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ABA Classification Program

bulletClassification Brochure (pdf file)

The Ayrshire Breeders' Association is pleased to offer the dairy industry's most cost-effective functional type classification program. Cattle are evaluated on a standard linear scale for each individual functional trait. The trait scores are then calculated to arrive at an overall classification score and breed age average summary. Valuable comparisons can be made through a variety of summarizing reports, including genetic evaluation of each individual cow with her herdmates as well as with the entire breed. In addition, comparison of sires, based on their daughters' evaluations, is a tremendous resource for measuring genetic transmitting abilities for functional traits.

Ayrshire classification services are conducted by the trained evaluators of Select Sires, Inc. of Plain City, Ohio. Breeders may arrange a classification date at any time by calling (614) 873-4683.

The program has two different options for arriving at final score: computer generated final score and a final score assigned cow-side by the evaluator. Classification fees for computer generated final scores are $7 per animal with a minimum herd fee of $70. Breeders who select the cow-side option pay an $11 per animal fee or a minimum herd fee of $110.

Classification fees for computer generated final scores are included in the annual REWARDS Program. Participants in the REWARDS Program may classify all animals in their herds twice each year with no additional charges for this method. They may pay the difference to take advantage of the cow-side final score option.

 

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1224 Alton Creek Rd, Suite B, Columbus, OH 43228
Phone: 614-335-0020 FAX: 614-335-0023 E-mail:
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