Want to see what we are looking for? Click the video above to see cows being locomotion scored during a real-life C.O.W.S.® assessment in California.
Dr. Karen Luchterhand- Manager of the NOVUS® C.O.W.S. Program
The C.O.W.S. program has been successful in working with dairy producers and their teams to unlock bottlenecks in their operations.
The program is provided by Novus International and was developed in collaboration with Dan Weary and Marina Von Keyserlingk from the University of British Columbia. It started in 2010 with the assistance of two graduate students from the University of British Columbia visiting and collecting data from mature, high-production Holstein pens from 200 dairy farms in the U.S.
By HEATHER TUCKER* *Dr. Heather Tucker is a research scientist, ruminant nutrition, with Novus International. INFERTILITY and lameness are critical challenges that dairy producers and veterinarians must deal with on a daily basis. Both issues can result in serious economic losses for producers due to decreased milk yield, reduced fertility and increased treatment costs and culling rates.