Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is a tool for determining if an animal is too thin, too fat, or in ideal condition. The BCS scoring scale ranges from 1 (emaciated) to 5 (fat). Importantly, the target BCS of cows will vary depending on stage of lactation, but the BCS scoring scale remains the same. However, if a herd has a significant number of thin animals, the producer should evaluate possible causes and take corrective actions.

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