Farmers Weekly News: over-fat cows have trouble with conception, calving

I don’t know what the hell went wrong with the country! But a little advice from the Farmers weekly reminds me that we need to check the condition of the Herd!

One day, its all a nice place for families, goin about their business, goin to the church (in case you don’t know this, in Our Town, we have over 19 churches, which is pretty good considering our whole population is 1913–that’s nearly one church per 100 citizens and we are quite proud of that!

Well, anyways, one day to the next, and every woman’s got a dog, but no man, every man is a woman, and every child is being butchered by the medical mafia. See this here clipping from the local paper, where one woman was carving up her son like a Thanksgiving Day company bonus turkey:: A note about misogyny: it’s a powerful meme driven by the One Percent

Hell, that’s not just me sayin that, its these folks over here, talkin about hatin women who are sleeping with dogs too, and not poppin out no good calves! What do you expect? You put a horse with a donkey you get a mule!

With all that bad news, it’s easy to tell that modern government policies are tryinta brainwash a lot of folks, but they are forgetting about old time body conditioning for the herd! If you want good cows, you can’t just set em lose in the pasture all day, birds tweetin and the river rushin by, they will just eat themselves to death and never drop a calf! A good herd requires a good shepherd, see? A good husband!

Then too, there’s that issue I mentioned above, where they’re mixin up the beef cows with the milkers, and we just can’t expect good results if you keep them in the same herd. Folks: milkers and beef cattle shouldn’t be IN the same pasture at the same time, for reasons I don’t have time to get into, but that’s like what we got here in America right now.

Well then, what I know is that you have to do some body conditioning on the herd–you can’t just sit around munchin chips watchin news stories about the calf that got roped by the wolf–yeah, I heard wut tthat boy done to that poor girl Gabby, and it gets my ears hot to be truthful–but nope, you gotta balance all of that with solid body conditioning.

Even calf’s need to get their hooves up once in awhile, learn to run when the big bad wolf is nigh–because if my experience serves me right, its a lot of cows out there calvin who shouldn’t be–hell a lot of BCS 4 cows seem to be peopling our America with lesser, and lower quality calves that lack colostrum in their early months.

But let me give it over to the experts from the college now, becaue they know a lot more than me about the science behind these things, thank God for that!

Here’s below from the University of Nebraska website a little more about that–click that link and read more about it– Go Cornhuskers!!!

Body condition scores (BCS) describe the relative fatness or body condition of a cow herd through the use of a nine-point scale. A body condition score five (BCS 5) cow is in average flesh and represents a logical target for most cow herds. A BCS 1 cow is extremely thin while a BCS 9 cow is extremely fat and obese.

Impact on subsequent rebreeding performance

Table 1. Body Condition Score
Table 1. Body Condition Score Pre-calving and impact on days from calving to estrus (post-partum interval, PPI). Houghton, 1990. Effects of body composition, pre- and postpartum energy level and early weaning on reproductive performance of beef cows and preweaning calf gain.

Body condition score (BCS) of beef cows at the time of calving has the greatest impact on subsequent rebreeding performance (Table 1). The postpartum interval is the length of time from calving to first estrus (heat) after calving.

For a cow to maintain a 365 day calving interval, she must rebreed by 82 days after calving (283 day gestation + 82 day postpartum interval = 365 days). On the average, cows that calve in a BCS 3 or 4 have difficulty exhibiting their first heat by 80 days after calving. Whereas cows that calve in BCS 5 or 6 tend to exhibit heat by 55 days after calving and; therefore, have a better opportunity to maintain a 365 day calving interval. Although cows that calve in a BCS of 7 have a short postpartum interval, it is not economical to feed cows to a condition score of 7. Thin cows at calving (BCS 4 or thinner) produce less colostrum, give birth to less vigorous calves that are slower to stand and these calves have lower immunoglobulin levels (Table 2, below), thus impairing their ability to overcome early calf-hood disease challenges. This illustrates the importance of targeting mature cows to calve in a BCS of at least 5. Because 1st-calf-heifers have only reached about 85% of their mature weight after calving and require additional nutrients to support growth, they need to be fed so they are a BCS of 6 at calving.

SO here folks, is more about body conditioning your herd:


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