The Type Classification programme records economically important conformation traits that influence a cow's ability to withstand modern production and management practices.
The service offers its users two key advantages:
The system is appropriate to every type of farming system and currently evaluates over 100,000 animals every year.
NBDC classifiers operate an internationally recognised appraisal system which is used by the AI industry in the British Isles to provide reliable type proofs.
Classification fees (pdf)
Linear assessment involves the measurement of 24 individual traits on a scale of 1-9, describing the degree of the trait rather than its desirability. The traits are as follows:
|Mammary (40%)||Feet & Legs (30%)||Dairy Capacity (10%)||Rump (10%)||Dairy Character (10%)||Management|
|Udder Depth||Foot Angle||Stature||Rump Angle||Angularity||Temperament|
|Udder Texture||Rear Leg Side View||Body Depth||Rump Width||Milking Speed|
|Central Ligament||Rear Leg Rear View||Chest Width||Loin Strength||Condition Score|
|Fore Udder Attachment||Bone quality||Height at Front End||Thurl Position|
|Front Teat Placement||Locomotion|
|Rear Udder Height|
|Rear Udder Width|
Classification involves the appraisal of an animals in comparison to the ideal. An overall score and grade are awarded, according to the following scale:
|Final Linear Score||Final Grade|
|85-89||Very Good (VG)|
|80-84||Good Plus (GP)|
A similar score and grade are awarded to each of the five areas of the cow – mammary, feet & legs, dairy capacity, rump and dairy character. Then the final score is calculated from the individual score of these five assessments.
FINAL SCORE AND PARITY
The maximum Final Score attributed to an animal depend on its number of calving:
|1st Calver||89 points|
|2nd Calver||89 points|
|3rd Calver||93 points|
|4rd Calver +||97 points|
The NBDC Classification Team assess 18 breeds of cattle across the UK and Channel Islands. The below table shows all the breeds currently participating in the Type Classification Scheme. If you are interested in classifying you herd please use the contact numbers at the bottom of the page.
|Dairy Breeds||Beef Breeds|
|Dairy Shorthorn||Irish Moiled|
|Jersey Island||Welsh Black|
There are several forms of the service, one to suit each breed – Ayrshire, British Friesian, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey and Shorthorn. In each case, the service offers the potential to substantially increase the value of your herd and for some, opens up services such as:
If you would like to book a classification, please contact: