Identifying Live Animal Condition Scores for the Australian Livestock Export Industry

Project Code:  B.LIV.0120

Year of Published: 2006

A review was conducted to identify the systems used around the world to assess the condition score of livestock and determine the most appropriate systems for the Australian livestock export industry that recognises animals that are too lean or too fat to travel.

A review was conducted to identify the systems used around the world to assess the condition score of livestock and determine the most appropriate systems for the Australian livestock export industry that recognises animals that are too lean or too fat to travel. The report details the most appropriate, simple, well-described 5-score systems for deer, alpacas, goats, sheep, camels and buffaloes and highlights the need to develop appropriate cut-off points for cattle to describe minimum condition, particularly in tropical breeds.

Keywords: Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Dairy, Domestic, Registered premises, Transport, Feedlot, Farm, Inspections

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