The Holstein Breed Standard is a world-wide standard set by the members of the World Holstein-Friesian Association. These standards are adopted and are recognised throughout the world and utilised by Holstein Australia, mainly for the purpose of exporting heifers to China.
The Chinese government require all Australian Holstein animals to be inspected by a Holstein Australia trained classifier for Holstein Breed Standard (formally known as True to Type and Quality). These measures are put in place by the Chinese government to eliminate sub-standard heifers.
Once the heifers have been inspected, each beast will receive a certificate stating she is of Holstein Breed Standard. Some of the things that Holstein Australia inspect for are:
- Breed standard colour markings
- Absence of severe abnormalities
- Desirable confirmation traits.
Black or red hair on one or more legs beginning at the hoof and extending unbroken to or above the knee is considered “not” to be breed standard.
One or more legs encircled with black or red hair which touches the hoof at any point is considered “not” to be Breed standard.
Non Breed Standard Colour Markings Breed Standard Colour Markings
Not Holstein Breed Standard Holstein Breed Standard
No black or red hair arising from the extreme 5cms of the tail bone.
The last 5cms of the tail bone must be white.
Breed Standard Non Breed Standard
Below are examples of some abnormalities that will not pass a Holstein Breed Standard inspection:
Extremely High Pins Extreme Lack of Dairy Character
Information courtesy of Holstein Australia http://www.holstein.com.au/