The dry period can be a stressful time for cows, especially when they’re dried off while still producing large amounts of milk. These animals can experience udder engorgement and milk leakage — resulting in less rest time and a higher risk of mastitis infections. But dairy producers now have a new way to help cows transition into the dry period more comfortably with Bovikalc® Dry — an oral mineral bolus designed to decrease dry matter intake and reduce milk production.
“Research has shown that cows should be producing 33 lb.or less at dry off to improve udder health,1 but the herds I work with have several cows giving closer to 50 or 60 lb.,” said Luciano Caixeta, DVM, PhD, assistant professor, University of Minnesota. “Until now, if producers wanted to reduce production, they needed to go through the work of manipulating the diet or reduce the number of milkings prior to dry off.”
BOVIKALC DRY quickly and efficiently decreases milk production with the simple administration of two boluses at, or eight to 12 hours before, the last milking. “When we reduce milk production and udder engorgement, cows can focus on rest and prepare for their next lactation,” said Linda Tikofsky, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim.
BOVIKALC DRY is a complement to the Boehringer Ingelheim BOVIKALC calcium supplement. “We've trusted the BOVIKALC calcium supplement to control hypocalcemia and get fresh cows off to a strong start,” asserted Dr. Tikofsky. “Now, we can look to BOVIKALC DRY to help animals ease into the dry period more comfortably.”
“If we can make that transition process smoother, for the cow and for the dairy producer, we'll all be better off,” said Caixeta.
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is the second largest animal health business in the world, with net sales of $4.7 billion (4.1 billion euros) in 2020 and presence in more than 150 countries.