At a recent training day held at Roadhead Farm Feeds, Nicola Fair from DairyCo emphasised the importance of both Body Condition Scoring (BCS) and Mobility Scoring your cows. Nicola emphasised the change in BCS particularly during lactation is more important than the absolute BCS value of your herd.
Why is BCS so important?
Energy reserves in the form of fat and muscle are extremely important for reproductive success. BCS at calving and BCS at the beginning of breeding is one of the most important indicators of reproductive performance. Cows enter Negative Energy Balance (NEB) immediately prior to calving. This time period of NEB has been associated with metabolic diseases, increased times to first ovulation and first conception.
What are the targets?
Stage Of Lactation Target
At Calving 2.5 – 3
30 Days Post Calving 2.25-2.5
100 Days Before Drying Off 2.5 – 3
At Drying Off 2.5 – 3
Do you BCS your cows?
It allows you to plan and make adjustments to your feeding regime. There is a very strong relationship between BCS and reproductive performance of your herd. Our aim at Roadhead is to minimise NEB in your herd by designing a blend to meet your cows requirement.
If you would like to learn about the principles and the benefits of BCS, speak to one of the Roadhead team. We have literature available on request that gives a step by step guide on how to score your cows.