Table 1

Proposed locomotion scoring system designed for use in beef cattle (adapted from Sprecher et al7 and AHDB4 scoring systems)

Locomotion score
0NormalEven weight-bearing and rhythm on all four feet. The back is level
1ImperfectUneven steps or shortened strides, but affected limb not identifiable. The back may show minimal arching while walking
2ImpairedUneven weight-bearing or shortened strides. Affected limb is identifiable (unless multiple limbs affected). The back may show arching while walking
3Severely impairedSlower pace—unable to keep up with the healthy herd. Affected limb easily identifiable (unless multiple limbs affected). An arched back may be noted while standing and walking.