Drying off

Drying off

Drying off

Drying off

  • Reduce the number of milkings to one daily
  • Curtail rations for 7 to 10 days
  • Then milk every other day
  • Do not strip for about 14 days
  • Dry her off 6 to 8 weeks before she is due to calving again.

Management of bulls

  • A well-managed bull can stay functional in a herd for 8 to 10 years
  • Allow a young bull to serve when it is 12 to 15 months of age up to 20 heifers in its first season
  • Later it can serve 30 to 60 cows annually depending on age, fertility and physical fitness
  • On a good ley pasture, a mature bull requires 2 to 4 kg of concentrate per day
  • Exercise is necessary to maintain muscular tone and activity and to prevent excessive fatness and flabbiness.
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