Dry Cow Feeding and Management

About us

Dry cow feeding and management is crucially important to the success of a dairy operation.

Dry cow feeding and management is crucially important to the success of a dairy operation.

Most metabolic and infectious diseases occur in the first month post calving at a time when cows are approaching peak yield and the service period. If things go wrong in the time around calving production, health, fertility and profitability can all be negatively affected.

As vets and nutritionists, we need to understand the physiological challenges the cow experiences and how best to manage the ration and environment to maximise the chances of a successful transition into lactation.

Course Components

This highly acclaimed course aims to bring together vets and nutritionists to provide a practical grounding in:

  • Ration formulation
  • Metabolic disease prevention and trouble-shooting- milk fever, displaced abomasums, ketosis
  • Monitoring strategies- cow (condition, blood, urine) and data-based
  • Mineral and vitamin supplementation and assessment of ‘value added products’
  • Housing, grouping and movement and the ‘art of feeding’

Course Details

Date: 19th & 20th June 2024
Duration: 2 Days
Time: Course starts 10am on the first day and finishes at 4pm on the second day
Venue: Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Centre, Bowgreave Drive, Garstang, Lancashire, PR3 1YE

Cost (Course): £575 + vat
Cost (Inc DBB): £695 + vat

If you are booking 5 or more delegates, please contact us for a group discount.

Course Tutors

James Husband, Head of Livestock Development, Map of Ag

James qualified from vet school in 1993. He has 28 years of technical experience. This includes a certificate in Cattle Health & Production (RSVS 1998), a diploma in Cattle Health & Production (RCVS 2003), a diploma in Bovine Health & Management (ECBHM, 2006) before becoming specialist in Cattle Health & Production (RCVS, 2009).

James works for Map of Ag across both the business development team, working to understand industry needs, as well as the technical team, supporting and advising clients with the delivery of data and consulting projects to help meet their aims. James oversees many of the environmental sustainability projects day to day, in order to support the industry in understanding opportunities to improve on farm efficiency and environmental sustainability.

Course Tutors

Alastair Hayton

Alastair Hayton BVM&S DCHP MRCVS is a Director of Synergy Farm Health a Veterinary Practice based in the southwest of England. His interests lie in all aspects of cattle health and productivity, and he combines his clinical work with consultancy and research.

Alastair holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeon’s Diploma in Cattle Health and Production and is a RCVS Recognised Specialist in this field. He is co-author of a book Practical Cattle Farming published by Crowood Press and co-editor of a book Dairy Herd Health (2012) published by CAB International.