Welfare scoring nutritionally deprived beef cattle, dairy cattle and their crosses, sheep and horses


This manual has been produced for the welfare assessment of cattle, sheep and horses.

The Welfare Scores represent a common language that can be used to describe cattle and sheep welfare assessment.

Cattle and sheep welfare assessments are undertaken by inspectors (RSPCA NSW, AWL NSW and NSW Police) and also by NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services officers under Section 8 and Part 2B of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA). The language in this booklet should be used in any notes recorded as part of that process.

Note: this publication was reviewed without change in January 2019.


Published: Nov 2013