Not achieving a calf per cow each year? It’s time for your herd to shape up.
Alltech nutrition expert, Alan Kelly, a featured speaker at Global 500 on the nutrition requirements of suckler cows, stresses the importance of utilizing a systematic “Body Condition Scoring” (BCS) system to estimate fat reserves and improve herd numbers. In this video, he explains how feeding based on those tailored scores improves reproductive efficiency and saves on feed costs – up to $40 per cow.
Under no circumstances, he says, can you “visually assess an animal,” instead, it requires physical handling to measure excess body reserves and low muscle mass in the loin, tail head, and other integral areas that greatly affect the cow’s physical health.
Kelly says because the average reproductive cycle of a healthy cow from the time she delivers her calf to when she is ready to conceive again is approximately 80 days after the 288 gestation period, there is only a short window of time to manage her nutrition and get her in proper shape to easily conceive again. Alltech’s research shows that cows with poor assessment numbers and higher body fat percentages require an extra 20 days until they are able to reproduce, making it impossible to have a target output of a calf per cow each year. This waiting period can cost you up to $4.50 per day, per cow.
Watch and discover his advice on creating a tailored nutrition plan for your herd to keep your cows in shape, and money in your pocket.