Dry cow tubes

Most spring-calving farmers have plans to dry off cows in the next couple of weeks. The earliest-calving cows (those calving from late January to middle of February) should be dried off now to give them eight weeks dry. This will give their udder cells a chance to recover and repair and prepare for the next lactation. It is also important if dry cow antibiotics are being used as there is a minimum withdrawal period both for the dry period and for after calving. The minimum dry period for dry cow therapy ranges from 28 to 54 days, so if a cow calves within this withdrawal period her milk will have to be discarded until such time that it is out of the minimum dry period withdrawal.