Body Condition Scoring

Published 7 March 14

body condition scoring

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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.

DairyCo have also produced a short training film looking at the how, when and where of Body Condition Scoring - this film can be viewed on the DairyCo YouTube channel.