Getting an average body condition score (BCS) of 5.0 across a herd before mating isn’t all that useful, says vet Danielle Hawkins, Vetora.

Published in Management
Monday, 25 March 2019 07:54

Get ewes in shape for lambing

Focus on the ewes with a lower body condition score (BCS).

Published in Farm Health
Friday, 16 February 2018 12:55

Start thinking about BCS now

In general, all mammals use their own body reserves (fat and protein from body tissues) in early lactation, to meet the demands of milk production.

Published in Farm Health
Thursday, 27 April 2017 14:55

Keeping an eye on BCS

Treating second year heifers like mixed aged cows is one of the main reasons they don’t get in calf again, DairyNZ South Auckland consulting officer Jamie Haultain says.

Published in Farm Health
Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:55

Body condition scoring service shaping up better

Body condition score (BCS) will increasingly be adopted as a measure in welfare assurance schemes, so scoring must be accurate throughout the BCS range, say DairyNZ’s Chris Leach and Jacqueline McGowan.

Published in Farm Health
Monday, 05 September 2016 23:55

BCS records system changing

A change will be made this month to the way body condition score (BCS) records are treated before they enter the animal evaluation (AE) system.

Published in Management

An automated body condition scoring system for New Zealand-bred cows will be launched at National Fieldays next month.

Published in General News
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 13:55

Calcium’s value boosted by supplement

An animal nutritionist is urging farmers to look deeper than body condition score for a true understanding of their cows' skeletons in assessing their health.

Published in Management
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 15:03

Clues to in-calf conundrum

Despite great cow and pasture condition in spring, Lincoln University dairy farm’s six-week in-calf rate slumped from 78% last year to 72% this year.

Published in Farm Health
Thursday, 14 May 2015 16:41

Aim for tight BCS spread at calving

Range in body condition score (BCS) is as important as average BCS at calving, says DairyNZ.

Published in Farm Health
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