Classification update - Irish Moiled Cattle Society

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Breed Classification Workshop/update

The Irish Moiled Cattle Society launched a Type Classification Scheme (TCS) in 2013, to try and accelerate breed progress within herds and in turn improve the overall population of Irish Moiled cattle.  The TCS is a voluntary scheme open to all members to have, at a fee, their cattle inspected by an independent professional classifier who will assign each animal assessed with a score out of 100. The final score, together with the ranking, either Poor, Fair, Good, Very Good or Excellent, will be automatically appended to the end of the animal’s name and made visible on the pedigree certificate.

The 4 main categories assessed by the classifiers are Body Conformation, Breed Character, Udder and Legs and Feet. The overall final score depends on the composited scores assigned to each category. If an animal is weak in 1 or more category, the overall final score will be lower accordingly. The score given to each category is calculated from the functional and linear traits associated with that category. The scores of each linear trait are typed into a hand-held computer and a software programme then calculates the final overall score, assigning the correct weighting of points to each category.

After 3 years of launching the TCS, the IMCS are pleased to announce around 250 Irish Moiled cattle have been Type Classified by their members, around 50% of all classified cattle scoring either VG or EX.

Over the past 4 years there has been lots of liaising between the IMCS and Holstein UK, including a series of workshops, to implement the Scheme and for some tweaking of the system along the way to perfect the cattle assessment. The latest workshop was held on Fri 19th Jan 2017 at the farm of Society Chairperson, Robert Boyle of Millisle with the Board of Directors and head classifier of Holstein UK, Meurig James in attendance. A worthwhile discussion was had and thanks to Meurig James and Robert Boyle for hosting the workshop.

The computer software programme has now been set for the Irish Moiled’s so that 30% of the total points are assigned to the legs and feet, 25% to the Body conformation, a further 25% to Breed Character and the final 20% of the total points to the udder.

As the IMCS strive to progress the breed and now that the TCS is into its 4th year, with less than 50% of the total population of Irish Moiled cattle classified, the IMCS would like to encourage more members to have their cattle classified. The Society feels that progress within the breed can be made through the TCS. No matter what the herd size is the TCS provides an unbiased and accurate evaluation of the cattle which can help the owner make important management decisions within the herd.

Free Classification visit for 2017

The IMCS are offering for 1 year, starting on the 1st March 2017 to all fully paid up members 1 free visit from Holstein UK, to include up to 10 free female classifications and 1 free bull classification. Please contact the Breed Secretary, Gillian Steele immediately to book your classification slot as in case of oversubscription to this service, classification slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis with a limited number of slots reserved in each of the 3 constituencies by the IMCS.

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