TOP (TRAITS OTHER THAN PRODUCTION) & CLASSIFICATION
A system of classification of registered females based upon type and individuality, TOP Classification recognises that progress towards the improvement of the Milking Shorthorn breed should be obtained through animals superior in conformation as well as production.
Classification is undertaken by the Ayrshire New Zealand on our behalf in late spring each year. Animals are scored by trained inspectors on a scale of 1-9 for 11 different conformation traits along with scores for ‘udder overall’ and ‘dairy conformation’. These scores are then coverted into an ‘award’.
Members are encouraged to submit all 2 year old cows (both pedigree and grade), along with any older animals they wish to have re-classified. In particular, the two year old data plays a large role in calculating sire proofs and the information is invaluable in that respect.