Each truckload of heifer calves that arrives at the Heifer Authority in
As heifers are unloaded and moved into a quarantine pen, they are scored on the following criteria:
Body condition score of 2.5 to 2.75. Anything less and the heifers don’t have enough body reserves to fight off a disease challenge should one occur.
Ringworm, an indication of the animals’ health and nutrition status.
Lameness and hernias, which can indicate prior care.
Injuries, which can indicate how well the animals were transported.
Each group receives a percentage score for each item. If more heifers than normal fall outside of expectations, the owner is notified.