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Keywords:

  • body condition scoring;
  • dairy cattle;
  • milk yield;
  • assessment of health;
  • optimum management

Profitable dairy production relies on healthy cattle that convert feed efficiently into milk while maintaining good fertility. Body condition scoring, which makes an assessment of subcutaneous fat, can be used to reflect energy balance within the cow. It is essential to regularly score the body condition of dairy herds to ensure optimum health for fertility, calving and milk production, and to facilitate changes in management where necessary.