Monday 15 May 2023
Hereford breeders are now able to make use of a type classification service, provided by the National Bovine Data Centre (NBDC), an arm of Holstein UK.
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.
Type classification provides an independent assessment of cows in your herd reviewing the strengths and weaknesses to enhance longevity, health and welfare.
The linear classification is an objective assessment of how the animal compares to breed average for each of the 14 traits. The composite classification is a more subjective assessment with higher scores given to more desirable attributes. The composite scores are given a weighting before being added together to give a final score. It provides an overall classification score for your heifers and cows, which can substantially increase their value.
When buying a bull at sale it is usually not possible to see its dam, so seeing how she has been classified is a good indication of how good she is and what maternal traits will be passed to his offspring.
Classification involves the appraisal of an animals in comparison to the ideal. An overall score and grade are awarded, according to the following scale:
The maximum final score attributed to an animal depend on its number of calving:
Hereford Cattle Society members can book a visit by contacting Jackie Clark on 01923 695208 or for further info can contac Meurig James on 07860 438510. Alternatively, contact the Hereford Cattle Society. Members will be invoiced by the society.
An official classification score for each animal inspected, endorsed by the classifier on all relevant registration certificates.
Full assessment report on each animal together with a choice of three individual mating recommendations are provided. NBDC classifiers operate an internationally recognised appraisal system which is used by the AI industry in the British Isles to provide reliable type proofs.
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