With little grass to graze on since early summer, the dry cows were standing for hours around the hay manger eating hay. When some of the cows began to develop problems with their feet, it became obvious that standing for extended periods of time was creating sore feet and lameness. We started drought grazing in July to limit standing around the hay manger by unrolling a large round hay bale on the ground to allow the cows to eat the hay as if they were grazing.
Animal care is one of the most important aspects of a dairy farmer's job. Resolving problems that create lameness is important to the health of each dairy cow. Lameness decreases feed intake which in turn can decrease milk production,create other metabolic disorders, and increase reproductive problems that can lead to the need of removing the dairy animal from the farm.
drought grazing is preventing lameness and keeping our cows healthy!