As from the 1st October 2016, CDI have implemented some changes to the classification charges. The new structure is as follows:-
- Inspections up to 100
- 1-10 Inspections - £65.00
- 11-15 Inspections - £100.00
- 16-100 Inspections - £6.50 per inspection
- Inspections over 100
- 101-150 inspections - £3.00 per inspection
- 151+ inspections - £2.00 per inspection
- Bull Classification - £15.45
- Classification special Visits - £210.00
The importance of good conformation has never been greater. Not only from a farmers point of view, but also the milk buyers and the public awareness.
It is the cow of better type that produces high quantities of quality milk with ease and comfort over a long and trouble free lifetime.
The Ayrshire Society's Type Classification Scheme helps farmers achieve cows of good conformation.
Individual type traits are assessed by the classifier and a score is given for Body, Dairy, Mobility and Mammary System before a final score is awarded.
The key benefits of superior graded animals is that they attract higher values than their counterparts.
Specific strengths and weaknesses are highlighted allowing improved corrective breeding decisions to be made.
Most importantly from the classification scores and linear evaluations, the figures are calculated to provide the bull proofs, type merit (for sires) and type index for cows.
The individual type traits are usually expressed in bar chart form.
Classification is the tool that allows breeding decisions to be made within herds and identifies the sires of the next generation, but it depends totally on member participation to achieve these results.