A Locomotion Scoring System Based On Back Posture

By Steve Mason on

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The locomotion scoring system described below is based on the observation of cows standing and walking (gait), with special emphasis on their back posture. This system is intuitive and, therefore, easy to learn and implement. Animal observations should be made on a flat surface that provides good footing for cows. Cows scoring 2 or 3 should be examined and trimmed to prevent more serious problems. Trimming should be done by a competent trimmer with the goal of returning the claws to functional weight bearing and conformation.

source: Zinpro Corporation, adapted from: Sprecher, D. J. et al., Theriogenology 47:1178 (1997) and contribution from Nigel Cook, University of Wisconsin

Videos describing the use of this system and illustrating examples of each score are available on the Zinpro website.

ZP1s

Locomotion Score 1: Back Posture Standing: Flat

ZP1w

Locomotion Score 1: Back Posture Walking: Flat

Locomotion Score 2: Back Posture Standing: Flat

Locomotion Score 2: Back Posture Standing: Flat

Locomotion Score 2: Back Posture Walking: Arched

Locomotion Score 2: Back Posture Walking: Arched

Locomotion Score 3: Back Posture Standing: Arched

Locomotion Score 3: Back Posture Standing: Arched

Dairy Cow Locomotion Score 3: Back Posture Walking: Arched

Dairy Cow Locomotion Score 3: Back Posture Walking: Arched

Locomotion Score 4: Back Posture Standing: Arched

Locomotion Score 4: Back Posture Standing: Arched

Locomotion Score 4: Back Posture Walking: Arched

Locomotion Score 4: Back Posture Walking: Arched

Locomotion Score 5: Back Posture Standing: Arched

Locomotion Score 5: Back Posture Standing: Arched

Locomotion Score 5: Back Posture Walking: Arched

Locomotion Score 5: Back Posture Walking: Arched

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