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23rd February, 2019

Scanning cows reveals negative impact of body condition score

On a farm visit in Co. Waterford a client presented cows that were running with a stock bull for 8 weeks. He had started A.I. for a period of 4 weeks. He was unsure of the reproductive status of the herd. Scanning the cows revealed that many of the eligible cows were anoestrus and this was associated with poor body condition score. In addition, the freshly calved cows were in poor body condition and this was associated with poor involution scores based on scanning.