Type Classification Services

Canadian Jerseys are classified as part of the Multi-Breed Classification Program, administered by Holstein Canada. All breeds use the same traits and trait definitions, but each breed sets its own weightings. Herds will automatically be contacted for classification if they meet one of the following criteria: 

  • If the herd has classified in the past 36 months;
  • If the client is on a classification program;
  • If the client owns at least 2 animals that were born in the last 18 months. 

If you would like to begin classifying, email or call 1-855-756-8300 (ext. 244) to join. Learn more about the program
Click here to download the current Jersey classification scorecard.

Click here for the All Breeds Classification Schedule

Why Should You Classify?

Classifying is an inexpensive way to have your animals evaluated against breed standards for type characteristics by an outside party. 

The results benefit you in the following ways:

  • Use of trait ratings in breeding decisions
  • Proving Young Sires - Genetic Improvement
  • Incentives for Young Sire Programs
  • Increase in animal value
  • Comparison to herd mates for culling decision making

Cost for classification service is a flat herd fee of $75, plus $11 per animal. Mid-round classification service is available for an additional $100 per visit. Each round is completed in approximately seven (7) months, with mid-round classifications available in your area approximately halfway through the round. Please provide 30 days notice for mid round subscriptions so that the classifier can carefully plan his herds.

Signing Up for the Mid-Round Service: You can call the Classification department at (519)756-8300 or fill out the request electronically on the Holstein Canada website.  

The Classification Report

The classification report is generated by the classifier immediately after the animals are classified during a herd visit. This form will show the type profile of the cow, and relate her linear scores back to the ideal scores set by Jersey Canada. The breeder will also receive a herd report, giving the breeder an overall look at the type profile of the herd on a trait-by-trait basis. 


The following is our most recent report listing registered Jersey cows that have been scored Excellent: please see the latest Jersey Breeder magazine.

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