Feeding+ Factsheet 4 - Body Condition Scoring (BCS)

Published 31 July 12

A factsheet all about how to body condition score dairy cattle using the Penn State assessment method, this gives detailed descriptions and accurate illustrations to help with scoring and allow dairy farmers to make the most of this important management tool.

Body condition scoring throughout lactation is a really useful way of assessing body fat reserves, particularly looking at the impact of negative energy balance in early lactation.

The factsheet can be downloaded or a laminated version (handy for use out and about) can be ordered. The full Feeding+ programme is available via post from this link.

DairyCo also have data capture forms for recording BCS these can also be downloaded here or a pad with multiple sheets can be order for postal delivery.