Body condition score
There is roughly one month to go before the start of the main breeding season. Next week’s paper will have the spring AI focus with the new active bull list and breeding-related articles. The best thing you can do in advance of the breeding season is to have your cows in good body condition score (BCS). Now is a good time to BCS all the cows in the herd, even those not yet calved. The most at risk cows are those at 2.5 and below. I would also consider cows at 2.75 but heading to 2.5 as being at risk also. These cows are under pressure. The research is clear that it is BCS loss that is a major cause of infertility. So how can you reduce BCS loss now or help those low cows to gain BCS?