The dry period is an important resting period for the dairy cow 'Dry-off is where everything starts'. The average duration of the dry-period is 45-60 days. It is crucial to maximize productivity in the following lactation as the preparation of the next lactation starts here.

Dry-off is where everything starts

Critical changes happen in the mammary gland during this period, especially in the early dry period.

At the moment of dry off, the mammary gland should quickly involute to maintain udder health and optimise milk production in the next lactation. There is a high risk of new intramammary infections as anatomical, physiological and immunological changes occur during this time.

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