Building Functional Conformation
The Canadian classification system has many linear traits and defective characteristics that are combined to calculate points in four scorecard sections; Mammary System, Feet & Legs, Dairy Strength and Rump. An overall conformation score is calculated based on the importance of each of the scorecard sections.
Several traits are objectively measured from defined reference points on the cow. The classification app adjusts the measurements according to the age at calving, days in milk and the hours of milk in the udder. This allows the computer to convert the adjusted measurement to a linear code from 1 to 9 that is an accurate representation of all traits independent of the age, stage or udder fullness at the time of appraisal.