“Actual progeny test results represented via semen are much safer than predicted results represented on the hoof.”
Body condition scoring to a standard scale allows consistency within and between herds over time, and more objective assessment of BCS differences.
A BCS scale of 1-10 is detailed in this article and relates to British breeds such as Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn or their crosses
Early weaning means cow intake can be slashed and high-quality feed redeployed. Whether it pays depends on how you use it, AgFirst’s Bob Thomson says.
If you’re not targeting autumn calf sales as your main payday from beef farming there can be a strong case for weaning calves considerably earlier than traditional timings, drought or no drought. Andrew Swallow reports.