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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 classification@holstein.ca or call 1-855-756-8300 (ext. 244) to join. Learn more about the program.
Click here to download the current Jersey classification scorecard.


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 $150 for both regular and mid rounds, plus $12 per animal. Each round is completed in approximately eight (8) months, with mid-round classifications available in your area (approximately halfway through). Please provide 30 days notice for mid-round subscriptions so that the Classifier can carefully plan his herds. If the producer is going to be away during the classifiers round, please let Classification Services at Holstein Canada know.

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 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.

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