When applying for their herd to be classified, members undertake to comply with the conditions of classification approved by the Board of Holstein Friesian New Zealand as set out herein and to be fully paid up financial members of Holstein Friesian New Zealand.
- CLASSIFICATION STANDING ORDER
A classification standing order for member spring classification is available. This is for members who classify every year. Complete the Classification Standing Order form and your herd will automatically be submitted for classification every year. Once a member is signed up for standing order, they will be contacted by the office annually to confirm their numbers for the current season, along with their herd test dates. No more classification application forms to be completed.
- ANIMALS TO BE SUBMITTED
- All two year old heifers by sire, whether pedigree or grade, must be put up for classification. Any animal not shown as a ‘PF’ or ‘SF’ (i.e a grade animal) on the inspector’s screen will be given a final classification award and an ‘ER’ at the owner’s agreement. These animals will then be registered automatically by the office and a registration fee charged, as well as the classification charge. Please note: All two year olds includes all autumn and spring calving two year olds not previously classified. A member who does not comply with this condition of classification will receive a warning the first time and the second time all two year olds classified in the season will have their classification removed.
- No cows will be considered for an Excellent award unless they have had at least three recorded calvings on database.
- No cows will be considered for an Excellent 2, 3, 4 etc. unless they have had at least two further recorded calvings on Database since receiving their last Excellent award. Please Note: Where a cow is awarded an Excellent etc., the correct number of calvings must be recorded on database within the same lactation as the classification is given, for it to stand.
- Official identification for pedigree animals will be via the test number displayed in the animal’s ear, which must correspond with the test number on the Handheld Unit.
- No two year old heifer will score more than 87 points.
- FARMER TRAITS
TOP Farmer Lists will be sent to all applicants prior to inspection. It is a mandatory requirement for members to fill in the scores for each animal on the two year old list (older animals optional) as the information is invaluable for calculation of sire proofs. If you wish to have Farmer Traits entered for your older animals, please indicate on your application form.
- RE-SUBMITTING PREVIOUSLY CLASSIFIED ANIMALS
If in the opinion of the inspector, the animal does not merit an increase in her award or points, she will be recorded as RW (recommended withdrawal) and charged a withdrawn fee.
- PRESENTATION OF ANIMALS
To assist inspectors in carrying out their tasks efficiently, and keep to their timetable, the following conditions MUST be adhered to:
- Animals must be identified by their test number, by ear-tag.
- Where possible all animals are to be inspected through a concrete yard. If animals are inspected in the paddock, cows are to be in groups of no more 25 and a list of cows to be inspected must be available to the inspector. For inspections taking place in the paddock, the grass must be no longer than 100mm maximum and the paddock must not be severely pugged. If the inspector deems that paddock to be unsuitable (i.e. to pugged and Health & Safety issue) then they can request that the animals be moved to a concrete yard.
- All cows must have been milked at normal hours, regardless of the time of day of the scheduled visit. Please be aware of animal health and ensure animals are not overbagged.
- For large herds wishing to classify, please contact the office to discuss the options available to you for completing your inspection.
- The Classification Committee of the Association has the responsibility for the selection, training and appointment of Classification Inspectors who must also hold a TOP Inspector’s Certificate.
- Inspectors will be allocated to tours of inspection on the approval of the HFNZ Board.
- When applying for classification, members must accept the inspector appointed.
- CANCELLATION OF CLASSIFICATION APPLICATION
Once all tours for the classification season have been finalised, members will be advised of their allocated date and time in writing. Cancellations received by the office seven days or less before the inspector is due at the farm will incur a cancellation fee.
- VARIATION BETWEEN NUMBERS
Members who offer for inspection 20% more or less than the number nominated on the application form will be charged a penalty fee.
- CLASSIFICATION OF ANIMALS TWICE IN A SEASON
Three year olds and older animals in-milk can be classified twice in a season.
- SUMMARY OF FEES
Refer to service fees.
- INSPECTIONS SCHEDULE
Indicative timetable for the commencement of the spring inspections are:
- Northland, Waikato, Bay of Plently mid-October
- Manawatu/Wairarapa/Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki mid/late-October
- Nelson/Marlborough/Golden Bay, Canterbury/Westland, Otago/Southland late-October
- Otago/Southland Late mid-February
- SHERRIFF MEMORIAL TROPHY
All people who have been members of the Association for less than 10 years, that classify, will be considered for the Sherriff Memorial Trophy. This trophy is awarded to the herd owner with the highest average classification score for two year olds.
- HEALTH & SAFETY
All members applying for classification must ensure that all Health & Safety requirements are met.
- COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
Should any member not be happy with any aspect of their classification inspection, they must put their concerns in writing (email acceptable) to the General Manager, within one month of the Classification taking place. All written complaints will be dealt with by the HFNZ Board.