Benefits of Classifying

The IHFA breeding goal is to breed Profitable cows that are long living and durable that suit the dairy farmers system.  To help achieve this aim IHFA provide a Type Classification service to its members and all dairy farmers through Linear Scoring of daughters of AI bulls and cows.This helps with breeding decisions as it identifies bulls with the biological Diversity to suit all systems.   IHFA’s team of trained, professional classifiers evaluate 17 individual traits across 4 major body structures; udder, rump, feet & leg and dairy strength.

CLASSIFICATION provides an independent unbiased analysis of an animal’s conformation.
CLASSIFICATION enhances breeding and marketing decisions.
CLASSIFICATION increases Cow values
CLASSIFICATION improves herd quality.

Cows are classified for conformation on inspection with the scores designed to describe the structure of the cow. Points as a percentage of the final score are allotted as follows: 40% Mammary, 25% Legs and Feet, 15% Body, 10% Rump, 10% Dairyness.  EX = Excellent 90 – 97 points, EX(3E) = the number in brackets denotes the no. of times the cow scored EX.  VG = Very Good 85 – 89 points.  GP = Good Plus 80 – 84 points.  G = Good 75 – 79 points.  F = Fair 65 – 74 points.  P = Poor 50 – 64 points.  EX90(2E) 4 YR = EX90 Means the animal was classified EX90 points EX90 (2E) Meaning the animal was classified EX90 a second timeEX90 (2E) 4YR Meaning the animal was classified EX90 a second time and was 4 years old at the time of this classification.

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