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Basics of Body Condition Scoring (BCS)

Updated October 20, 2020
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Olivia Amundson

SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist

Body condition score (BCS) evaluates the energy balance and reserves of cattle. It is based off of a 9 point scale with 1 being emaciated and 9 being obese.