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.
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS FRIDAY 1 OCTOBER 2021
Fees: (all prices exclude GST)
Herd Fee $43.48
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
TOP PRICE CHANGE REMINDER
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.