Body Condition Scoring – is it an essential service?

Body Condition Scoring – is it an essential service?
In these unprecedented times, we are all asking questions about what is essential and what is not. Ensuring your cows are dried off at the right time, and then fed in the right way in order to allow them the best chance of achieving optimal BCS at calving is still essential.
It can be hard to know how to do this on your own – we are still available to offer advice, either by phone or on farm (while maintaining physical distancing).

Some possibilities may include:
  • Your vet can do a mob score in the paddock – tell us which paddock the herd is in, and we can score them without even seeing you in person. We can then email you a report and follow up with a phone call.
  • We can score cows individually, while maintaining 2m physical distance from everyone on farm. These individual cow scores, when collated with expecting calving dates, allow us to develop a table of recommended dry off dates for your herd.
  • You (or one of your team) may be confident to BCS cows but need help with translating that information into dry off dates... we can work with you on this.
For more information regarding BCS see DairyNZ’s guide or talk to your Anexa Vet, we’re here to help.

COVID-19 Risk Management Plan: Our staff will be following the government guidelines and maintain a distance of 2m apart when possible. Unwell staff will not be working. Our staff will continue to follow high biosecurity standards.


Date Added: Friday, 3rd April 2020


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