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
Mature cow udder scores do not need to be collected by an accredited scorer.
When should mature cow udder scores be collected?
Mature cow udder scores for udder characteristics should be taken within 24-48 hours of calving, in association with collection of calving ease and birth weight data for the cow’s progeny.