Making More from Sheep Australian Wool Innovation Limited Meat & Livestock Australia
MODULE 11: Healthy and Contented Sheep
Tool 11.2
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Class of sheep Minimum condition score Target condition score
Dry ewe at joining 2.5 3
Pregnancy 2.5 3
Lactation 2 2.5 to 3
End of growing season 3 3.5+
Wethers (minimum feed supply) 2- (winter) 2+
Rams at mating 3 3.5 to 4
Weaners (wool) Better to weigh, but generally >2.5
Lambs (meat) Assess growth targets to meet market specifications


In normal seasons, the target condition score enables sheep to meet production targets. Draft off low condition score sheep and give them good quality feed or a supplement. Minimum condition score targets ensure welfare targets are met and are also the standard in drought conditions.