And the winners of the International Classification Competition are……..

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Farmers from 14 different countries have been battling it out over the past few weeks to create their ideal ranking of eight red-and-white and eight black-and-white cows in the world’s first online cattle classification competition. In total, almost 350 replies were submitted to CRV. Many of the entrants were from the Netherlands and Flanders, but we also received entries from New Zealand, Pakistan, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Poland and Ireland.

As the results show, expertly ranking the B&W category was no easy task. Out of all the international entries, no single one was an exact match with the jury’s decision. One entrant limited the damage to two penalty points and another entrant to three. The third prize was raffled among the three entries with four penalty points.

The first prize goes to Robert Kelly (NZ) – a semen voucher worth €200. The second prize, a semen voucher worth €150, was claimed by Seamus Lannon, also from New Zealand. The third prize, a semen voucher worth €100, is for the Polish entrant Przemysław Gawron.

A world champion was also raffled from all the correct entries. This honour was awarded to: Jeroen Dolstra from the Netherlands.

Black-and-white category

The jury for the black-and-white category was formed by Jan van Weerdenburg and Frank Winter, herdbook classifiers at CRV. Their judgements were made based on the same photos and without access to any more information than the entrants in the competition.

Weerdenburg and Winter ranked the heifers as follows:

Heifer Name Sire Owner
D Mindy v.h. Zomerbloemhof Hotline Lahousse-Zomerbloemhof LV, Elverdinge (B)
A Delta Saar Danno K & L Nooijen-Maas, Coevorden
B Bwn Famke P Fun P VOF Booij-Ottens, Benneveld
C Delta Carol Atlantic De Cock LV, Sint-Laureins (B)

 

In the older cow category, the winning order was:

Cow Name Sire Owner
G Noortje 62 (4th calf) G-Force VOF Breunissen Silvolde, Silvolde
F Amalia 243 (5th calf) Atlantic Mts. A. & H. Loman, Tollebeek
H Delta Jacy (4th calf) Goliath Peeters Groep LV, Geel (B)
E Nan Proef 9110 (th calf) Pilot Dairy farm JL Koopmans, Oosterwolde (Fr)

 

Red-and-white category

The red-and-white category seemed to cause quite a lot of contention, as the results show. Not one entry fully matched the jury’s decision. Two of the international entrants scored four penalty points, while three tallied up five penalty points. The third prize was raffled among these three entrants.

Philip Mattinson from the UK took the first prize, a semen voucher worth €200. The second prize, a semen voucher worth €150, goes to Wendy Harker from New Zealand. The third prize is for Przemysław Gawron from Poland.

Engbert Jan Ruitenberg and Mieke Vander Schueren, herdbook classifiers at CRV, formed the jury for the red-and-white category. They also made their judgements based on the same photos and without access to any more information than the entrants.

Ruitenberg and Vander Schueren ranked the heifers as follows:

Heifer Name Sire Owner
J Delta Betsy Nova Star Dairy farm Van Berkum, Elahuizen
K Irene 204 Pascal Mts. R & E Wopereis-Krabbenborg, Zieuwent
L Henny 4273 Nova PP Dairy farm Ketelaars, Overasselt
I Retraitehoeve Corrie 82 Fun P VOF Willemse-Meulepas, Beers

 

In the older cow category, the winning order was:

Calf Name Sire Owner
P Roza 657 (4th calf) Spencer Mts. J. Geessink, Winterswijk
O Betsie 107 (4th calf) Stellando Dairy farm de Broekhuizen, Dalfsen
M De Steeg Liza (3th calf) Deluxe P H. van de Westeringh, Heteren
N Frida 167 (4th calf) Kodak Swank, Nieuw Beijerland