Dry Cow Feeding
Forum: Feeding the Dry Cow
Published on: 06/26/2012
Author/s : Fernando Diaz Royon, DVM, Alvaro Garcia, DVM Ph.D, Kenneth Kalscheur, Ph.D (South Dakota State University)
Under ideal conditions, dairy cows produce milk during 305 days of the year and are dry the remaining 60 (table 1). In reality, feeding for high production should begin during the dry period or towards the end of the previous lactation. With dry periods shorter than 40 days, there´s not enough time to regenerate the mammary tissue; this may result in production losses of 20–40% during ...