BODY CONDITION SCORING SYSTEM
||Back & Ribs
||Marked ewe neck.
Narrow and slack at base.
||Skin tight over ribs. Very prominent and
||Angular, skin tight. Very sunken rump. Deep cavity under tail.
||Ewe neck, narrow and
||Ribs easily visible.
Prominent backbone with sunken skin on either side.
||Prominent pelvis and croup. Sunken rump but skin supple.
Deep cavity under tail.
||Narrow but firm.
||Ribs just visible.
Backbone covered but spines can be felt.
||Rump flat either side of back bone. Croup well defined, some fat.
Slight cavity under tail.
||No crest (except for Stallions)
||Ribs just covered and easily felt. No gutter along the back. Backbone well covered but spines can be felt.
||Covered by fat and rounded.
Pelvis easily felt.
Wide and firm.
||Ribs well covered – need pressure to feel.
||Gutter to root of tail. Pelvis covered by fat.
Need firm pressure to feel.
||Marked crest very wide and firm.
Fold of fat.
||Ribs buried, cannot be felt. Deep gutter along back.
Back broad and flat
||Deep gutter to root of tail.
Pelvis buried, cannot be felt.
(Based on the Carroll and Huntington 1988 method)