TIPS FOR OCTOBER 2016
1 If your herd is at risk from salmonella get a vaccination programme in place now.
2. Start identifying cows for early dry off based on pregnancy ages and the presence of twins from your scan records.
3. Autumn calving cows need a consistent diet for a 6 week period pre- calving. Grazed grass with the associated complexities of dry matter content makes it difficult to satisfy the needs of the cow in the transition period.
4. Ensure your dry cows are supplied with a high quality dry cow mineral for a mimimum of 8 weeks prior to their due calving date.