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 autumn 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 21 February 2024 Luke Goodin:
Waikato Hamilton 12 March 2024
13 March 2024
Hanneke Officer:
Bay of Plenty Reporoa 5 March 2024 Bryce Tod:
Taranaki Hawera 26 March 2024
27 March 2024
Jemma Johnston:
Lower North Island Manawatu 4 March 2024 Tim Scotland:
Canterbury Mid-Canterbury (Hinds) 19 March 2024 Izzy Cassan:
Central Canterbury 21 March 2024 Izzy Cassan:
West Coast West Coast 25 March 2024 Izzy Cassan:
Southland/South Otago Balclutha 28 March 2024 Hamish Moore:
SDH Wallacetown 19 April 2024

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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