An integrated view on how the management of the dry period length of lactating cows could affect mammary biology and defence.

@article{Pezeshki2010AnIV,
  title={An integrated view on how the management of the dry period length of lactating cows could affect mammary biology and defence.},
  author={Adel Pezeshki and Anthony V. Capuco and Bart De Spiegeleer and Luc Peelman and M Stevens and R. J. Collier and Christian Burvenich},
  journal={Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition},
  year={2010},
  volume={94 5},
  pages={e7-30}
}
The dry period is necessary to facilitate cell turnover in the bovine mammary gland and to optimize milk production in the next lactation. An 8-week dry period has long been the golden standard of management for dairy cows. Genetic improvements and new management technologies have led to higher milk production and a need for re-evaluation of the dry period length. Over the last decade, dry period length has been proposed to be shortened or eliminated mainly from an economic point of view… CONTINUE READING