Producing high-quality milk is a primary concern of dairy farmers, which is why the production herd often receives more attention than the dry cows and bred heifers. However, it is important that dairy producers not lose sight of the great value that their dry cows and bred heifers hold: the future of the milking herd. Environmental management practices such as rotational grazing, heavy-use area pads for feeding and watering, and shelter can be used to increase close-up cows’ future performance by preventing mastitis and other health disorders such as lameness.
Higgins, Stephen F. and Schmidt, Kylie, "Increasing Dry Cow and Bred Heifer Performance with Environmental Management" (2014). Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications. 127.