Top (Traits Other Than Production) & Classification

A system of classification of registered females based upon type and individuality, TOP Classification recognises that progress towards the improvement of the Ayrshire breed should be obtained through animals superior in conformation as well as production.

Classification is undertaken by the Association in late spring each year. Animals are scored by trained inspectors on a scale of 1 – 9 for 11 different conformation traits along with scores for ‘udder overall’ and ‘dairy conformation’. These scores are then converted into an ‘award’.

Members are encouraged to submit all 2 year old cows (both pedigree and grade), along with any older animals they wish to have re-classified. In particular, the two year old data plays a large role in calculating sire proofs and the information is invaluable in that respect.


Fees: (all prices exclude GST)

Herd Fee $43.48
(Senior members are no longer required to pay a herd fee for TOP & Classification when using this service)

Late Herd Fee (received after 1 October 2021) $65.22

Autumn Herd Fee $66.96

Herd Fee where applications are more than a month after close off $130.44


Two year olds $2.61 per heifer

Older Cows $4.35 per cow

Effective from the 2020 season, the per cow price for TOP inspections will increase to $3.00 incl GST for two year old heifers and $5.00 incl GST for all older cows.  The Board regrets having to make this decision, but it is a direct reflection of increased costs to complete inspections.

Members are reminded that From 1 April 2020, all SENIOR and ORDINARY membership subscriptions increased by $50 + GST to cover the TOP Herd Fee for every herd.  This is to encourage members to classify their herds.  All other membership types (including the Paid Lifetime membership) will remain at the same subscription level, and a TOP Herd Fee will be payable if the member elects to use this service.  Members will still be required to apply for the TOP inspection service by the due date as advertised, or late fees will still apply.

  • All TOP animal fees will still apply
  • The minimum TOP charge per herd will be removed
  • Semayr Sire Proving Team heifers will still be classified free of charge as per the existing conditions
  • Members who hold a Paid Life membership will still be required to pay the TOP Herd Fees as prescribed

TOP & Classification Application

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