Body Condition Scoring

Scoring Chart

  1. 1. Emaciated
    Little muscle left
  2. 2. Very Thin
    No fat,
    bones visible
  3. 3. Thin
    Foreribs visible
  4. 4. Borderline
    Foreribs not visible. 12th
    & 13th ribs visible
  5. 5. Moderate
    Nether fat nor thin
  6. 6. Good
    smooth appearance
  7. 7. Very Good
    Smooth with fat over back and
    tail head
  8. 8. Fat
    Blocky. Bone over back not visible
  9. 9. Very Fat
    Tail buried and
    in fat


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Heifers Don't Have to be Pigs at the Feed Bunk — from MSU News Service

Research Calls for Maintaining a 5-6 Score from Farm and Ranch Guide

BCS Implications for Managing Beef Cows — from Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development

Cow Body Condition Changes After Calving — from Extension

BCS Impacts Breed Back Capabilities in Cows — Linked with permission from Farm Talk

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Body Condition Scoring CD-ROMs — from Government of Alberta, Agriculture and Rural Development

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