I was glad to see some of the answers on the other "drying off" thread, because I have been wondering about drying my cow off before she has her calf, too. I'm not sure when she is due, as she was pasture-bred, but it could be as soon as June. I have always dried her off at least 2 months before calving in the past, but the last calf she had, she almost died from milk fever. That was April of '03, & I didn't let her have a calf last year, but kept calves on her to try to keep her giving milk as long as possible before calving again. I had asked about how to prevent a recurrence of the milk fever this time, & was told to keep her thin & keep her giving milk as long as possible. Anyway, here's the problem. She is nursing a very good registered bull calf that is only 6 weeks old, & I would like for her to nurse him as long as possible, but don't want her own calf to miss out on colostrum. So what do y'all think? Should I go ahead & dry her off & maybe stunt the good calf, or not & have her own calf not getting colostrum? And if I don't dry her off, will she be less likely to have milk fever again?