Sheep Reference

What is “Body Condition Scoring” in sheep?

The use of both body weight and condition scores can help producers make important feed management decisions. Condition scoring is a system of describing or classifying breeding animals by differences in relative body fatness.

Generally in the US, body condition scores ranging from 0 to 5 are used, with 0 being almost dead and 5, a big fat ewe. The scoring can be accessed visually but especially ewes with wool can be deceiving to even the most experienced sheep person. View the full PDF