BCS

Monitoring cows BCS post-calving

Monitoring cows BCS post-calving

As the breeding season approaches on dairy farms, it is important that farmers monitor the body condition score (BCS) of...

March 17, 2022

Monitoring cows for milk fever

Monitoring cows for milk fever

The spring-calving season is underway on many farms, and a common issue seen around this time, is milk fever.. Milk...

January 29, 2022

BCS autumn-calvers ahead of breeding season

BCS autumn-calvers ahead of breeding season

Rapid body condition score (BCS) loss after calving can lead to negative health implications and/or failure of going back in-calf....

December 5, 2021

Hitting BCS targets to avoid calving issues

Hitting BCS targets to avoid calving issues

The body condition score (BCS) of cows should be one of the main factors that determines when a cow is...

December 4, 2021

Autumn calving: Some jobs to tick off the to-do list

Autumn calving: Some jobs to tick off the to-do list

The autumn-calving season is well underway on farms, but as we move towards the breeding season, it is important to...

November 13, 2021

Have you assessed your cow’s BCS yet?

Have you assessed your cow’s BCS yet?

The drying off of cows is just around the corner on many farms, with body condition score (BCS) being key...

October 21, 2021

Monitoring negative energy balance in cows

Monitoring negative energy balance in cows

Up to two weeks before calving, dairy cows enter a negative energy balance (NEB), which can lead to the development...

October 14, 2021

Body condition scoring in autumn-calving cows

Body condition scoring in autumn-calving cows

While spring-calving herds are mid-way through their milk production season, most autumn-calving herds are approaching the end of theirs. Cows...

June 12, 2021

Thoughts now turn to dairy breeding season

Thoughts now turn to dairy breeding season

As the calving season begins to quieten down on many farms across the country, focus now turns to getting prepared...

April 3, 2021

Boost your herd’s fertility this breeding season

Boost your herd’s fertility this breeding season

Achieving higher conception rates this breeding season, can be helped through close monitoring of your herd’s body condition score (BCS)....

March 26, 2021

BCS of ewes at lambing: What should I be targeting?

BCS of ewes at lambing: What should I be targeting?

Farmers should be targeting a ewe body condition score (BCS) of between 3.2 and 3.5 at lambing time, according to...

February 6, 2021

Maintaining ewe BCS in early lactation is critical

Maintaining ewe BCS in early lactation is critical

The recent dry weather has enabled farmers to get their ewes and lambs out to pasture, as well as getting...

April 5, 2020