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Body Condition Scoring Cows – why, when, where & how to make it really count

Mar 2, 2022 | Dairy, Dairy Farm Reproduction, Podcast

Join Anexa Dairy Vets for this relaxed, yet informative, veterinary podcast for dairy farmers and their farm staff. This podcast series, In One Ear and Out the Udder is aimed at all staff on the farm, who are interested in learning more about the animal health issues affecting dairy cows in New Zealand. Designed to be an easy-listen while you are bringing the cows to the shed for milking or hosing down the yard, these interview-style chats aim to help create common knowledge on farm and provide some points for discussion amongst the whole farm team.

In this episode of Anexa’s Podcast, In One Ear and Out the Udder, Emma chats with Hanneke Officer about the benefits of regularly body condition scoring (BCS) dairy cows. They compare mob scoring to individual cow condition scoring and discuss ways to use the extra information gained when every cow in the herd is condition scored, such as generating dry off lists based on each cow’s condition and predicted calving date.  If you haven’t had your whole herd condition scored before, listening to this episode will explain how easy the process can be and why now is the perfect time to incorporate condition scoring to help with management decisions for your herd that will provide positive returns now and into future seasons.

Other Anexa resources you may find helpful:

Individual body condition scoring.pdf


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