How to Measure Body Condition Score in Florida Beef Cattle
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Hersom, Matthew J., and Todd A. Thrift. 2018. “How to Measure Body Condition Score in Florida Beef Cattle: AN347, 8/2018”. EDIS 2018 (4). Gainesville, FL.


Body condition score (BCS) is both a good indicator of the past nutritional status of a cow and a way to determine future nutritional needs. The BCS technique is easy to learn and can help with management decisions. This new 5-page fact sheet discusses reasons to measure BCS, ways to evaluate BCS, and important assessment times. Written by Matt Hersom and Todd Thrift, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences, August 2018.
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Hersom, M., T. Thrift, and J. Yelich. 2015. Implications of Cow Body Condition Score on Productivity. AN319. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Eighth Revised Edition. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.

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