Definition of dry an animal off in English:

dry an animal off

phrasal verb

  • Cease milking and reduce the rations of a cow or other animal so that it stops producing milk.

    ‘cows are dried off about 90 days before calving’
    • ‘All cows are dried off together and all farmers do this at the same time.’
    • ‘His cows are dried off to allow them to calve down at a condition score of 3.2.’
    • ‘Consider drying heifers off even if in good body condition and give them every chance for the next lactation.’
    • ‘In an ideal world our aim must be to dry the cow off in the BCS we would like to calve her down, that is a BCS of 3.0 to 3.25 on a scale of 1 to 5.’