An Overview of Frame, Muscle, and Body Condition Scores on Replacement Cows
Each grade is divided into tenths, with a tenth equal to 20 lbs. Thus, a Medium 0 will weigh 900 lbs., a Medium 50 will weigh 1,000 lbs. and a Medium 100 will weigh 1,100 lbs. and so forth. Somewhat different is the Large 100 which indicates those females will weigh more than 1,300 lbs. when mature.
Show-Me Select heifers are graded by certified MDA/USDA graders and must meet the minimum requirements of a Medium 0 which is 900 lbs. mature weight with 0.2" of backfat at the 12th rib.
Show-Me Select heifers must meet a minimum muscle score of a 2-0 applied by certified MDA/USDA graders based off of the USDA Feeder Cattle Standards.
|1||Severely emaciated. Little evidence of fat deposits or muscling.|
|2||Emaciated. Little evidence of fat but some muscle in hindquarters.|
|3||Very thin. No fat on ribs or brisket. Backbone easily visible.|
|4||Thin, with ribs easily visible but shoulders and hindquarters still showing fair muscling. Backbone visible.|
|5||Moderate to thin. Last two or three ribs can not be seen unless animal has been shrunk. Little evidence of fat in brisket, over ribs, or around tailhead.|
|6||Good, smooth appearance; Some fat deposits in brisket and over tailhead. Ribs covered and back appears rounded.|
|7||Very good flesh, brisket full. Ribs very smooth.|
|8||Obese, back very square, heavy fat pockets around tailhead. Square appearance.|
|9||Rarely observed. Very obese. Mobility may be impaired by excessive fat.|
Show-Me Select heifers bred to calve in the spring must weigh a minimum of 800 lbs. and receive a minimum BCS of 5 if selling in the Fall/Winter sales.