6) Is this an acceptable approach for my dairy?
Utilizing a shortened dry period and feeding a negative DCAD diet can be an alternative approach to managing dry cow health, milk production and profitability. To determine whether this strategy is right for your dairy, evaluate the pros and cons of this dry cow management strategy and continue this conversation with your veterinarian, nutritional advisor and key farm personnel. A shorter, single-group dry cow program, coupled with feeding a negative DCAD diet, may result in a healthier herd, simpler feeding program, higher milk production and greater profitability.
Ken Zanzalari, Ph.D., Dipl. ACAN is an ARPAS board-certified nutritionist with Prince Agri
Products, Inc. He can be contacted at Ken.Zanzalari@princeagri.com or 217-257-8116.