Body Condition Scoring Beef Cows

Published 2014
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The body condition scoring system allows producers to visually assess their cow herd using a number system that objectively describes the amount of condition or fat reserve of an animal. Because cow/calf producers do not weigh cows on a regular basis, they need a management technique that will evaluate their cow herd relative to productivity and profit potential. Cow body condition score is closely related to reproductive efficiency and is a more reliable indicator of the nutritional status of a cow than body weight.

Publication Details


Richard J. Rasby

Aaron Stalker

Richard N. Funston


Animal Agriculture


Publication Date January 03, 2000
Last Revision Date June 12, 2014
Language English

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Series Extension Circular