At three weeks prior to freshening, begin adjusting dry cows to milking ration forage. Feed up to 5 lbs. of the milking grain ration in addition to dry cow grain.
Close-up dry cows typically have reduced dry matter intake, therefore nutrient density of the ration should be increased for the cow close to freshening. Starting 14 days before calving date, feed MFA Rampart Transition Feed at a minimum of 8-12 lbs. per head per day, feed through the first 10 days of lactation. This practice will help stimulate intake and provide critical nutrients needed by cows under the stress of freshening.
Drying off cows and moving them to the dry cow pasture often puts their nutritional concerns on the back burner. Maintaining a high level of nutrient fortification lets cows rest up from the previous lactation and get ready for the next lactation. When dry cows are rested and ready for freshening and early lactation, they are more likely to realize maximum milk production.
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