Andrew Holland, of Ontrak Nutrition, suggests intake is the most important factor in dry cow
nutrition because as cows get closer to calving they are less likely to eat if feed areas aren't situated in close proximity.
needs 4% of her body weight in dry matter intake (DMI).
are kept on this regime even in the summer months and lime is used to help prevent mastitis.
Orchardgrass silage, timothy hay, alfalfa silage and corn silage were offered to meet the TDN requirements of dry cows
(Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, 1994), and soybean meal was supplemented for the dry cows
fed timothy hay or corn silage because of low CP contents.
Dexter Cattle: Lesse Emma, dry cow
or heifer in calf with second calf, by H&C Bickerton, Middlewich.
Elwyn is a convert to the high-fibre system of dry cow
management that advocates a high level of straw in the feed ration.
Forages and the dry cow
TMR have been analysed, with emphasis on mineral status.
Last Thursday veterinary consultant James Husband set the ball rolling by looking at a particular aspect of dairy farming giving, in particular, an overview of dry cow
nutrition and its influence on the subsequent lactation.
One of their entrants, Chishillways Gibson Jubilant 126 VG87, is no stranger to this show ring, having won the Junior Cow in Milk class and Honourable Mention to name but a few at the 2006 show and this year with two weeks to go before calving took first place in the Dry Cow
He said the animals are fitter, yet more relaxed and contented, when fed a long fibre ration, supplemented with high-spec dry cow
minerals, during the non-lactating period.
Jubilant 126 has already enjoyed success in the show ring this year, having won the junior dry cow
class at Northumberland County Show and the junior dry cow
class and reserve championship at Allendale Show.
It will be hosted by farmer Dennis Watkins who is milking 140 high yielding Holstein cows on a full total mixed ration and pays special attention to a high fibre dry cow