Sheep (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB5162)

Health: Condition Scoring


  1. Sheep farmers and shepherds should be aware that the use of condition scoring can contribute significantly to good husbandry. Condition scoring is an easy technique to learn and allows the body reserves of individual sheep to be assessed quickly. The information gained enables high standards of husbandry to be achieved and can prevent a welfare problem from developing. This technique enables the identification of animals requiring special care. For example, a condition score in a significant number of the flock of less than 2 for lowland sheep, and of 1.5 for those on the hill, can indicate inadequate management and the need for positive steps to rectify the situation.
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