Over the next two months, cows will be dried off and preparations will be under way for a new season.

There has been a lot of debate around the length of the dry period in recent years. With a good milk price, is it worth milking cows on and shortening the dry period? The dairy cow needs a dry period for recuperation and preparing her udder for another year’s lactation. The farmer needs a rest too from a long year. It is highly recommended the cow receives a 55- to 60-day dry period where she is not milked to allow her udder rejuvenate. It is well recognised that a very short dry period will lead to poorer milk production in the following lactation.