When we brought the goats home, I assembled the basics needed for goat keeping (see Goat Starter List), including a goat weight tape. The instructions said to measure around the girth to determine goat weight, and then adjust diet as necessary.
This didn’t work in practice at all; weight tapes are for full size goats – not Nigerian Dwarfs. So I don’t know their weight, and even if I did – what good would it do me? Tinker’s heavier, but she’s taller and older too. Turns out, there’s a system used for establishing whether they’re too fat or too thin called “Body Condition Scoring (BCS)”.
For goats, body condition simply refers to the fleshiness of the goat. [...]
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