This book brings together all the practical information about the most important period in the cow’s lactation cycle, the group of cows that require most attention and the jobs that have the greatest impact on the health, welfare, production and job satisfaction of cow and farmer. Eighty percent of the time a farmer spends directly on his cows goes toward 20 percent of his herd. This 20 percent consists of special needs cows — dry cows, new heifers, newly calved cows, lame cows, weak cows and sick cows. Targeting this work efficiently saves a lot of time and makes the farmer’s work much more enjoyable. Written in a practical way, this book explains how to guide the cows through a healthy and problem-free dry period, calving, and start of lactation. The outcome: more milk and far fewer problems. Just like earlier editions in the Cow Signals series, this book is bursting with photographs, practical examples, fabulous illustrations and look-think-act pictures designed to challenge and educate the reader. From the Netherlands, copyright 2013, softcover, 72 pages.