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Body Condition Scoring

Body Condition Scoring Farming Note

Body condition score has significant impact on dry matter intake, metabolic health and subsequent fertility and performance. Monitoring body condition score at different stages of the lactation allows diets and rations to be formulated and adjusted accordingly and informed management decisions to be made, that will maximise herd health and production and minimise problems at calving.

This Farming Note covers:

  • The importance of body condition scoring
  • Target scores at different stages of the lactation
  • Mobilisation of protein reserves
  • A separate 'Body Condition Scoring Record Sheet'

Issued September 2008.

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Since 1991 Kingshay has been publishing Farming Notes on issues critical to the success of a modern dairy farm business. These briefings provide dairy farmers, large animal vets, farm consultants and other interested parties with the most important and timely information in a concise two-page format. The information contained in our Farming Notes is written and updated by our experts to ensure accuracy and save you time.

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