Dry Period Graphic

Dry Period

After drying-off and before calving

The dry period is an opportunity for both cows and farmers to prepare for the forthcoming lactation. It gives mammary tissue a chance to recover and repair, and for cows that have been treated with antibiotic dry cow treatment (DCT), it is a chance to cure existing infections.

It is important to prevent new infections, particularly in the early dry period, which is why good management and monitoring of cows during the dry period is essential.