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Dutch Belted Classification Program

This program provides an official type classification program for breeders of Dutch Belted cattle.  The program is in cooperation with the Brown Swiss Association (BSA) with services provided by their field staff.  (The BSA currently coordinates classification services for the Milking Shorthorn and Guernsey breed associations.)  The program features are outlined below:

* The program's purpose, at this time, is for the advertising/marketing value that a classification score provides and for the breeder's own use as a tool for breeding and selection.  Currently, it is cost prohibitive for the type data to be used in sire summaries.

* Classifiers score 16 body traits on a 1-9 scale using hand-held Palm Pilots.  Some traits are considered "two-way traits", which means either an extreme high (8-9) or low score (1-2) is considered a fault, with 5 being ideal.  Examples are rump angle, stature, and rear legs side view.  Other traits like strength and body depth are simple linear traits-the higher the number the better. 

* After traits are scored, categories are weighted according to relative importance:
Strength & Substance   15%
Dairy Quality  15%
Rump  10%
Mobility 20%
Mammary 40%

*Data is printed at the farm and provided to the breeder immediately.  Final scores are assigned as follows:
90 & above "Excellent"
85-89 "Very Good"
80-84 "Good Plus"
75-79 "Good"
70-74 "Fair"
69 & below "Poor"

* Herds are scored in major dairy states on a 9-18 month rotating schedule to avoid seeing cows at the same stage of lactation.  Some states with low dairy populations (Southeast US, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana) are scored every 12 months. 


2017 Classification Schedule

Month
States
Application Date
January
South East, TX, OK, MO  November 15, 2016
February
WI
December 15, 2016
March
CA, OR, WA, ID January 15, 2017
April
IN, MI, OH February 15, 2017
May
NY, New England March 15, 2017
June
MN, ND, SD, IA, NE, KS, IL April 15, 2017
July
PA, NJ, MD, DE, VA
May 15, 2017
August
South East, TX, OK, MO
June 15, 2017
September WI July 15, 2017
October
CA, OR, WA, ID August 15, 2017
November
IN, MI, OH September 15, 2017
December
NY, New England
October 15, 2017

* Cost to classify is $12 per cow with a $100 herd minimum.

Breeders interested in classifying should contact Secretary Kristine Haag for more information, noting the deadlines above.