:help the time has come to dry off my faithful milker, Pearl. she is a nice big La Mancha, NOT preg, that has milked a consistent 2 QTS since we switched her to OAD milking 3 months ago. i thought she would taper off, but... being as this is my first go at this, i hope you can help me with some questions. i know there is a couple of ways people dry off there does... any input on what has the best results? i am terrified of her getting mastitis! also... i know this must be a silly question, but here goes. as we're in the drying off process - is her milk still ok to drink?? and finally, i've read to cut back on the amount of feed she is getting, but will she still out on weight if i cut her rations? so, that's it. sorry if i'm the only person that doesn't know the answers to this. any help is appreciated! thanks!