acidified for added stability and digestibility, as well as fortified with MOS, bioavailable chelated trace mineral sources and vitamins to support optimal growth and health. They're manufactured in quality-certified plants to mix easily and stay in solution for efficient no-hassle feeding. Mix and match with your choice of McNess Total CalfStarter that meets the growth and health objectives of your operation.

  • Furst Step™20/20 MOS: An excellent choice for getting calves off to a healthy start while controlling cost. Non-medicated, containing 20% protein and 20% fat. (CMR400)
  • Furst Step™22/20 B-MOS-DFB: A great choice for getting calves off to a solid start over traditional milk replacer programs, containing 22% protein and 20% fat.  Bovatec® and Clarifly® are added for control of coccidiosis and flies respectively. (CMR412)
  • Furst Step™22AA B-MOS-DFB: Multiple trials and field testing confirms the excellent growth and health advantages of feeding this modified-accelerated option that promotes starter intake, controls cost-of-gain and prevents post-weaning slump. Multiple functional ingredients further promote growth and overall calf health. Contains 22% protein amino acid balanced to 24% protein equivalent and 20% fat. (CMR422)
  • Furst Step™24/20 B-MOS-DFB: A 24% all-milk protein and 20% edible-grade fat formulation designed to support optimum lean growth while preventing post-weaning lags. Works very well in auto-feeding programs. A great choice for getting calves off to the best start possible. Bovatec® and Clarifly® are added for control of coccidiosis and flies respectively. (CMR432)

Total CalfStarters
Total Calf™Starters offer a flexible range of highly digestible proteins and carbohydrate sources designed to get calves off t the best possible start based on individual needs and goals. Total Calf™Starters are formulated to balance the nutrient requirements of growing calves as their diets shift from primarily liquid to completely dry starter at weaning. Care is taken to balance lean growth, calf health, rumen development and cost of gain throughout the starting period. Focusing on the whole calf by using McNess Total Calf™Starters sets calves up for successful weaning, prevents post-weaning lags and helps meet your targeted growth goals.  Available in 18%, 20%, 22% and 24% protein levels.

Calf Enhancer Supplement Pellet D
Mixed with grain, product #1414 makes a palatable first dry feed for calves from three days of age to 3 to 5 weeks after weaning. Calf Enhancer Supplement Pellet D provides high quality protein and balanced vitamin and mineral nutrition for the young calf.

Calf Premix
With Deccox®, product #1047 or with Bovatec®, product #1048, is for calves weighing from 200 to 400 pounds when mixed with soybean meal and grains. Calf Premix provides complete balanced mineral and vitamin nutrition for the heifer.

Maxi-Growth Heifer Premixes
With Rumensin®, product #1145 or with Bovatec®, product #1146, should be used once heifers reach 400 pounds body weight. These products are designed to be mixed into concentrates or total mixed rations (TMRs).

For feeding directions, to speak with one of our dairy nutritionists, or to be connected with one of our Dairy Account Managers, email: dairy@mcness.com.