Importance of good management of the dry period
The dry period is of great importance for the control of both environmental and contagious mastitis. Infections acquired during the dry period reduce milk yield and increase the probability of cows developing clinical mastitis during the subsequent lactation.
Good management of the dry period aims to reduce the incidence of mastitis in the next lactation and quickly establish optimal milk production.
Dry cows should be housed in a clean dry, cool and comfortable pen. The dry period is critical, so do not move dry cows to the farm’s oldest and most poorly maintained buildings or keep them on pasture with little attention. The dry cow environment should be at least as good as the environment for cows in lactation.