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Classification - Type Evaluation

No matter what your herd size or management goals, Holstein Association USA's classification program can help you make important management decisions and add value to your cattle.

Information received from classification can be used to make important mating decisions, identify the most profitable and valuable animals in your herd, and adds definite marketability to your Registered Holsteins®.

The Holstein Association's professional staff of classifiers evaluates 17 individual traits in five major dairy scorecard breakdowns. This information has several benefits for all dairy producers, regardless of their management goals, such as:

  Provides an unbiased and accurate evaluation of your cattle.
  Gives a clear understanding of each animal's strengths and weaknesses.
  Compares your herd's type pattern to breed averages.
  Defines type trait trends from one generation to the next.
  Adds trait appraisals to Official Holstein Pedigrees™.
  Provides a basis for follow-up matings. Linear scores can be entered into the Red Book Plus/MultiMateTM software for use in corrective mating.

Other Resources
Read Herd Classification Policy
Download Herd Inventory Form

 
Classification is the trusted, neutral way to evaluate your herd and add to your bottom line.
For more information on the Classification program, call Customer Service at 800.952.5200.
Classification Programs

Holstein breeders can have their cattle evaluated for type (conformation) through the Holstein Association's linear classification programs. Holstein breeders use linear classification as a tool to breed, develop and market higher producing, more durable cows. The Holstein Association offers five different classification programs, including two scheduling options, in order to provide dairy producers maximum flexibility in how many cows they will have evaluated and when the classification will occur.

Classic
If it's important to you to have all your cows evaluated, the Classic program is for you. All of your cows will be evaluated, including previously scored animals. By participating in this program you will receive an official herd BAA, and are also eligible for herd recognition awards.
Standard
When you want most, but not all, of your cows evaluated the Standard program will meet your needs. In this program dry cows and cows with permanent scores are optional. An official herd BAA will be calculated for your herd and you are eligible for herd recognition awards.
Limited
The Limited program could be particularly appealing if your interest lies in evaluating first calf heifers. This program only requires all previously unscored cows in milk. In addition, any cows less than 43 months of age and in milk who do not have a previous score which was usable for genetic evaluation will be required. All other cows are optional.
Introductory
If you haven't been classifying, take advantage of this special program to get started. The Introductory program is available if you have not classified within the past four years. First and second lactation cows in milk are the only cows required to be presented. All other cows are optional.
Breeder's Choice
For that special animal, or for that important sale or show, you'll need the Breeder's Choice program. You are allowed to select which cows are to be evaluated, and there are no required cows.

Participation Programs
Required Cows *1, *2 Optional Cows *1 Official BAA Calculated
Classic All cows that have ever freshened normally within 36 months None Yes
Standard All non-permanent cows in milk All other cows Yes
Limited All unscored cows in milk of less than 43 months of age. Scored cows in milk of less than 43 months of age whose previous scores were not usable for genetic evaluations. All other cows No
Introductory All 1st and 2nd lactation cows in milk
(Available only to breeders who have not classified within the past 4 years)
All other cows No
Breeder's Choice None All cows No
*1 Only those scores assigned to the required cows can be used for calculating genetic evaluations (cow and bull PTATs). Scores assigned to Optional cows cannot be used for this purpose. Required cows will be noted on your Classification Herd Inventory with an "R" following their ID number.
*2 In addition to the normal group of Required cows, all other cows in milk and less than 43 months of age that have not previously been assigned a score usable for genetic evaluations will be Required to be presented in all participation programs except the Breeder's Choice and Introductory Programs.

Classification Contracting
Herds classifying at least three times annually may benefit by contracting their classification. A 10% discount to the herd's annual classification costs is applied at the completion of the contract. Holstein COMPLETESM herds are eligible for this program, with the 10% discount applying to the two classification not included as a part of COMPLETE.

  • Enroll by November 10 for contract classifications in the next calendar year.
  • Applicant must specify (at the time of enrollment) which months classifications are desired.
  • See previous page for area and non-area classification pricing. At the completion of the contract,
    a 10% discount will be applied to the total cost of the classifications.
2014 and 2015 Classification Schedule

Scheduling Options

Area Scheduling
With this option, you will participate in your choice of the classification programs during regionalized, pre-scheduled periods. Classifiers are in each Area on either a seven or twelve month cycle. Please refer to the Classification Schedule if you are unsure which cycle your area is on.

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Classification Schedule 2015 in pdf format


Non-Area Scheduling

This option allows participation in your choice of the classification programs at times other than when your Area is scheduled. It gives you the flexibility to classify when it is most convenient for you.

Top - Classification Schedule

December 2014


Eastern New York
Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Westchester

North Central Pennsylvania
Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union


Southern Michigan
Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lenawee, Monroe, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne


Illinois
Adams, Alexander, Bond, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Dewitt, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lawrence, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Massac, McDonough, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, Sangamon, St. Clair, Saline, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Will, Williamson, Woodford

Central Wisconsin
Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago


Northern California
Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba

Nevada All

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January 2015


Connecticut All

Western Maryland
Allegany, Garrett

Massachusetts All

New Hampshire All

Southwest Pennsylvania
Armstrong, Bedford, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Fayette, Indiana, Jefferson, Somerset, Westmoreland

Rhode Island All

Vermont All

North Central West Virginia
Barbour, Doddridge, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Mineral, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshure, Wetzel

Area 2
Northern Ohio
Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Wayne, Williams, Wood, Wyandot

Louisiana All

Mississippi All

Tennessee All

Area 2
Eastern Iowa
Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Grundy, Henry, Howard, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Mahaska, Mitchell, Muscatine, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Van Buren, Wapello, Washington, Winneshiek, Worth

West Central Wisconsin
Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Wood

Area 2
Arkansas All

Missouri All

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February 2015


Maine All

New Jersey All

Eastern Pennsylvania
Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming

Western West Virginia
Boone, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mason, Mingo, Pleasants, Putnam, Raleigh, Ritchie, Roane, Wayne, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming

Area 2
Kentucky All

Southern Ohio
Adams, Athens, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Coshocton, Darke, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Madison, Meigs, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Muskigum, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Union, Vinton, Warren, Washington

Area 2
Southeastern Minnesota
Anoka, Dakota, Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Wabasha, Washington, Winona

South Dakota All

Northwest Wisconsin
Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Trempealeau

Area 2
Southern Idaho
Ada, Adams, Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Blaine, Boise, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Oneida, Owyhee, Payette, Power, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, Washington

Montana All

Eastern Oregon
Baker, Malheur, Union, Wallowa

Utah All

Wyoming All

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March 2015


South Central Pennsylvania
Adams, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York

North Carolina All

Area 2
Northern Indiana
Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Carroll, Cass, De Kalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Huntingdon, Jasper, Jay, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Newton, Nobles, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Wabash, Warren, Wells, White, Whitley

Area 2
Upper Michigan
Alger, Baraga, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft

Southwestern Minnesota
Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Freeborn, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Mcleod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Noble, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, Wright, Yellow Medicine

Northern Wisconsin
Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn

Area 2
Southern California
Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura

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April 2015


Central New York
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Yates

Area 2
Alabama All

Florida All

Georgia All

Southern Indiana
Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Delaware, Dubois, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Gibson, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Ohio, Orange, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Sullivan, Switzerland, Tipton, Union, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warrick, Washington, Wayne

South Carolina All

Area 2
Central/Western Iowa
Adair, Adams, Appanoose, Audubon, Boone, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Clarke, Clay, Crawford, Dallas, Decatur, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Jasper, Kossuth, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Monoa, Monroe, Montgomery, O'Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Sac, Shelby, Sioux, Story, Taylor, Union, Warren, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Woodbury, Wright

Eastern Wisconsin
Brown, Calumet, Door, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha

Area 2
Colorado All

Kansas All

Nebraska All

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May 2015


Western New York
Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genessee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Steuben, Wyoming

Western Pennsylvania
Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Venengo, Warren, Washington

Virginia All

Northern West Virginia
Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio

Southeast West Virginia
Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Webster

Area 2
Eastern Ohio
Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Lake, Mahoning, Monroe, Noble, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas

Area 2
Northwestern Illinois
Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago

Northern Minnesota
Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis, Sherburne, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin

North Dakota All

Southwestern Wisconsin
Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette

Area 2
Northern Idaho
Benewah, Bonner, Boundry, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone

Western Oregon
Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, Yamhill

Washington All

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June 2015


Delaware All

Maryland
Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Queen Annes, Somerset, St. Mary's, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, Worchester

Northeastern New York
Clinton, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, St. Lawrence

Eastern West Virginia
Berkley, Jefferson, Morgan

Area 2
Northern Michigan
Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Bay, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheyboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Crawford, Emmet, Genesee, Gladwin, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Huron, Ingham, Iosco, Isabella, Kalkaska, Lake, Lapeer, Leelanau, Livingston, Luce, Mackinac, Macomb, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Midland, Missaukee, Montcalm, Montmorency, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Saginaw, St. Clair, Sanilac, Shiawassee, Tuscola, Wexford

Area 2
Northeastern Illinois
Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry

South Central Wisconsin
Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock, Walworth

Area 2
Arizona All

New Mexico All
Oklahoma All
Texas All

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July 2015


Eastern New York
Albany, Bronx, Columbia, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Westchester

North Central Pennsylvania
Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Elk, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union

Area 2
Southern Michigan
Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clinton, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ionia, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lenawee, Monroe, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wayne

Area 2
Illinois
Adams, Alexander, Bond, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Dewitt, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greene, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lawrence, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Massac, McDonough, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Pope, Pulaski, Putnam, Randolph, Richland, Rock Island, Sangamon, St. Clair, Saline, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Tazewell, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Will, Williamson, Woodford

Central Wisconsin
Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago

Area 2
Northern California
Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, Yuba

Nevada All

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August 2015


Connecticut All

Western Maryland
Allegany, Garrett

Massachusetts All

New Hampshire All

Southwest Pennsylvania
Armstrong, Bedford, Cambria, Clarion, Clearfield, Fayette, Indiana, Jefferson, Somerset, Westmoreland

Rhode Island All

Vermont All

North Central West Virginia
Barbour, Doddridge, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Lewis, Marion, Mineral, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Upshure, Wetzel

Area 2
Northern Ohio
Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Holmes, Huron, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Morrow, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Wayne, Williams, Wood, Wyandot

Louisiana All

Mississippi All

Tennessee All

Area 2
Eastern Iowa
Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Grundy, Henry, Howard, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Mahaska, Mitchell, Muscatine, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Van Buren, Wapello, Washington, Winneshiek, Worth

West Central Wisconsin
Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Wood

Area 2
Arkansas All

Missouri All


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September 2015


Maine All

New Jersey All

Eastern Pennsylvania
Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming

Western West Virginia
Boone, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mason, Mingo, Pleasants, Putnam, Raleigh, Ritchie, Roane, Wayne, Wirt, Wood, Wyoming

Area 2
Kentucky All

Southern Ohio
Adams, Athens, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Coshocton, Darke, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Licking, Logan, Madison, Meigs, Miami, Montgomery, Morgan, Muskigum, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Preble, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Union, Vinton, Warren, Washington

Area 2
Southeastern Minnesota
Anoka, Dakota, Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Ramsey, Rice, Scott, Wabasha, Washington, Winona

South Dakota All

Northwest Wisconsin
Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Trempealeau

Area 2
Southern Idaho
Ada, Adams, Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Blaine, Boise, Bonneville, Butte, Camas, Canyon, Caribou, Cassia, Clark, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Fremont, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jefferson, Jerome, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka, Oneida, Owyhee, Payette, Power, Teton, Twin Falls, Valley, Washington

Montana All

Eastern Oregon
Baker, Malheur, Union, Wallowa

Utah All

Wyoming All

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October 2015


South Central Pennsylvania
Adams, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York

North Carolina All

Area 2
Northern Indiana
Adams, Allen, Benton, Blackford, Carroll, Cass, De Kalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Huntingdon, Jasper, Jay, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Newton, Nobles, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Wabash, Warren, Wells, White, Whitley

Area 2
Upper Michigan
Alger, Baraga, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft

Southwestern Minnesota
Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Freeborn, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Mcleod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Noble, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, Wright, Yellow Medicine

Northern Wisconsin
Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Washburn

Area 2
Southern California
Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura

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November 2015


Central New York
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Yates

Area 2
Alabama All

Florida All

Georgia All

Southern Indiana
Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crawford, Daviess, Dearborn, Decatur, Delaware, Dubois, Fayette, Floyd, Fountain, Franklin, Gibson, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Ohio, Orange, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Randolph, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Sullivan, Switzerland, Tipton, Union, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warrick, Washington, Wayne

South Carolina All

Area 2
Central/Western Iowa
Adair, Adams, Appanoose, Audubon, Boone, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Clarke, Clay, Crawford, Dallas, Decatur, Dickinson, Emmet, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Humboldt, Ida, Jasper, Kossuth, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Monoa, Monroe, Montgomery, O'Brien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Sac, Shelby, Sioux, Story, Taylor, Union, Warren, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Woodbury, Wright

Eastern Wisconsin
Brown, Calumet, Door, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington, Waukesha

Area 2
Colorado All

Kansas All

Nebraska All


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December 2015


Western New York
Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genessee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Steuben, Wyoming

Western Pennsylvania
Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Venengo, Warren, Washington

Virginia All

Northern West Virginia
Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio

Southeast West Virginia
Braxton, Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Summers, Webster

Area 2
Eastern Ohio
Ashtabula, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson, Lake, Mahoning, Monroe, Noble, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas

Area 2
Northwestern Illinois
Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, Winnebago

Northern Minnesota
Aitkin, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Kittson, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, St. Louis, Sherburne, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin

North Dakota All

Southwestern Wisconsin
Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette

Area 2
Northern Idaho
Benewah, Bonner, Boundry, Clearwater, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone

Western Oregon
Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, Yamhill

Washington All

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Classification Participation Program Fees


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    * Non-Area applicants are responsible for classifier travel expense and travel time ($60/hour)

Classification Contracting

Herds classifying at least three times annually may benefit by contracting their classification. A 10% discount to the herd's annual classification costs is applied at the completion of the contract. Holstein COMPLETESM herds are eligible for this program, with the 10% discount applying to the two classification not included as a part of COMPLETE.

  • Enroll by November 10 for contract classifications in the next calendar year.
  • Applicant must specify (at the time of enrollment) which months classifications are desired.
  • See above for area and non-area classification pricing. At the completion of the contract,
    a 10% discount will be applied to the total cost of the classifications.

Special Service Fees

Special Service Fee
  If no scheduling request is made or a scheduling request made at the time of application is met, and a subsequent request for an additional schedule change is made. $100
  Applicant requesting and receiving a time of day change, but not a date change and the change requires rescheduling other herds. $75
  Herds necessitating a move to another classifier's schedule in order to accommodate their request for a scheduling change. $150



Breed Age Average Percentages (BAA%) for Holstein Cows


To calculate your BAA%:
1. Calculate an age and stage of lactation adjusted score.
 
a. Determine how old (months) the cow was and what lactation she was in when she was classified. Look up age adjustment factor on the table below.
 
b. Determine how many months in milk and what lactation she was in when she was classified. Look up stage adjustment factor in the table below.
 
Note: No adjustment factors are used if the cow is permanently scored (i.e., over 60 months of age).
2. Breed Age Adjusted score is calculated by comparing the cow's adjusted score to breed average and multiplying by 100. The average adjusted score for the Holstein breed is 80.2 points.



  AGE
Lactation 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1  
Months of Age 1-25 26-27 28-29 30-31 32-33 34-35 36-38 39-41 42-59  
Adjustment Factor 1.1 0.8 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.0 -0.1 -0.4 -0.9  
  AGE
Lactation 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 >3 3 3
Months of Age 1-38 39-41 42-44 45-47 48-50 51-54 55-59 1-52 53-56 57-59
Adjustment Factor .06 .03 0.0 -0.2 -0.4 -0.6 -1.0 0.5 0.2 0.0


  STAGE OF LACTATION
Lactation 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2
Months in Milk 0-1 2-3 4-5 6-7 8-10 >10 Dry Springing 0-1 2-3 4-6
Adjustment Factor 2.7 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.2 2.0 2.2 1.6 0.8 0.9 1.1
  STAGE OF LACTATION
Lactation 2 2 2 2 >3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Months in Milk 7-10 >10 Dry Spinging 0-1 2-3 4-6 7-10 >10 98 99
Adjustment Factor 1.0 0.9 1.0 0.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.0 -0.1 0.0 -0.6



The lowest ten percent of the individual cow BAAs are excluded from the official herd BAA. In cases where ten percent of the entire herd inventory does not equal a whole number, the number of cows to be excluded will be rounded down to the closest whole number. Example; if the entire herd inventory includes 56 cows with BAAs, the five cows with the lowest individual BAAs will be excluded from the official herd BAA.

Cows cancelled the day of classification will be considered part of the entire herd inventory. They will be excluded from the official herd BAA only if their individual BAAs rank in the lowest ten percent of the herd. Cows with a previous score(s) that are marked "NIC" or "60 Day Rule" will be considered part of the entire herd inventory. They will be assigned the BAA reflective of their score and age at their most recent classification. Cows with no previous score that are marked "NIC" will not be considered part of the entire herd inventory.

Questions? Call 800.952.5200



  ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
 Lact#:   Number of calvings or current lactation number.
 C:   Stage Code: D-Dry; S-Springing
 Date Calv:   Date of last calving
  ORDERS
 M:   HolsteinMate
  1-9 Number of mating groups.
 P:   Pedigrees:
  3-3 Generation Pedigree
      4-4 Generation Pedigree
      5-5 Generation Pedigree



  Linear Descriptive Traits Guide with photos
pdf   Linear Descriptive Traits
pdf   Linear Descriptive Traits - Spanish
   
   
   


 FORM
  Stature (ST)
  Strength (SR)
 50
 
 50
 
 45
-Extremely Tall
 45
-Extremely Strong and Wide
 40
 
 40
 
 35
-Tall
 35
-Strong
 30
 
 30
 
 25
-Intermediate
 25
-Intermediate
 20
 
 20
 
 15
-Short
 15
-Narrow
 10
 
 10
 
 5
-Extremely Short
 5
-Extremely Narrow
 1
 
 1
 

  Body Depth (BD)   Dairy Form (DF)
 50    50  
 45  -Extremely Deep  45  -Extremely Open
 40    40  
 35  -Deep Body  35  -Open
 30    30  
 25  -Intermediate  25  -Intermediate
 20    20  
 15  -Shallow  15  -Tight
 10    10  
 5  -Extremely Shallow  5  -Extremely Tight
 1    1  

RUMP
  Rump Angle (RA)   Rump Width (RW)
 50    50  
 45  -Extremely Sloped  45  -Extremely Wide
 40    40  
 35 -Moderate Slope  35  -Wide
 30    30  
 25 -Slight Slope  25  -Intermediate
 20    20  
 15 -Level Rump  15  -Slightly Narrow
 10    10  
 5  -High Pins  5 -Extremely Narrow
 1    1  

 FEET and LEGS
  Rear Legs, Rear View (RL)   Rear Legs, Side View (LS)   Foot Angle (FA)
 50    50    50  
 45  -Tracks Extremely Straight  45  -Extremely Sickled  45  -Extremely Steep
 40    40    40  
 35  -Nearly Straight  35  -Slightly Sickled  35  -Steep
 30    30    30  
 25 -Slight Hock-In  25  -Intermediate  25  -Intermediate
 20    20    20  
 15  -Definite Hock-In  15  -Slightly Posty  15  -Slightly Low
 10    10    10  
 5  -Extreme Hock-In  5  -Extremely Posty  5  -Extremely Low
 1    1    1  

 UDDER
  Fore Udder Attachment (FU)   Rear Udder Height (UH)
 50    50  
 45  -Extremely Strong  45  -Extremely High
 40    40  
 35  -Strong  35  -High
 30    30  
 25  -Intermediate  25  -Intermediate
 20    20  
 15   -Loose  15  -Low
 10    10  
 5  -Extremely Loose  5  -Extremely Low
 1    1  

  Rear Udder Width (UW)   Udder Cleft (UC)   Udder Depth (UD)
 50    50    50  
 45  -Extremely Wide  45  -Extremely Strong  45  -Extremely Shallow
 40    40    40  
 35  -Wide  35  -Strong  35  -Well Above Hock
 30    30    30  
 25  -Intermediate  25  -Intermediate  25  -Intermediate
 20    20    20  
 15  -Narrow  15  -Weak  15  -Udder Floor at Hock
 10    10    10  
 5  -Extremely Narrow  5  -Extremely Weak  5  -Extremely Deep
 1    1    1  

 TEATS
  Front Teat Placement (TP)   Teat Length (TL)
 50    50  
 45   -Extremely Close  45  -Extremely Long
 40    40  
 35  -Close  35  -Long
 30    30  
 25 -Centrally Placed  25  -Intermediate
 20    20  
 15  -Wide  15  -Short
 10    10  
 5  -Extremely Wide  5  -Extremely Short
 1    1  

 RESEARCH TRAITS
  Udder Tilt (UT)   Rear Teat Placement (RT)   Locomotion
 50    50    50  
 45  -Extreme Forward Tilt  45  -Extreme Forward Tilt  45  - No Abduction
 40    40    40  
 35  -Slight Forward Tilt  35  -Slight Forward Tilt  35  - Low Abduction
 30    30    30  
 25  -Nearly Level  25  -Nearly Level  25  - Moderate Abduction
 20    20    20  
 15 -Rearward Tilt  15 -Rearward Tilt  15  - High Abduction
 10    10    10  
 5 -Extreme Rearward Tilt  5 -Extreme Rearward Tilt  5  - Extremely High Abduction
 1    1    1  

 PREV CLASS DATE/SCORES:  Date of last Classification, Major Breakdown Scores and Final Score from last Classification
 PERM:  P designates that the final score from the last Classification was a Permanent Score.
(New Scores)      FEMALES  MALES
FC:   Front End/Capacity  15%  40%
DS:   Dairy Strength  20%   25%
RP:  Rump  5%  10%
FL:   Feet and legs  20%  25%
UD:   Udder  40%  
FS:   Final Score    
PRED BAA:    Expected BAA for this Classification.

 MAJOR BREAKDOWN AND FINAL SCORE BRACKETS
 Major Breakdown  Final Score
 Excellent  (E)  90-100 Points  Excellent  90-97 Points
 Very Good  (V)  85-89  Very Good  85-89
 Good Plus  (+)  80-84  Good Plus  80-84
 Good  (G)  75-79  Good  75-79
 Fair  (F)  65-74  Fair  65-74
 Poor  (P)  1-64  Poor  50-64


 





Sire Evaluation for TypeSM (SETSM) Classification
Sire Evaluation for Type is a classification done at the request of an AI organization. The AI will request the Holstein Association to classify a portion of a producer's herd. The program is developed to improve the breed as a whole and also to help you breed better cows.

The AI organization will send you a Herd Inventory, requesting the SET classification and indicating which animals the classifier will evaluate.

You will need to provide the classifier with information so that the data can be verified, and if additional cows need to be added to the inventory.

For more information about the SET Classification, call the Holstein Association at 800.952.5200.

“Selective” Classification Program
This program is only available to a herd that has a SET (Area or Individual) scheduled.
You may choose any number of cows to classify up to 10. However, the number of animals the classifier is able to score will depend on their schedule.
You should notify the classifier upon arrival that you wish to utilize this option.
If the SET is canceled for any reason and you still wish to have additional animals scored you will be charged a $50 herd fee in addition to the cow fees for scoring the selected animals.
Scores assigned to animals in this program will not be used in the calculation of genetic evaluations (cow and bull PTATs).
All other classification policies apply.

Fees
1. $25 per animal.
2. $50 herd fee if the SET classification is canceled.

This classification program is different from all others as you sign-up at the time the classifier arrives at your farm. If you would like more information about this program or your SET, please call 800.952.5200.



 

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