Animal Science Department


Date of this Version

January 1965


Published in Journal of Dairy Science. Copyright © 1965 American Dairy Science Association. Used by permission.


The purpose of the New York type appraisal program is to attempt to rate type traits objectively. Approximately 34 traits are included, of which 25 are rated by the appraiser and 9 by the herd manager. This paper reports differences among 18 appraisers, including S professional judges, 7 New York Artificial Breeders' Cooperative fieldmen, and 3 other sire selection personnel all of whom rated 38 cows in a single herd. There were statistically significant differences (P ≤ .05) among appraisers for all traits. Average scores of the professionals were different from those of the fieldmen for all except six traits. Differences among the professionals were also large, as were the differences among the fieldmen. The results suggest that the fieldmen as a group appraised with as much consistency as the group of professional judges.