Classification

Each dairy breed has established breed standards for type.  Classification is the means of measuring how close an animal comes to the ideal.  Like all things, classification has evolved over the years as breed goals and the environment in which the cow lives change.  Classification is performed by a small group of well-trained individuals who meet on a regular basis to ensure the quality and uniformity of the program. Classification information has two primary purposes, breeding and marketing.

 

As a breeding tool, the breeder can look at the linear scores to see where his cow needs improvement and select matings accordingly. The linear scores from each daughter go into the UDSA sire summary information and describe the type traits of a bull’s offspring.

As a marketing tool, the breakdowns and final score appear on pedigrees and in advertising.  The final score is used the most to promote the animal and her offspring with the mammary breakdown score the second most used classification score in advertising.

Scorecard

The current American Lineback Scorecard was updated in 2016.  It is made up of 16 linear traits with five major breakdowns and puts emphasis on the traits that contribute to the productive life of the animal. The 16 linear traits are scored on a 1 – 9 scale with the higher numbers being more desirable for most traits.  For some traits such as ‘rear legs side view’ the middle of the scale is more ideal,  not too straight nor too much set.   Many of the linear trait measurements are based on an actual measurement with age and stage of lactation not being considered.

 

The five major breakdowns have a numerical score range from 50 to 99 points and are weighted as follows to determine the final score. Final numerical scores can range from 60 points to 95 points and are categorized as follows.
Strength and Substance = 15%
Dairy Quality = 15%
Rump = 10%
Mobility = 20%
Mammary System = 40%
90 – 95 Excellent
85 – 89 Very Good
80 – 84 Good Plus
75 – 79 Good
65 – 74 Fair
60 – 64 Poor

 

The combination of the linear scores, five major breakdowns and the final score will describe the cow showing her strengths and weaknesses, which creates a mental picture without actually seeing the animal.  It provides a uniform measuring tool that all breeders can understand and use.

ALCR Classification Rules

Linear Trait Descriptions

PDCA Official Score Card

Signing up for Tours

Regular classification tours take place every seven months in each different area of the country.

Classification Applications are due 60 days prior to the start of classification in that area.  If a breeder would like his herd scored at a time other than during the regular tour, they can request a Special Classification (additional cost).

For Classification Please Contact:

Leonard Johnson

ljohnson@brownswissusa.com

http://www.brownswissusa.com/

800 Pleasant Street
Beloit, WI  53511
Phone: 608-365-4474
Fax: 608-365-5577

2019 Classification Schedule   

January
IN, MI, OH, WV
Classification Apps Due
November 1, 2018

February
NY, CT, MA, RI, ME, NH, VT
Classification Apps Due
December 1, 2018

March
IL, IA, MN, ND, SD, NE, KS
Classification Apps Due
January 1, 2019

April
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA
Classification Apps Due
February 1, 2019

May
KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, MO, OK, TX
Classification Apps Due
March 1, 2019

June
WI
Classification Apps Due
April 1, 2019

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

August
IN, MI, OH, WV
Classification Apps Due
June 1, 2019

September
NY, CT, MA, RI, ME, NH, VT
Classification Apps Due
July 1, 2019

October
IL, IA, MN, ND, SD, NE, KS
Classification Apps Due
August 1, 2019

November
PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA
Classification Apps Due
September 1, 2019

December
KY, TN, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, MO, OK, TX
Classification Apps Due
October 1, 2019

 

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