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Series of dry cow events
Over one million cows are due to be dried off for the
winter over the coming weeks. How they are managed
at drying off and throughout the dry period can have a
big impact on the quality and volume of milk that they
produce during the following lactation. With this in mind,
Teagasc and Animal Health Ireland supported by the
dairy processors Arrabawn, Aurivo, Carbery, Centenary
Thurles, Dairygold, Glanbia, Kerry Agribusiness, Lakeland
Dairies, LacPatrick, North Cork Creameries and Tipperary
Co-op have come together to organise a series of
13 dry cow events throughout the country in October/
November.
Speaking at the launch of the events, George
Ramsbottom, Teagasc said: "Our research shows us that
the foundations of the next lactation are laid down during
the previous dry period. Cows need a minimum of 60
days dry between successive lactations and even longer
where body condition score needs to be built up."
Addressing the risk of antimicrobial resistance is
increasingly an issue of concern according to Finola
McCoy, Programme Manager with Animal Health Ireland.
According to Finola: "One of the topics presented at these
events will be selective dry cow therapy. The practice
of only using dry cow antibiotic tubes in cows that have
evidence or history of infection is increasing in many
countries, including Ireland. However, it is not without risk
and it's important to understand what those risks are so
we can minimise them, and make sure that we get good
results."
Each of the events will focus on four topics: introducing
selective dry cow therapy; managing in-calf heifers to
minimise the risk of mastitis; the skills of drying off cows
safely; and the nutrition and management of the cow
during the dry period for optimum performance in the
next lactation. For more information visit www.teagasc.ie
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