Association between patterns of body condition score during early lactation and conception rate in dairy cows
The installation of precision farming technology includes the utilization of image biometrics to calculate body condition scores (BCS) in Holstein cattle. Body condition scores help dairy operations to individually estimate energy reserves for each animal, based on subcutaneous fat found throughout the body but more specifically along the spine and the pelvis. Body condition scoring was originally a visual task performed by trained personnel that required specialized training and was often subjective. With the installation of a new automated system that has been validated (DeLaval Body Condition ...
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