By Dr. Nicole Barkley
You have many options to choose from when it comes to feeding dry cows. You may favor a single dry cow group over a two-group system, feed anionic salts and high or low calcium, or incorporate high levels of straw.
Regardless of how dry cows are fed, all herds will have to manage challenges during the transition period. To limit the occurrence of these transition issues, management of pre- and post-fresh animals is essential. Body condition score (BCS), hoof health and stocking density are a few key management tools every producer should use to reduce the risk of transition disorders.