Dry period – resting cows

During the dry or resting period, the cow prepares for the challenges she will be subjected to during calving.

During this period, it is crucial to meet the cow’s needs for vitamins and minerals. The cow’s immune response must also be strengthened during this period to cope with the upcoming lactation process.

During the dry period, the immune response can be boosted with generally good supply of vitamins and minerals. We recommended that the dry/resting period minerals include natural vitamin E as well as organic selenium, zinc, manganese and copper.

Providing vitamins and minerals is also crucial for the newborn calf. Cows with a stronger immune response give birth to healthier calves.

Maintaining a stable level of calcium around the time of calving is one of the most important factors in achieving successful lactation start-up. A stable level of calcium can be achieved by keeping daily calcium intake below 20 grams per day. As this is very difficult in practice, we advise you to use X-Zelit, which binds calcium. 

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