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Classification

 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. 

* 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 to the right.

 January
WI
Classification Apps Due
November 1, 2019

February
CA, NV, AZ, NM, WA, OR, MT, WY, ID, UT, CO  
Classification Apps Due
December 1, 2019

March
IN, MI, OH, WV
Classification Apps Due
January 1, 2020

April
NY, CT, MA, RI, ME, NH, VT
Classification Apps Due
February 1, 2020

May
IL, IA, MN, ND, SD, NE, KS
Classification Apps Due
March 1, 2020

June
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA
Classification Apps Due
April 1, 2020

July
KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, MO, OK, TX
Classification Apps Due
May 1, 2020

August
WI
Classification Apps Due
June 1, 2020

September
CA, NV, AZ, NM, WA, OR, MT, WY, ID, UT, CO  
Classification Apps Due
July 1, 2020

October
IN, MI, OH, WV
Classification Apps Due
August 1, 2020

November
NY, CT, MA, RI, ME, NH, VT
Classification Apps Due
September 1, 2020

December
IL, IA, MN, ND, SD, NE, KS
Classification Apps Due
October 1, 2020