Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging Contest Ayrshire Class
I placed this class of Ayrshire aged cows B A C D. I place B over A for her great advantage in dairyness and size and scale. B is a taller, longer cow with more angularity over the withers, back, hooks, and pins. Furthermore, B has more depth in the heart, fore and rear rib, with more spring and openess of rib than A. B also has more width through the front end. B stands on a better set of feet and legs with less set to the hock and more depth to the heel than A. B also has a more desirable front teat placement. I grant that A is more nearly level on her udder floor and has a stonger udder cleft.
In a close placing, I place A over C because of the strength of her udder attachments. A is much stronger in her fore udder attachment and has a higher, wider rear udder attachment with a more shapely and desirable turn to her rear udder. A also exhibits a stronger median suspensory ligament than C. I give an advantage to C, however, in being a longer, leaner cow with less flesh throughout and standing on a more desirable set of feet and legs.
In a logical placing, C goes over D because of her advantage in style and angularity. C is a much leaner cow in her front end and brisket and carries less flesh over the back, hooks, and pins. She is also more incurving in the thighs. C also stands on a more correct set of legs with less set in the hock and a deeper heel. C also has a more desirable teat size and placement with her udder being held higher above the hock. Although D has a higher, wider rear udder attachment, her depth of udder and lack of style and angularity prevent her from placing higher.
AYRSHIRES B A C D
BACD—100 ABCD—92 CBAD—80 DBAC—50
BADC— 90 ABDC—82 CBDA—64 DBCA—44
BCAD— 94 ACBD—78 CABD—72 DABC—42
BCDA— 78 ACDB—54 CADB—48 DACB—28
BDAC— 74 ADBC—58 CDBA—40 DCBA—30
BDCA— 68 ADCB—44 CDAB—32 DCAB—22