AHIR Scoring Lunch and Learn Sessions Announced

Are you interested in learning how to collect better scores on your cow herd? Are you enrolled in inventory-based reporting? Do you participate in the Angus Herd Improvement Records program? Grab your seat for the upcoming AHIR Lunch and Learn sessions and learn effective methods for foot, udder and body condition scoring. Esther McCabe, director of performance programs, will cover best practices for each submission, scoring systems and how to apply the measurements to your herd.

McCabe is a third-generation Angus producer originally from Elk City, Kansas. McCabe holds a doctorate in Animal Science from Kansas State University, with a research emphasis in beef cattle data analytics. As Director of Performance Programs, Esther works to assist breeders and Angus members in data submissions, herd management and recordkeeping and evaluating expected progeny differences (EPDs). She has a passion for genetic selection and breed improvement, and enjoys the opportunity to support the membership.

Join us on August 17, 24 and 31 to learn more about collecting foot, udder and body condition scores. Register below!

  • August 17 | 12:00 p.m. CST | Foot Scoring |
    Attend this session to sharpen your foot scoring skills. Esther will review the foot scoring guidelines, foot scoring system and walk through scenarios of applying scores to live animals.
  • August 24 | 12:00 p.m. CST | Udder Scoring |
    Attend this session to learn about the newly-released udder scoring system for teat size and udder suspension. Esther will cover how the scores were created, how to use the chart and how to relate the sketches to live udders.
  • August 31 | 12:00 p.m. CST | Body Condition Scoring |
    Attend this session to gain a better understanding behind the basis of the body condition scoring guidelines. Learn how to evaluate specific areas and assign a corresponding Body Condition Score to your cow herd.

These sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. central throughout the month of August. Sessions will last between 20-30 minutes and allow for 10-15 minutes of questions from the audience.

The sessions will be archived and available on the Angus University website for reference after the session is complete. If you can’t attend and would like to, email Jera Pipkin, education coordinator, at and include the session you are interested in to be sent the recording.