Drying Off

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

Drying off: Selecting cows for SDCT

Drying off: Selecting cows for SDCT

Selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) has become increasingly more popular on Irish dairy farms as January’s 2022 changes loom. January...

October 24, 2021

Have you assessed your cow’s BCS yet?

Have you assessed your cow’s BCS yet?

The drying off of cows is just around the corner on many farms, with body condition score (BCS) being key...

October 21, 2021

Grass growth: Making use of grass in deteriorating conditions

Grass growth: Making use of grass in deteriorating conditions

As we head into mid-October there has been a further reduction in grass growth rates, with temperatures continuing to drop...

October 15, 2021

Time to start planning for drying off cows

Time to start planning for drying off cows

The next major event of a spring-calving cow’s lactation will be the drying off process, which for some cows may...

October 10, 2021

Selective dry cow therapy proving beneficial – AFBI

Selective dry cow therapy proving beneficial – AFBI

Recent trial work carried out by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) has highlighted the benefits of selective dry cow...

July 15, 2021

Time to start thinking about drying off autumn-calving cows

Time to start thinking about drying off autumn-calving cows

Autumn-calving cows are approaching the end of their lactations and are now at the point where farmers may be considering...

July 3, 2021

Dairy management: How to ensure a smooth drying-off period

Dairy management: How to ensure a smooth drying-off period

With spring-calving herds starting to dry off some of the milking herd already, it won’t be long until the milking...

November 15, 2020

Dairy management: Selecting cows for drying off

Dairy management: Selecting cows for drying off

With the 2020 milking season soon coming to a close, attentions should be turning to drying off and earmarking what...

November 6, 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

Dairy advice: Achieving body condition score targets by calving

Dairy advice: Achieving body condition score targets by calving

With only 10 weeks left until the month of February, the focus is slowly turning – on spring-calving dairy farms...

November 24, 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

Dairy advice: Selecting cows for drying off; weanling heifers; and minerals

Dairy advice: Selecting cows for drying off; weanling heifers; and minerals

We are coming to the end of the 2019 milking season on many spring-calving dairy farms; however, there are a...

November 13, 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

Who should consider selective dry cow therapy and why?

Who should consider selective dry cow therapy and why?

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is rising and it is not just happening at farm level. AMR is linked to increased antibiotic...

October 14, 2019

Research shows the effectiveness of selective dry cow therapy

Research shows the effectiveness of selective dry cow therapy

Research has shown that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is happening across the world in both humans and animals. This means more...

October 9, 2019

Body condition score: ‘Act now’ to avoid ‘negative effects in 2020’

Body condition score: ‘Act now’ to avoid ‘negative effects in 2020’

If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to body condition score (BCS) your herd and start thinking...

September 28, 2019

Some top tips in preparation for the drying-off period

Some top tips in preparation for the drying-off period

With the end of lactation fast approaching, AgriLand asked Glanbia Ireland Veterinary Adviser, Joris Somers, what farmers should be doing...

September 23, 2019