Prof. Dr. ISMAIL YILDIRIM
The aim of the study is to know the influence of prepartum body condition score on various stages of parturition. Prepartum body condition score was carried out on 60 crossbred animals by using a 6 point scale before one week of expected date of calving. Animals were classified as low, medium and high body condition based on their body condition score. The Body condition of the dam had no significant effect on time intervals during the process of parturition. However, high body condition dams took slightly more time (175.6±10.0 min) to deliver their calves than the medium (172.1±7.1 min) and low (170.7±7.8 min) body condition animals. Prepartum body condition also had no effect on postpartum weight loss of dam and birth weight of calf.