BCS Calibration Events

Calibration event dates

To maintain your Certified Body Condition Score Assessor status you need to attend a calibration event annually after passing the BCS assessment. A calibration event is for those currently certified and those whose certification has lapsed within the last 2 years. If your certification lapsed more than 2 years ago you will need to sit an assessment.

These calibration workshops are run by our Calibration Assessors and take place regionally throughout the year.

Recently upgraded your phone and can't download the BCS apps?

After an extensive investigation into our BCS tracker and BCS calibration apps, we are not able to update the app to function on newer IOS or Android. We know this is very disappointing and inconvenient, but we are unable to progress. We have made the decision to migrate the app onto a newer platform which would enable downloads on newer IOS or Android, however this could take up to 6 months to complete. In the meantime we can offer the manual version to assist with scoring.

A calibration event is attendance based (opposed to pass/fail), it will take approximately 2.5 hours and will consist of:

  • a hands-on component and
  • a paddock scoring component
  • discussion around the process of body conditions scoring
  • participants will submit their average herd scores for the paddock scoring component to the Calibration Assessor and if there is evidence of drift participants will need to repeat the paddock scoring component
  • a report comparing participant scores to model scores will be sent within 2 weeks of the calibration event.

The spring BCS events are here. See below for event dates and registration details. There is a fee to attend these events, which your assessor will advise you of on registration.

Region Location Date To register email
Northland Whangarei Event held autumn only Luke Goodin:
Waikato Hamilton 25 October 2023
26 October 2023
Hanneke Officer:
Bay of Plenty Edgecumbe 12 October 2023 Bryce Tod:
Taranaki Hawera 26 September 2023
27 September 2023
Jemma Johnston:
Lower North Island Manawatu 21 September 2023
Start time: 11am
Tim Scotland:
Canterbury Culverden 9 October 2023 Izzy Cassan:
Central Canterbury 3 October 2023
Mid Canterbury (Hinds) 5 October 2023
Top of the South Island Tapawera 29 September 2023 Charissa Thomas:
Southland/South Otago Balclutha 7 December 2023 Hamish Moore:
SDH 8 December 2023

The programme has been developed as part of the Transforming the Dairy Value Chain Primary Growth Partnership programme, led by commercial partners, including DairyNZ and Fonterra, and partnered by MPI.

Last updated: Sep 2023

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