ARC•LNR

 

National Department of Agriculture
ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condition scoring of cattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to do it:

 

 

Feel the amount of fat under the skin in 2 areas:

§         A. Loin area between hip bone and last rib

§         B. Area around the tail head

 

Use condition scoring to determine if:

§         Your cattle are in a satisfactory condition for breeding and production

§         Your animals are sick and losing condition

 

 

 

 

 

A

B

 

 

Always feel the areas as well as looking at the condition

 


 

Condition is scored from 1 to 5

 

 

 

1 =too thin

2 = thin, but healthy

3 = ideal condition

 

4 = fat

5 = much too fat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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§         Condition score 3 is the ideal condition

§         Condition score should not drop below 2

§         Animals that are too fat can have problems with breeding and calving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information contact
Animal Health for Developing Farmers Programme
Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute
Private Bag X05
ONDERSTEPOORT 0110

Information by Jenny Turton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1999

Compiled by Directorate Communication, National Department of Agriculture
in cooperation with
ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute

Printed and published by National Department of Agriculture
and obtainable from
Resource Centre, Directorate Communication, Private Bag X144, Pretoria 0001, South Africa