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23rd February, 2019

Scanning Brown Swiss cows reveals poor feet versus their Holstein counterparts

On a farm visit in Co. Offaly, we scanned a herd of Brown Swiss cows and Holstein cows. The body condition score of the cows was excellent. However the feet in the Brown Swiss cows were in very poor condition. The client claimed that the Brown Swiss had poor feet and gestation rates relative to the Holstein cows. In my experience heat detection is very difficult in Brown Swiss cows.