Mature cow feet and leg scores assess the structural soundness of the feet and legs in mature females, and are measured as visual scores.
Mature cow feet and leg score data does not need to be collected by an accredited scorer.
Recording mature cow feet and leg score data
Mature cow feet and leg scores are collected for 6 traits, related to feet and leg structure, based on the visual appearance of the animal using the Beef Class Structural Assessment system.
Each trait uses a 1-9 scoring system, where:
If there is variation from foot to foot, or leg to leg, the score that is recorded should reflect the worst foot or leg.
Use of accredited technicians
Contrary to the collection of feet and leg scores on young animals, mature cow feet and leg scores do not need to be collected by an accredited scorer, although an accredited scorer can be used if that is preferred.
Once sufficient scores have been collected, research will evaluate the usefulness of breeder collected scores for genetic evaluation versus those collected by accredited technicians.
When should mature cow feet and leg scores be collected?
Mature cow feet and leg scores, relating to feet and leg structure, can be taken at any time throughout the year. Only one score per year is required.