2015 Innovation Award Winner: DeLaval Body Condition Scoring

The Body Condition Scoring (BCS) system implements cutting-edge technology to automate a subjective, error-prone process. It provides a BCS without relying on the guesswork and the inaccuracies of visual and tactile evaluation.

Typically, the camera is mounted to a robotic voluntary milking system or over a DeLaval sort gate. It takes a three-dimensional image of the cows' lower back as they pass under the camera. There is no need for the cow to stop.

The DeLaval system calculates the BCS of each cow and sends it to the DeLaval DelPro- Farm Manager software, where a producer can view graphs of individual animals, groups or the entire herd. DelPro Farm Manager can be set to share automated reports on health deviations with veterinarians and nutritionists. The score can then be used to help plan feedings to ensure the herd has healthy body fat reserves to promote milk production, reproductive efficiency and cow longevity.