Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging 2014 - Guernsey

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I placed this quality class of Guernsey cows D A C B. D easily starts the class with her long, deep and wide frame and quality mammary system. D places over A with a longer, more snugly-attached fore udder. She has a deeper cleft on the floor of her udder and more clearly defined halving all the way up her rear udder. D shows more depth of body and more overall capacity than A with a particular advantage in depth of fore rib. I admit that A shows more strength in her loin and is more stylish and upstanding through her front end than D.

In my middle pair, A uses her more youthful udder to easily place over C. A is more snug in her fore udder attachment than is C, holds her udder higher above the hock and has a higher rear udder attachment. A has shorter front teats and stands on stronger pasterns than C. I admit that C does exhibit a deeper and more open rib than A.

Finally, in a closer pair of very different cows, C uses her tremendously open, dairy frame to place over the tighter-ribbed B. C is deeper through her fore and rear rib, is more angular over the withers, longer and leaner through the neck, and shows more openness throughout. C also shows more width and bloom in her rear udder than B. In addition, C is wider through her rump than the more compact B. B holds her udder higher above the hock than C with a fore udder that blends more smoothly into the body wall. However, she lacks the overall dairy quality needed to place higher in this class.

Seth JohnsonSeth Johnson
Tunbridge, Vt.
Johnson placed the BROWN SWISS. He and his wife, Becky, own and operate Arthurst Farm in Plato, Minn., where they milk 100 Brown Swiss. The third-generation dairy farmer has exhibited Grand or Reserve Grand Champion 14 times at the Minnesota State Fair and has garnered either Premier Breeder and/or Exhibitor banners for the past 15 years. As a collegiate judge, he was a member of the University of Minnesota’s 1978 National Championship team. Since then he judged shows across the country, including the Brown Swiss at World Dairy Expo, and in Brazil, France, Mexico and Peru.


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