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  1. Animal

    Animal management is a critical component of farm profitability and sustainability. From genetics to herd management and more, this section covers topics that will help guide your decisions.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/

  2. Why BCS?

    Information about body condition scoring in New Zealand and the importance of cow condition.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/body-condition-scoring/why-bcs/

  3. How to BCS

    Find out how to body condition score a cow using a "hands on" method, and what to look for when you condition score cows.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/body-condition-scoring/how-to-bcs/

  4. BCS Initiative

    DairyNZ is leading a new approach in Northland and Canterbury to help farmers achieve their cow condition targets by calving.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/reproduction/incalf/incalf-bcs-initiative/

  5. Certified BCS Assessors

    This page details certified body condition assessors who are able to accurately score your herd.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/body-condition-scoring/certified-bcs-assessors/

  6. BCS Strategies

    Range in body condition score (BCS) is as important as average BCS at calving on New Zealand dairy farms.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/body-condition-scoring/bcs-strategies/

  7. BCS Assessor Certification Programme

    The BCS Assessor Certification Programme is designed for rural professionals to help standardise condition scoring across New Zealand.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/body-condition-scoring/assessor-certification-programme/

  8. Feedback Process

    The Body Condition Score Assessor Certification Programme is committed to ensuring Certified BCS Assessors maintain a high standard of professional conduct.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/body-condition-scoring/assessor-certification-programme/feedback-process/

  9. Body Condition Scoring

    Information about Body Condition Scoring (BCS) including how-to guides, videos, and the certified assessors list.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/body-condition-scoring/

  10. Greater accuracy for BCS breeding value

    In August 2016, there will be a change to how body condition score (BCS) records are treated before they enter the Animal Evaluation (AE) system.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/greater-accuracy-for-bcs-breeding-value/

  11. BCS Programme Events

    Become a Certified Body Condition Score Assessor and offer skilled, independent and consistent assessments meeting industry standards to your clients.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/body-condition-scoring/assessor-certification-programme/body-condition-score-programme-events/

  12. BCS Training Events

    BCS training is open to all but is recommended prior to assessment. It will guide you through theory and practical hands-on learning.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/animal/body-condition-scoring/assessor-certification-programme/body-condition-score-programme-events/bcs-training-events/

  13. Feeding for condition score gain

    With the current high milk price and the prospect of a lower price next season, there is a desire to milk for as long as possible into autumn.

    https://www.dairynz.co.nz/news/latest-news/feeding-for-condition-score-gain/