From a nutritional point of view, the dry period covers the time from the cow being dried off until 3 weeks before she calves. During this time, the cow requires energy to support maintenance, activity, BCS gain and pregnancy.
- Ensure Cows are managed appropriately during dry off
- Understand energy requirements of a dry cow
- Achieve BCS targets at calving
- Feed the right amount of the right feed
Table 1: Approximate amounts (kg DM) of commonly used feeds required (down the throat) for a 1.0 unit increase in BCS (above requirements for maintenance, pregnancy and activity).