Pigs (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Pigs (PB7950)

Section 1 - Health

Condition Scoring


Body condition scoring can contribute greatly to good husbandry and help to avoid costly welfare problems. Condition scoring is an easy technique to learn. Basically, it means that you can quickly assess the body reserves (i.e. fat) of individual animals. The technique will be of benefit if you use it as a routine management tool to check that sows are in the target body condition for the various stages of the breeding cycle. This will be particularly useful at:

(a) mid-pregnancy;

(b) farrowing/early lactation; and

(c) at weaning/drying off.

You should adjust feeding as necessary for animals that have become too fat or too thin. You will find more information in the Defra booklet Condition scoring of pigs (see the Appendix).

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