C.A.H.L.

CAHL Ltd.
Tullow
Co. Carlow
Ireland

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Fax:
+353 (0) 59 915 1856
Mail:
cgibson@cahl.ie

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Nutribio Ltd.
Tivoli Industrial Estate
Cork
Ireland

Tel:
+353 (0) 214 507 303
Fax:
+353 (0) 214 507 152
Mail:
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Dry Cow Management – Hygiene and disease prevention

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Dry Cow Management – Hygiene and disease prevention

The current mild, damp weather conditions provide the ideal situation for diseases to thrive on Irish farms this winter. Prevention of problems is far easier and more cost effective than cure and it is important that farmers take steps now to prevent outbreaks of disease and infection on farms. The first step is hygiene in cubicle houses. Cubicles should be scraped and limed twice a day – the lime is an important factor in keeping the lying areas dry, and can also be used in straw beds. Disinfectant limes, or weekly treatment of a fine mist of disinfectant spray onto clean cubicles before liming will help to reduce the bacterial load and infection pressure. Any dry cows that pick up infections now are likely to calve down with mastitis, and will be starting the next lactation on the back foot. This is particularly important to avoid in heifers calving down in the spring.

Sheds must be well ventilated, to prevent the build-up of stale air, and it is important not to over-stock sheds. Adequate head space at the feed barrier is a vital aspect of dry cow nutrition – if space is limiting, group cows where possible to ensure all cows have access to fresh feed. Where dry cow minerals are being top-dressed on silage, ensure all cows have access to the minerals, and that supplementation is even throughout the herd.

Prepare calving pens well in advance of first expected calving date, and ensure they are cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the busy calving period. Where possible, maintain a separate calving pen for heifers to minimise the risk of infections being passed from older cows.

Nutribio supply a range of cubicle limes including Hy-Cal 10, Bacticube and Agrical.

Contact us for further advice or information or see your local stockist.