Body condition scoring in dairy cattle

Body condition scoring (BCS) was developed around 20 years ago and is widely accepted as a practical means of assessing the impact of negative energy balance in early lactation.

This system concentrates on the accurate determination of scores between 2.0 and 4.0 as these are the most critical for management decisions.

Scores outside these values are extreme, those below 2.0 are seriously under-conditioned and require immediate attention as do those at 4.0 and above which require controlled weight loss.

Scores range from 1 to 5 in increments of 0.25. This system concentrates on accurately assigning scores from 2.0 to 4.0. Scorers using this system will be able to assign BCS consistently and accurately

Body condition scoring resources for dairy cattle

Body condition scoring video for dairy cattle