Oh Crap! Part of cattle ranching is checking the nutritional needs of cows use manure to help w/ BCS


Welcome to ranch life logic it seems
that the winter months are always so busy putting feed out and monitoring the
health of all the animals. We are always moving fast but staying behind. The
cattle communicate quite well about their nutritional needs through their
body condition score or BCS. Today I will show a couple examples of cows and
different body condition scores and explain why they are in the condition
that they are. I also will talk about cow poop and how I use it to determine how
well I’m meeting their protein and energy needs. Stay with me to the end and we’ll
talk about some self evaluations that each of us need to do from time to time.
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like, subscribe, and the notification bell so that we can stay in touch! Body condition scores run from one to
nine. One being extremely skinny and nine being obese. This is a good example of a
cow with a BCS of about six to seven. She has good fat over her ribs,
backbone, and tail head. I also need to watch how well a cow
moves to be sure that she doesn’t have any problems getting to the available
feed. this cow has a BCS of three to maybe
four. She is too thin and I need to help her gain about 150 to 200 pounds. You can see her
back and pin bones, which are backed by her tail and below. and the hook bone
which is forward of her tail and below her backbone. I shouldn’t be able to see
her backbone and I should see fat around her tail head so she’s much much too
thin. A big part of her thin condition can be
attributed to her being a wet cow. That means that she’s being nursed by a calf.
You can tell because her teats are clean and shiny and there’s hair removed from
her bag where her calf nurses. This is a dry cow. She’ll have a calf in about
two to three months. It’s easy to see the difference between her and the wet cow. This cow is a three and the cold winter
plus our nursing calf has taken a toll on her. I will be moving away from
calving in the fall and do strictly spring calving for this very reason. She has put the health of her calf
above her own. You can see that her calf is in excellent condition compared
to her mother. I use manure piles to determine how
well I’m doing with my nutritional supplements. A layered pat can
suggest that this cow is not getting enough protein in her diet. Therefore her
rumen is not a healthy environment for the bacteria that help her break the hay
down so that she can access all of the available nutrients from the hay. This
pat suggests that the rumen environment is much more healthy than the previous
pat. She could also use a little more rumen and health though to assist her in
the breakdown of the corn seen here. Just like I can use manure to help me
determine the internal environment of the cow’s gut, we should look at the crap
that we allow into our souls. Many things are destructive that we
choose to hold on to or indulge in. The only way that we can improve the quality
of our life is to frequently stop and observe the mess laying around in our
soul or cluttered around us at home. Then we can plan to do something about
what we see. It will always involve an action plan. By creating a plan and then
acting we can change all of that crap into opportunities for growth, heavenly
light, and beauty beyond understanding.

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