Importance of Body Condition Scoring in Dry Period of Dairy Cows

Published on: 06/10/2020
Author/s : Amit Kumar Singh, Dhawal Kant Yadav, Manmohan Singh Rajput / PhD LPM Scholars, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, India - 132001.

Introduction In field conditions, body condition scoring has been accepted as most satisfactory tool for easy judgment of dairy animals for their energy status as compared to the laboratory methods like estimation of plasma NEFA, BHBA, glucose, urea, protein, etc. but they are laboratory methods which require a well-equipped lab facility, and it is expensive too. BCS is a method commonly used to ...

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June 10, 2020
The relationship between the body condition score in the dry period in dairy cattle and the formation of postpartum foot diseases such as the relationship between displaced abomasum, udder problems and ketosis should be emphasized.
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AMIT KUMAR SINGH AMIT KUMAR SINGH
Ph.D. LPM Scholar
June 10, 2020
celal izci your comments are appreciable. Stay tuned in coming days I will be uploading a complete detailed review on interrelationship between BCS and other physiological conditions of dairy animals
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June 12, 2020

Excellent topic! Regarding the BSC image assessment technologies, what is your opinion on the large-scale applicability?

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AMIT KUMAR SINGH AMIT KUMAR SINGH
Ph.D. LPM Scholar
June 13, 2020

Wilder Ortiz Practically if we talk, it takes hardly 30-60 seconds to acess the BCS by a skilled person. In addition to this, BCS assessment is done fortnightly and monthly for growing and lactating animals respectively. So, it has large scale acceptability for a skilled person having little experience.

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June 29, 2020

In season (June) like Rwanda country's by using dry matters feeding lactating animals, it is low production of milk.

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Dr.Syed Amjad Ali Dr.Syed Amjad Ali
DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) & M.sc (Hon) in Livestock Management in the Subject of Livestock & Dairy Development
July 11, 2020
Narcisse rukundo corn or Maize Silage is good replacer would Maintain high Milk production as well as will not affect BCS
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June 29, 2020
An important issue for dairy cattle. The relationship between dry period BCS and the formation of postpartum foot diseases should also be emphasized! What do you think about this?
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AMIT KUMAR SINGH AMIT KUMAR SINGH
Ph.D. LPM Scholar
June 30, 2020
celal izci over BCS cows are more on the verge of foot diseases. Some of my upcoming articles will surely include your suggestion.
Thank you
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June 30, 2020
Undoubtedly we should have deep consideration on this item. If the cows are drying with 3.25-3.5, it's ok and we have to keep it and prevent any losses up to close up pen and eventually calving. Although some refrencess suggest 0.25 increase in BCS from dry off to close up especially for thin cows, keeping 3.25-3.5 in these period is excellent. According to the recent article published in dairy science, cows that lost BCS in dry off pen, had increased odds of developing sub clinical ketosis and metrit. Besides changes in BCS around calving, associated with BCS in dry off pen.
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Dr.Syed Amjad Ali Dr.Syed Amjad Ali
DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) & M.sc (Hon) in Livestock Management in the Subject of Livestock & Dairy Development
July 11, 2020
Animals in good Body condition Score in dry period would favour High producer dammit and vice versa.
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