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Tipperary farmers reminded of importance of drying off cows for calving and milk

Proper management can reduce infection

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Tipperary farmers reminded of importance of drying off cows for calving and milk

Tipperary farmers have been reminded of the importance of drying off cows for calving and milk

Most dairy farms are currently undergoing their dry off period.

The purpose of the drying off period is to give lactating animals a period of rest.

This will give a cow the ability to calve at correct body condition and the ability to produce high quality milk during the next lactation season. A minimum of a 60-day dry cow rest period is recommended.

The risk of infection during the dry period is up to seven times higher than during lactation. This suggests how important it is to dry off cows correctly.

Tips when drying off

- Drying off cows should be planned a few days in advance (The Herdwatch "due to Dry-Off" view can help you with this).

- Drying off does not need to be a one-person job. (Many hands make light work)

- Where possible dry off cows in smaller groups to avoid animals getting distressed and any complacency taking place. (Herdwatch will help you manage this too)

- Carry out once a day milking prior to the dry off period.

- Cleanliness is of the upmost importance - wash and disinfect the parlour.

- Wipe each teat individually with either a wipe or cotton wool and surgical spirit.

- A teat sealer should be used correctly to ensure that the teat remains closed until the cow is calved and the sealer removed.

- Gloves should be worn at all time during the drying off process.

- Mark keach cow that has been dried off so that she is clearly visible.

- Discuss with your vet whether selective dry cow therapy is suitable for your herd.

- Record each tag number, the tube used and the date of drying off. (This can be recorded in Herdwatch in order to keep you compliant with Bord Bia and cross-compliance).

The Herdwatch app now allows you to record your dry offs.

Try the App for Free

The Free-Plan allows farmers to:

- Download their Herd from Agfood

- Record five calf registrations

- Record their medicine purchases

- Record heat detection and general tasks

To find out more about the Herdwatch app visit www.herdwatch.com

For all your farm relief services contact FRS Roscrea, 0505-21166; in Cahir, 057-7441598. Visit www.frsfarmrelief.ie for job opportunities.