BODY CONDITION
SCORING CHART

Body Condition Score Visial Observation
Comments
1
Extremely thin. Extremely thin and weak, near death.
2
Extremely thin. Extremely thin but not weak.
3
Very thin.
All ribs visible. Spine prominent and very sharp. No fat cover felt with some muscle wasting.
4
Slightly thin. Most ribs visible. Spine sharp. Slight fat cover can be felt.
5
Moderate Spine felt but are smooth. Some fat cover felt.
6
Good Smooth look with ribs not very visible. Spine smooth and round. Significant fat cover felt.
7
Fat Ribs not visible, spine felt under firm pressure.
8
Obese Animal is very fat with spine difficult to feel. Ribs can not be felt. Animal has blocky, obese appearance.
9
Extremely obese Similar to an eight but more exaggerated. Animal has deep patchy fat over entire body.

Summary:
Thin 1 to 3
Moderate 4 to 6
Fat 7 to 9

Recommendations:

End of pregnancy 5 to 6
Start of breeding season 5 to 6
Animals should never have a body condition score of 1 to 3
Pregnant does should not have a body condition score of 7 or above toward the end of pregnancy because of the risk of pregnancy toxemia
A body condition score of 5 to 6 at kidding should not drop off too quickly

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Clear Creek Farms
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