Invited review: Body condition score and its association with dairy cow productivity, health, and welfare.

@article{Roche2009InvitedRB,
  title={Invited review: Body condition score and its association with dairy cow productivity, health, and welfare.},
  author={John R. Roche and Nicolas C. Friggens and Jane K. Kay and M W Fisher and K. J. Stafford and Donagh P Berry},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  year={2009},
  volume={92 12},
  pages={5769-801}
}
The body condition score (BCS) of a dairy cow is an assessment of the proportion of body fat that it possesses, and it is recognized by animal scientists and producers as being an important factor in dairy cattle management. The scale used to measure BCS differs between countries, but low values always reflect emaciation and high values equate to obesity. The intercalving profile of BCS is a mirror image of the milk lactation profile. Cows lose condition for 50 to 100 d postcalving, because of… CONTINUE READING
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