Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Body condition scoring goats

Langston University (Oklahoma) has created several resources to teach goat producers how to body condition score their goats. 

The resources include a new video and fact sheet and a quick reference card. The resources are available at http://www2.luresext.edu/goats/research/bcshowto.html. The fact sheet is a large PDF file (11 meg).

Body condition scoring (BCS) is a simple, fast method of assessing the overall condition, or the thinness or fatness, of goats.

It provides an indication of available fat reserves that can be used by the animal in periods of high energy demand, stress, or suboptimal nutrition and allows producers to make better management decisions. Goats should be maintained with a moderate amount of body condition.

Download fact sheet
View YouTube video

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