Body Condition Scoring: Complete Series

Body Condition Scoring
Body Condition Scoring

A body condition score (BCS) is a subjective evaluation of an animal’s weight relative to its size. It helps livestock owners to determine whether an animal is too fat, too thin, or just about right by noting the location and thickness of fat deposits. They can then use this information to adjust management practices to meet the animal’s needs.

Scoring systems vary for different types of livestock. In the posts below, we have summarized the systems generally used for cattle, horses, swine, sheep, and goats.

Body Condition Scoring: Beef Cattle

Beef Cattle

Body Condition Scoring: Dairy Cattle

Dairy Cattle

Body Condition Scoring: Horses

Horses

Body Condition Scoring: Swine

Swine

Body Condition Scoring: Sheep

Sheep

Body Condition Scoring: Goats

Goats