Mature cow udder scores assess the structural soundness of the udder on mature females, and are measured as visual scores.
Mature cow udder score data does not need to be collected by an accredited scorer.
Recording mature cow udder scores
Mature cow udder scores are collected for 3 traits, related to udder conformation based on the visual appearance of the animal.
Each trait uses a 1-9 scoring system, where:
If there is variation from teat to teat, the score that is recorded should reflect the worst teat.
Use of accredited technicians
Both breeder collected scores and scores collected by accredited technicians are analysed in TACE.
It is suggested that independent accredited assessors are used for the collection of scores on sale animals, or in situations where the breeder is not confident with scoring their animals.
If being collected by a non accredited scorer than the assessor code 9999 is to be used for submission. For accredited scorers , the relevant accredited assessor number should be used.
A “Paddock Guide to Structural Scoring for Genetic Evaluation” is available from Angus Australia to assist any breeders wishing to collect structural scores for their animals.
When should mature cow scores be collected?
Udder scores can be taken throughout the year, however they must be withing 24 – 48 hours from calving.
Angus Australia acknowledges the funds provided by the Australian Government through the Meat & Livestock Australia Donor Company (MDC).
This resource was created as a result of a collaboration between Angus Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia Donor Company (MDC) (Project P.PSH.1063).