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TOP (Traits Other Than Production)

TOP Inspectors evaluate every LIC SPS daughter in the first five months of their initial lactation.

Each TOP trait is scored separately on a scale from one to nine. These are the traits considered most important in dairy cattle.

There are four farmer scored traits and 13 conformation traits.

An explanation of each trait is listed below with the 2000 Base Cow average raw TOP scores.

The raw data is then sent through to the New Zealand Animal Evaluation unit where within herd, region and national comparisons are analysed and processed. This information is then fed into the national data base as breeding values for sires.

 
FARMER SCORED MANAGEMENT TRAITS

Sire Proving farmers score two-year-old heifers on the four farmer traits.

Describes how soon the heifer settled into the milking routine after calving.
 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
slowly quickly 6.04

Describes the temperament of the heifer in the farm dairy while being handled and milked.

 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
nervous placid 6.20

Describes the milking speed of the heifer.
 

Low score High Score Base Cow Average
slow fast 6.22

Describes the farmer’s overall acceptance of the heifer as a herd member.

 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
undesirable desirable 6.44

 

INSPECTOR SCORED CONFORMATION TRAITS

Describes the height at the shoulders of the heifer in fi ve centimetre bands.

 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
small tall 5.63

Describes depth and width of chest and body in relation to the physical size of the heifer.
 

Low Score High Score Base Cow average
frail capacious 6.23

Describes the angle of a line between the centre of the hips and the top of the pins.
 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
high pins sloping 4.87

Describes the width of pins, hips and thurls relative to the size of the heifer
 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
narrow wide 6.12

Describes the straightness or curvature of the back legs while the heifer is walking.

 

Low Score High Score Base Cow average
straight curved 6.19

Describes the strength of the suspensory ligament, and the udder depth relative to the hocks.
 

Low Score High Score Base Cow average
weak strong 5.87

Describes the attachment of the front udder to the body wall.

 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
loose strong 5.66

Describes the height and width of the rear udder attachment.
 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
low high 5.60

Describes the placement of the front teats relative to the centre of the quarters.
 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
wide close 4.43

Describes the placement of the rear teats relative to the centre of the quarters. wide close 5.70
 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
loose strong 5.66

Assesses the desirability of all traits pertaining to the udder.
 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
undesirable desirable 5.64

Assesses the desirability of all traits pertaining to dairy conformation, but excluding udder traits.
 

Low Score High Score Base Cow Average
undesirable desirable 6.35

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