Body Condition Score Assessor Certification Programme
The Body Condition Score Assessor Certification Programme is designed to help standardise condition scoring across New Zealand.
Accurate body condition score (BCS) assessment is essential when it is being used to support decision making or as a criteria in animal welfare assessments.
Farmers can use a Certified BCS Assessor to score their herd with the confidence that their chosen assessor is consistently scoring to the NZ BCS system.
Body condition scoring is also a skill that farmers are encouraged to acquire and use throughout the year, in conjunction with assessments by a Certified BCS Assessor at key times. For information about how you can body condition score your cows see the How to BCS page and our Body Condition Scoring Made Easy booklet.
For more information on the BCS Certification visit bcs.dairynz.co.nz
Why Body Condition Score?
Condition scoring information contributes to key decisions, such as:
- Determining future feed requirement (and feedback on historical strategy)
- Determining which cows to dry-off and when
- Explaining reproductive performance (condition at mating or BCS lost post-calving)
Condition scoring information is also a factor in:
- Assessment of the performance of contract grazier or contract milker
- Assessment of fitness for transport
- Requirements during the sale and purchase of animals.
To read more about using BCS information and managing BCS, refer to BCS strategies.
Why use a Certified BCS Assessor?
Assessing BCS is a subjective process. Certified Assessors are trained and calibrated against the NZ BCS system described in the Body Condition Scoring Made Easy official field guide. The BCS Assessor Certification Programme then supports Certified Assessors to maintain calibration, through regular on-line practice and annual re-assessment, leading to greater accuracy in scoring.
How do I know my adviser is certified?
See the directory of Certified BCS Assessors.
The Body Condition Score Assessor Certification Programme is committed to Certified Assessors maintaining a high standard of professional conduct and operates a complaints process. For more information or to lodge a complaint, please click here.