Body condition scoring is a critical part of health management – whether it is a herd of alpacas, goats, sheep, or cats. Body condition scoring is a subjective measure of the amount of muscle and fat that an animal is carrying – which in turn is an indication of their nutritional plane. It is a relatively easy technique to master and the only things it requires are a pen, paper and a little bit of time.
It is a hands-on exercise; it cannot be done visually in most species. The animal is examined and given a score (1-5, 1-9, 1-10, etc.), with one (1) being emaciated and the high score being morbidly obese. This should be done monthly and then compared to the previous months’ scores to determine if the animal is maintaining, loosing or gaining weight. If you would like more information, or training, on Body Condition Scoring, please contact the office.