Tough conditions in the dairy industry have seen every farm closely scrutinising costs in an effort to allocate available funds to the most cost effective options in virtually every area of their operation.
The cost of treatment at drying-off is one of the areas under examination and we have been having some interesting discussions with farms about the best option with the least amount of compromise for each individual farm.
To have those discussions, it is good to reflect on what you are trying to achieve at dry-off, both for the individual cow and for the herd.
Drying-off for the spring calving cows is now fast approaching.
Not only is drying-off a significant investment in both dollars and effort, it is usually the single biggest opportunity to make a difference to an individual cow’s infection status as well as the overall herd’s mastitis status, and it is also vitally important in helping to prevent new mastitis infections at calving.
“We draft them off as we milk, then when we’ve finished milking the rest, we just bring them back on the platform and dry cow them.”
Wait a moment – did I hear that correctly? If so, you better stop right now and think about that!!
For many Australian herds, dry-off time for the spring calving cows is now approaching.
For each cow, drying-off is the single biggest opportunity to make a difference.
Not only is it the best chance to change the infection status of a cow, it is also the best chance to reduce the risk of mastitis at the subsequent calving.
For many Australian herds, dry-off time for the spring calving cows is now upon us.
Drying-off is your single biggest opportunity to change the infection status of cows, and should probably be thought of not just as the end of one lactation, but actually as the start of the next lactation!
Because it is a significant investment of money, as well as time & effort, it is probably worth thinking about what you do and how you do it.