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Research review: New fact sheet for farmers: Drying off cull dairy cattle at high production and in emergency situations

Published on 31 July 2020

At Dairy Farmers of Canada, farmers can download a new fact sheet called “Drying off cull dairy cattle at high production and in emergency situations.”

The document was prepared by scientific experts at the Mastitis Network, led by Dr. Trevor DeVries at the University of Guelph, in collaboration with technical advisers, veterinarians and members of the proAction Animal Care Technical Committee.Drying off cull dairy cattle



The fact sheet provides guidance to all dairy farmers on proper dry-off procedures for dairy cattle generally and in emergency situations. Proper dry-off procedures for lactating dairy cows are important to maintain the Canadian dairy industry’s high standards for animal welfare.

Recommended best proacticesEmergency dry-off procedures may be necessary for situations like a farm accident or a rapid and unforeseen interruption in demand for milk requiring a quick reduction in milk production (i.e., early supply chain disruptions that resulted from COVID-19). In all circumstances, applying the procedures enables farmers to ensure they maintain animal health and welfare and comply with the new, revised federal regulations (2020) for dairy cattle transport.

Laminated copies that can be posted in barns will be available soon from proAction Animal Care representatives in each province. end mark

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