Dairy cows are known to mobilize body fat to achieve their potential for milk production, which can have a detrimental impact on the health, fertility and survival of cows.
Better monitoring of cows with poor body condition (such as low or high body fat) will lead to improvements in production efficiencies and less wasted resources when producing milk from dairy cows. It’s possible to compare different methods for monitoring the body condition (body fat) of dairy cows. The methods used to measure body condition are usually: ultrasound scanner, manual observation, and a still digital image of the cow.
For comparison, each measure is expressed as a body condition score (BCS) on a scale of extremely thin (1) to very fat (5) in quarter intervals.
Read more about this on the Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems website.