Body Condition and Nutrition - Part 2


In the second segment of our Body Condition and Nutrition series, David Magee Ruminant Nutritionist with Kiernan Milling is examining a cow with a BCS of 2.5.

In this video, during the assessment David draws close attention to the cow’s spine, pin-bones, hook bones and short and long ribs, for example.

After evaluating the cow’s current Body Condition Score (BCS) David suggested numerous actions to undertake to ensure that the cow calves down with a BCS of 3.25. This BCS in question ensures that the cow does not experience any metabolic issues when calving down.

Recommendations:

  • Requires preferential treatment in the dry-cow period.
  • Introduce a specially formulated diet.
  • Good silage & 2-3kg of high energy to ensure that the cow replenishes.

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