Archive: How profitable is your dry and transition cow management?

Published 17 November 14

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DairyCo’s series of meetings with an ‘expert’ has a focus on practical tools and advice to answer that question and others. 

The dry and transition stage of lactation is a critical period where animals are subject to a number of physiological and physical constraints. Correct management throughout this period is important to optimise animal production, health and welfare. An important practical tool in assessing and informing nutritional management decisions through these critical periods is Body Condition Scoring. For those involved with the day-to-day management of the herd, this allows monitoring of a cow’s body energy reserves and helps fine tune dairy herd nutrition. Join DairyCo and Martin Kavanagh, vet and dairy herd health consultant to learn more.  

Discussion points at the meetings will include:

  • The link between body condition, production disease and profit
  • Successfully achieving correct body condition score
  • Grouping cows – to group or not to group
  • Managing dry/transition cow housing.

Tuesday 25 November 2014

  • Location: The Golden Cock, Farnley Tyas, Huddersfield HD4 6UD.
  • Time: 19:30 – 21:15 

To book a place, please contact Anthony Hoile on 07500 578583 or

Wednesday 26 November 2014

  • Location: Ash Tree Farm, Rodsley, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 3AL.
  • Time: 11:00 – 14:30

To book a place, please contact Judith Stafford on 07891 556623 or

Martin Kavanagh is a qualified veterinarian and Cow Signals® trainer, he has worked in roles as a farmer, practising veterinarian, cattle nutritionist and in business and skills training.  

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