AgriAcademy – Dry Cow Therapy

Start date: ONLINE

Duration: Study at your own pace online

Location: Online

Certificate: N/A

Cost: Free

Course code: N/A

Programme overview

Learning outcomes

The objective of this Agri Academy module is to help farmers understand best practice when drying off cows. We will go through the selection criteria involved including a step by step guide of the techniques involved in the drying off operation. We also cover the key principles of selective dry cow therapy.

  • Purpose of Dry Cow Period
  • Selection criteria for drying off cows
  • Selective Dry Cow Therapy and decision tree
  • Techniques involved
  • Equipment required
  • Recommendations and tips for successful dry off


Section 1 – Drying Off Cows

  • The purpose of the dry period
  • Determining the length of the dry period
  • The purpose of dry cow therapy
  • Drying off process and mastitis

Section 2 – Selective Dry Cow Therapy (SDCT)

  • What is Selective Dry Cow Therapy
  • Decision Tree for SDCT

Section 3 – Recommendations for Drying Off

  • Timeline for drying off cows
  • Best practice for drying off

Section 4 – What is Involved in Drying Off Process

  • Equipment required
  • Drying off procedure

Trainer Profile

Conor Geraghty, native of Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, graduated with an MVB from University College Dublin in 1999. Following terms in both large animal and equine practice in the midlands and West of Ireland, Conor is now principal of Geraghty & Neary Veterinary, a three-person large animal/equine practice in east Galway. His specific veterinary interests include herd health, reproductive efficiency in beef and dairy cattle and knowledge transfer. He graduated from UCDs Dairy Herd Health in 2016.

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