Type Classification provides an independent assessment of cows in your herd reviewing the strengths and weaknesses to enhance longevity, health and welfare. It provides an overall classification score for your heifers and cows, which can substantially increase their value.
The NBDC Type Classification scheme currently evaluates over 130,000 dairy and beef animals every year. The NBDC classifiers operate an internationally recognised appraisal system which is used by the AI industry in the British Isles to provide reliable type proofs.
The role of classification is to identify those animals which will have a trouble-free and productive life. Classifiers score twenty-four individual ‘linear’ traits on a 1 to 9 scale and combine this information in five ‘composites’ and an overall classification score.
Breeders use classification information to help select and develop the best bloodlines in their own herds, as well as when sourcing animals from other herds. Animals that classify well command a premium at sale time.
Classification information is a key component in the calculation of UK bull proofs and in calibrating UK genomic evaluations for type traits.
Holsteins and British Friesians are classified using the same traits, with adjustments made to the scales used for certain linears.
Holstein UK classifiers take part in regular WHFF workshops to harmonize international classification.
The breakdown of Linear traits into each of the five composites as well as the weighting of these in the overall score is detailed below:
90-97 Excellent (EX)
85-89 Very Good (VG)
80-84 Good Plus (GP)
75-79 Good (G)
65-74 Fair (F)
50-64 Poor (P)