Drying off cows is a difficult, time consuming and hazardous job. Key advice is not to rush the job and do no more than 20 cows per person in any one session. Factor in the time taken to do it properly. Best policy is to do it in the morning – after milking and having breakfast so you’re not hungry or rushing. Keep recently dried-off cows on a restricted diet for a week or two after drying off and make sure housing is kept spotlessly clean.