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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Dry Cows

Body Condition Score

Body Condition Score

Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is a simple and effective farm management tool. It is a measure of body fat/energy reserves, that can be used to aid decisions or troubleshoo...

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Dry Cow Feeding Farming Note

Dry Cow Feeding Farming Note

Dry cow feeding and management is central to any successful dairy business, however there is a tendency to put dry cows out in a field for the early dry period and leave ...

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Dry Period Length

Dry Period Length

The optimal dry period length between lactations in dairy cows has been debated for many years. Traditionally, an 8-week dry period was considered the ideal duration - ba...

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Effective Farm Lighting

Effective Farm Lighting

Lighting on a dairy farm is important for animal health and production, but can be a significant cost. This Farming Note addresses: Optimum lighting levels and hours ...

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Milk Fever Prevention Farming Note

Milk Fever Prevention Farming Note

Milk fever is a metabolic disease which occurs when the calcium reserves of the freshly calved cow are unable to meet the demands of milk production and smooth muscle fu...

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Monitoring Cameras

Monitoring Cameras

No longer just a security tool, the role of cameras on-farm has seen a revolution in recent years, particularly since the growth of smart phones and tablets.  Whether yo...

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Reducing Mastitis in the Dry Period Farming Note

Reducing Mastitis in the Dry Period Farming Note

Each new case of mastitis costs around £276. Many of these cases appear in early lactation, with up to 50% attributed to management in the dry period. Subclinical mastit...

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Reducing Mastitis Pressure in Buildings

Reducing Mastitis Pressure in Buildings

Environmental mastitis pathogens are naturally present in the housed environment, but problems occur when the pathogen pressure becomes too high. This Farming Note cov...

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Selective Dry Cow Management

Selective Dry Cow Management

The typical method for preventing new infections and treatment of intra-mammary infections during the dry period has historically been the blanket use of Dry Cow Therapy....

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Sole Bruising and Sole Ulcers

Sole Bruising and Sole Ulcers

Sole bruising and sole ulcers are painful lameness conditions, and studies have shown that unfortunately once damage has been done it is unusual for cows to be fully soun...

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Summer Mastitis

Summer Mastitis

Summer mastitis poses a continued and significant risk to dry cows and maiden heifers in the warmer months of July to September and has even been identified in bull calve...

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