How do you body condition score a dairy cow?

Animal Welfare January 30, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

Body condition scoring provides an objective indication of the amount of fat cover on a dairy animal.  This evaluation is accomplished by assigning a score or number relative to the amount of fat observed on several skeletal parts of the cow.


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.