Now that the does have been bred for 2013 (see Kidding Schedule), it’s time to think about drying them off. But, it’s said that you shouldn’t dry off does prematurely as that will shorten the length of all their future lactations. We were considering going on milk test next year, so we don’t want to do that - but also wondered whether milk testing would be worthwhile – would the does have earned their AR (Advanced Registry) milk stars if we’d tested this year?
The AR star is earned by a doe when the herd goes on official DHI (Dairy Herd Improvement) milk test and the doe produces the [...]
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