Why is it measured?
In general cattle, given the choice, will choose to lie in clean, dry areas. Dirtiness on the coat can irritate the skin, provide optimal conditions for ectoparasites, increase cold stress, indicate dirty lying areas, increase the risk of disease and cause issues at, or prior to, slaughter.
How to assess and score using the AssureWel measure
| 2. Cleanliness Individual measure
| Sample: 20 animals selected at random (3 or more assessed jointly with stockperson) plus all breeding bulls
Visually assess one randomly selected side of the animal and behind, only including the hind
quarters to coronary band and udder (or equivalent area on male animals:)
0 = Clean
No dirt or only minor splashing present
|2 = Very dirty
An area of dirtiness (i.e. layer or plaques of dirt) amounting to at least forearm length (40 cm) in any dimension.
- Body Condition Score (adult cattle only)
- Hairloss, lesions and swellings
- Animals with respiratory signs
- Cattle needing further care
- Disbudding, dehorning and castration