The American Guernsey Association and Holstein Association USA are partnering to appraise Guernsey cattle throughout the U.S. The new Multi-Breed Classification program will be conducted by HAUSA-trained appraisers and coordinated with HAUSA and AGA staff jointly to provide a widespread opportunity for more Guernsey breeders to classify cows on a regular schedule.
AGA CEO/Executive Secretary Doug Granitz said the AGA has explored this program since after its national convention meeting in July.
“This partnership leverages the capabilities of both our organizations in support of our members,” he said. “It will go a long way in supporting the progress of our Guernsey breed. The process has shown clearly to us that Holstein is committed to a multi-breed program which will value and ensure the integrity of the uniqueness of the Guernsey breed. This partnership will provide us access to a wide range of state-of-the-art services as well as great, reliable feedback to our members so that they can make informed breeding and management decisions. Their current program aligns nicely with our own breakdowns and offers in depth trait breakdowns and research traits that will provide more information for our breed and breeders.”
Training sessions will be scheduled this winter for HAUSA classifiers, under the direction of members of the Guernsey type committee. HAUSA classifiers will begin scoring in select Guernsey herds in February, with the full schedule instituted in March. Additional training will be held at the HAUSA classifier conference this spring.
“We are pleased to have the opportunity to classify Guernsey cows for the American Guernsey Association. This joint effort will be a benefit for both American Guernsey Association and Holstein Association USA members,” said John Meyer, HAUSA CEO.
A full multi-breed classification schedule, as well as a linear traits brochure, is available at http://www.usguernsey.com.