Livestock and Forages

Body Condition Scoring in Beef Cattle, Is It Important?

Publication Date

Winter 12-31-2019

Publication Number

LGP 1033


One very quick and easy production measure that can be assessed and analyzed to evaluate the impact of some short-term decisions is body condition score (BCS). A poor BCS or changes in BCS can indicate several things: (1) nutritive quality of grazed forages and supplemental feedstuffs: (2) potential health concerns with regard to infection, parasite load, lameness, or subacute/chronic problems that do not present obvious symptoms; and (3) other environmentally-induced stressors such as heat or fescue toxicosis. Keeping good records and monitoring BCS over time will identify problems with individual animals or overall herd-management concerns.

Publication Type


Target Audiences

beef cattle owners and managers