Body Condition Scoring Example

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Visual aspect of the goat: The backbone cannot be seen. Ribs are not seen. The side of the animal is sleek in appearance.

It is impossible to grasp the spinous processes of the lumbar vertebrae, which are wrapped in a thick layer of muscle and fat. The spinous processes form a continuous line. There is a rounded transition from spinous to transverse processes.

The outline of the transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae is no longer discernible. The transverse processes are a smooth, rounded edge, with no individual processes discernible.

Sternal fat is difficult to grasp because of its width and depth. It cannot be moved from side to side.

Visual aspect of the goat: The backbone is buried in fat. Ribs are not visible. The rib cage is covered with excessive fat.

The thickness of the muscle and fat is so great that reference marks on the spinous processes are lost. The spinous processes form a depression along the backbone and there is a bulging transition from spinous to transverse processes.

The thickness of the muscle and fat is so great that reference marks on the transverse processes are also lost. It is impossible to grasp the transverse processes.

The sternal fat now extends and covers the sternum, joining fat covering cartilage and ribs. It cannot be grasped.

Visual aspect of the goat: Slightly raw-boned: the backbone is still visible with a continuous ridge. Some ribs can be seen and there is a small amount of fat cover. Ribs are still felt. Intercostal spaces are smoth but can still be penetrated.

The spinous processes of the lumbar vertebrae are evident and can still be grasped between the thumb and forefinger; however, a muscle mass can be felt between the skin and the spinous process. There is an obvious depression in the transition from spinous to transverse processes.

The hand can grasp the transverse processes but the outlines of the transverse processes are difficult to see. About one-third to one-half of the length of the transverse processes is discernible.

Sternal fat is wider and thicker but can still be grasped and lifted by the thumb and forefinger. The fat layer can still be moved slightly from side to side. Joints are less evident.

Visual aspect of the goat: Emaciated and weak animal: the backbone is highly visible and forms a continuous ridge. The flank is hollow. Ribs are clearly visible. There is no fat cover and fingers easily penetrate into intercostal spaces (between ribs).

The spinous processes of the lumbar vertebrae can be grasped easily between the thumb and forefinger; the spinous processes are rough, prominent, and distinct giving a saw-tooth appearance. Very little muscle and no fat can be felt between the skin and the spinous process. There is a deep depression in the transition from spinous to transverse processes.

The hand can easily grasp the transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae which are very prominent. Clearly half of the length of the transverse processes is discernible.

Sternal fat can be easily grasped between thumb and fingers and moved from side to side. The cartilage and joints joining ribs and sternum are easily felt.

Visual aspect of the goat: The backbone is not prominent. Ribs are barely discernible; an even layer of fat covers them. Intercostal spaces are felt using pressure.

The spinous processes of the lumbar vertebrae cannot be easily grasped because the tissue layer covering the vertebrae is thick. When running a finger over the spinous processes, a slight hollow is felt. There is a smooth slope in the transition from spinous to transverse processes.

The outline of the transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae is slightly discernible. Less than one-quarter of the length of the transverse processes is discernible.

Sternal fat is wide and thick. It can still be grasped but has very little movement. Joints joining cartilage and ribs are barely felt.