Dry Period

Why do we have a dry period for cows?

Why do we have a dry period for cows?

Dairy cows, typically, undergo a dry period of 60 days prior to calving. A dry period is important for several...

November 21, 2021

Steps to follow for successfully drying off your cows

Steps to follow for successfully drying off your cows

The drying off of spring-calving cows has begun on many farms, as they wind down ahead of the winter dry...

November 4, 2021

Time to assess your cow’s BCS ahead of drying off

Time to assess your cow’s BCS ahead of drying off

Cows have entered the final third of their lactation and although many cows will continue to milk into early December,...

September 25, 2021

Good hygiene is critical throughout the dry period

Good hygiene is critical throughout the dry period

With cows fully housed around the country and the majority of those dried off, one of the main focuses over...

December 7, 2020

The importance of giving cows a sufficient dry period

The importance of giving cows a sufficient dry period

At this stage, a proportion of cows in spring-calving dairy herds have been dried off or at least they should...

November 23, 2020

Top tips for preventing new mastitis infections in spring 2020

Top tips for preventing new mastitis infections in spring 2020

As farmers begin drying off cows, on many spring-calving dairy farms, there are a few things that should be taken...

December 7, 2019

Why is it important to give cows an adequate dry period?

Why is it important to give cows an adequate dry period?

Many spring-calving dairy farmers have – or should have – begun to dry-off cows; however, usually during this time of...

November 21, 2019

15 steps to get the best results at drying off

15 steps to get the best results at drying off

“50% of all clinical mastitis cases, in the first 100 days of the next lactation, can be linked back to...

November 1, 2019

‘Correct drying off influences mastitis levels in the herd for the next 6-12 months’

‘Correct drying off influences mastitis levels in the herd for the next 6-12 months’

Drying off is a key time for mastitis control on dairy farms, as it can influence the mastitis level in...

December 24, 2015

End of year paddocks can be used for freshly dried-off cows – Teagasc

End of year paddocks can be used for freshly dried-off cows – Teagasc

Paddocks that are at the end of the current grazing rotation can be kept for dry cows,” according to Teagasc...

November 11, 2015

‘Ignoring the dry period could reduce herd productivity in 2016’

‘Ignoring the dry period could reduce herd productivity in 2016’

To ignore, or significantly shorten, the dry period could have a detrimental effect on the productivity of the herd in...

November 7, 2015