Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging - Guernsey
I placed this outstanding group of Guernsey cows C D B A. C moves to the top of this class with her winning combination of angularity, strength, and soundness of udder attachments. In my top pair, C places over D with a clear advantage in refinement. C is leaner in the neck, sharper over the withers, and more open in the rib. C also carries less flesh, particularly over the topline and rump, and is more incurving in the thigh. C has a more youthful udder, held higher above the hock, with a smoother fore udder attachment, and rear teats placed more centrally beneath each quarter, noting the close teat placement of D. I do grant that D has an advantage in frame, being straighter over the topline.
It is an advantage in frame that places D over B in the middle pair. D is much harder over the topline, particularly in the loin, is more nearly level from hooks to pins, and has a tailhead that sits more neatly between her pins. D also blends more smoothly from neck to shoulder and shoulder to barrel. Moreover, D has a higher rear udder attachment and carries her udder higher above the hock, noting the B has the deepest udder in the class. I recognize that B is carrying less flesh and exhibits less set to the hock.
Finally, B places over A with a distinct advantage in rear udder, exhibiting greater height and width at the point of attachment. The rear udder of B displays more overall capacity and uniform width from top to bottom, faulting A for narrowing substantially at the top of the rear udder. B displays more angularity, greater spring of rear rib, a steeper foot angle, and more depth of heel. I grant that A has a more youthful udder with a more desirable rump structure, but she lacks the refinement and height and width of rear udder attachment to place any higher.