The dry period is essential for dairy cows to allow regeneration of milk-secreting tissue and prepare the udder for optimal success in the next lactation. This period can also be very stressful on the animal due to social, physiological and nutrional changes, making it increasingly important to pay close attention during this time. Ensuring cows are effectively dried off to reduce intramammary infections and discomfort, combined with proper nutrition and general management, is essential for cow health and productivity in the following lactation. This article highlights five tips to promote a healthy, successful dry period.
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