JERSEY TYPE CLASSIFICATION GUIDE
During the Classification Workshop held last autumn one of
the points discussed was the Linear Scoring method used by
the Classifiers and how well that was understood by breeders.
Linear Scoring involves allocating a score which reflects
a physical measurement of the various parts of a cow. What
can be confusing is that while scores range from 1 to 9 the
most desirable score can be towards a 9 or somewhere in the
middle depending upon the characteristic being scored. While
many of the traits fall into the 7-9 as being desirable a preferred
score for rump angle would be 4 or 5 and legs side view also
would be 1
somewhere in the middle.
There may also be certain traits such as stature which individual
breeders will have differing views on as to what is optimal.
I hope you will find useful and that it will give you more
insight into what the Classifier is looking at when visiting
Download the Jersey Type Classification Guide here
JERSEY CATTLE SOCIETY CLASSIFICATION WORKSHOP
A JCS Classification Workshop was held on 26th October
2017 by kind permission of the Dickinson Family, Thurlstone
Jerseys. There was good discussion throughout the afternoon
regarding the development of Jersey cow type with areas of
concern being highlighted by both members and classifiers.
Main concerns were breed character, chest width, stature, udder
depth and locomotion. There was also discussion around the
issues of EX second calvers and minimum stature for VG 2yr
Fern Pearston from AHDB and Kate Cross of NBDC both gave presentations
on trends within the breed for both confirmation and production.
Interestingly some of the issues which breeders have mentioned
are contradicted by the statistics. Chest width did decline
in the period prior to 2007 but since then the decline has
been marginal. Stature has in fact fallen since 2014 however
this may be a reflection of heifers calving, and being classified,
younger which could also contribute to the slight fall in chest
Following the workshop on 26th October 2017,
the JCS Board made the following changes to the type classification
scheme with immediate effect.
VG 2YR OLDS
The minimum height requirement for a 2-Year-Old to be scored
VG will be reduced from 5 to 3.
This allows the classifiers to use their discretion when scoring
younger heifers in particular.
In line with all other UK dairy breeds the maximum score for
a second calver will be VG89.
A score of 88 or more in every box will be required in order
to achieve a final score of 89.
One classifier permitted to allocate this score.
The JCS Board are grateful for the excellent work done by
the classification team on our behalf. We would encourage members
to discuss their concerns and their positive attributes of
the Jersey cow during classification visits. The feedback received
is vital to developing the breed and ensuring its continued
success in the future.
The Society’s Breed Development Plan: Following
the Classification Workshop, the journey of updating the Society’s
Breed Development Plan continues, where the Board will define
the ‘Model Jersey Cow’ and shape the direction
of the breed, to ensure the longevity and commercial viability
of the Jersey Cow.
If you would like to understand more about Type Classification,
please contact the National Office on 01926 484035 OR if
you would like to arrange a Type Classification Visit to
your farm please contact
T: 01923 695208