Invited review: Methods to determine body fat reserves in the dairy cow with special regard to ultrasonographic measurement of backfat thickness.

@article{Schrder2006InvitedRM,
  title={Invited review: Methods to determine body fat reserves in the dairy cow with special regard to ultrasonographic measurement of backfat thickness.},
  author={Uwe Schr{\"o}der and Rudolf Staufenbiel},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  year={2006},
  volume={89 1},
  pages={
          1-14
        }
}
As the dairy cow uses body energy reserves in early lactation, body condition scoring has become an integral part of dairy herd management. Several methods based on visual and tactile evaluation have been developed. Problems caused by the subjectivity of these techniques have been reported. Alternative approaches to predict energy reserves or energy balance in dairy cattle include metabolic profiling and measurement of live weight, heart girth, or skinfold thickness. A less common method to… CONTINUE READING

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