Implications of Cow Body Condition Score on Productivity
Mature beef cow with a body condition score of 6
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Hersom, Matt, Todd Thrift, and Joel Yelich. 2015. “Implications of Cow Body Condition Score on Productivity: AN319/AN319, 8/2015”. EDIS 2015 (7). Gainesville, FL:6.


Body condition score (BCS) indicates how much fat a cow has on its body, which is an important factor in cow health and reproductive capacity. Growers can use BCS to understand and manage the health of a herd and maintain a profitable operation. This 6-page fact sheet explains how BCS is measured, what different scores mean, the economic impact of various scores, and how changing cow nutrition can move BCS in a desired direction. Written by Matt Hersom, Todd Thrift, and Joel Yelich, and published by the UF Department of Animal Sciences, August 2015.

AN319/AN319: Implications of Cow Body Condition Score on Productivity (
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