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Garth Pig Stockmanship Standards

Body Condition Scoring

Section: Stockmanship Standards

Body Condition Scoring

Body Condition Scoring
Score Number Condition Description Shape of body
5 Overfat Hips and backbone heavily covered Bulbous
4 Fat Hips and backbone cannot be felt Tending to bulge
3.5 Good condition Hips and backbone only felt with difficulty Tube shape
3 Normal Hips and backbone only felt with firm palm pressure Tube shaped
2.5 Somewhat thin Hips and backbone felt without palm pressure Tube shaped but flat (slab) sides
2 Thin Hips and backbone noticeable and easily felt Ribs and spine can be felt
1 Emaciated Hips and backbone visible Bone structure apparent (ribs and backbone)
Condition scores from left to right, 1: 2: 3: 4: 5

From: Managing Pig Health and the Treatment of Disease

Back fat meter may be more useful. However, note condition score and back fat correlation differs between different breeds

Buy Pig Stockmanship Standards Extracted from Garth Pig Stockmanship Standards*
written by Dr John Carr.

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*Published by 5M Enterprises Limited

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