Drying-off is probably the single biggest opportunity to make a difference to mastitis control - it is the best chance to cure existing infections, and it is a very important part of preventing new infections, especially at calving.
Drying-off is so important in terms of preventing new infections at calving, that at Dairy Focus we don't think of drying-off as then end of one lactation, but rather as the start of the next one!
And if you get it wrong, or even not as good as it might be, you have to wait until the next dry-off for that cow, or group of cows, before you have another opportunity to achieve those goals.
How can you maximise this opportunity? What, if anything, could change?