Fat or Thin?

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by cdtrum, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    Excuse my ignorance......but how do you judge the condition on a goat? I'm trying to decide if one of my boys is to thin!
     
  2. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

    937
    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    I feel the spine between the ribs and hindquarters. If I can feel the "shark teeth" then usually not too fat, but if they are very defined they need more feed(does that ever happen :wink: )
    Its kind of a guesstimate, but it has worked so far.
     

  3. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    no ignorance at all...asking is learning.... :wink: :hug: ...
    here is a site that might help.. :greengrin:

    Examples of Body Condition Scores
    click on these on the site and you will see pics and scoring..
    BCS 1
    BCS 2
    BCS 3
    BCS 4
    BCS 5


    http://www.extension.org/pages/Goat_Bod ... tion_Score
     
  4. Jenna

    Jenna New Member

    667
    Jan 7, 2009
    Thats what I do :wink: But I also feel the tail head, there should be no fat there.
     
  5. capriola-nd

    capriola-nd New Member

    Jul 6, 2008
    Northwest Oregon
    I do that same as others but I was told, with dairy goats, that you should be able to feel the ribs but not see them through the hair coat.
     
  6. cdtrum

    cdtrum New Member

    Aug 25, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    Thanks Pam for the website info :thumb: ......it helped a lot, pics for me to look at. So I believe I have one boy that is 2.5 and one that is a 3.......I should probably be more worried about the 3 getting tooooo fat :greengrin: !