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Body Condition Scoring For Goats

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Every goat producer is trying for the “Goldilocks Goat,” the animal that is not too thin and not too fat, but just right. Here’s a video and a great fact sheet with pictures that will help you make that happen.

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This is a large file (11.2 mb) thanks to all the pictures. So if you have a slow connection be patient. The pictures are well worth the wait!

Body Condition Scoring is a means of putting a number to the fleshiness of an animal. The number isn’t so important in and of itself. It just allows you to match the health of your animals to what their performance might be. Does that are too skinny (BCS 1-2) do not breed back as easily, have difficulty kidding, produce weak kids with high mortality rates and produce less milk. Those that are too fat (BCS 5) may produce lots of milk and healthy kids, but they’re more likely to have difficult births, and you’ll have spent a lot of money on feed to get to that point. Tracking Body Condition Score is also a great way to know when your meat goats are reaching the specs that your customers like most.

Langston University’s E. (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research put together the video below as well as a fact sheet with great pictures that you can use to score your herd. It’s something you can print off and take to the barn with you as you lay hands on your animals to make sure that you’re doing the best together that you can. That way you can go for that “Goldilocks Goat:” Not too fat, not too thin, but JUST right!

And for our tablet readers, here’s the link.

Editors Note: A really great way to learn more about goats and the goat business is to attend the Goat Field Days that the Institute holds each year. This year’s field day is scheduled for April 25 at the Langston University Goat Farm in Langston, OK. This year they’ve invited experts to talk about “Taking Control of Marketing.” Kathy spoke at a Field Day some years back and was really impressed by the facility, the Langston faculty, and the quality of work being done there. If you can manage to get there, it’s well worth the effort! Learn more here.

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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