Animal Nutrition

Know body condition scoring basics for your flock of sheep and goats

Knowing the amount of condition or fat cover for sheep and goats is a good practice to implement in any nutrition program. Condition is commonly measured using a body condition score (BCS). Body condition adjusts throughout the year for various reasons, including the animal’s age, breeding cycle and weather impacts. Nutrition decisions impact which direction the BCS of your flock or herd goes.

“It’s important to body condition score both sheep and goats because it’s a direct indication of their overall health and reproduction,” says Maggie Amburgey, small ruminant technical specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition. “Scoring body condition during key times like breeding helps evaluate nutritional needs of your flock or herd and gives you a guideline of where things stand.”

Follow these steps to monitor and maintain body condition in your sheep and goats: