NEW ZEALAND – Free body condition score (BCS) assessments will be provided across New Zealand’s Northland herds in a move to address problems with production and profitability.
Assessors will be provided by DairyNZ to help farmers get struggling cow to a condition score of 5.0 by calving, the recommended score under the New Zealand BCS system.
Through three fully funded BCS consultations funded by Dairy NZ, consistent and accurate assessments will be given, according to Sally Peel, DairyNZ developer.
“The BCS initiative means farmers can experience the process of BCS assessment and understand the benefits of getting cows to BCS targets,” said Mrs Peel.
“The programme has been moving around the country and is currently in its third year. We have already seen a lot of opportunities captured through the programme.”
“Every year we see large numbers of cows calving at below target condition and consequently achieving below potential production and profitability."
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