Observing and quantifying cow signs

You can’t see what’s going on inside your cows’ rumens, but you can use visual signs to assess how well they are coping with the diet.

It is important to identify feeding problems early and take action before they escalate. Quantifying your observations using scoring systems helps you be objective and track changes over time.

Download the 'Observing and quantifying cow signs' fact sheet.

Key messages

  • Understand the difference between marginal and average milk responses
  • Seek to maximise profit, not milk production