A system of classification of registered females based upon type and individuality, TOP Classification recognises that progress towards the improvement of the Ayrshire breed should be obtained through animals superior in conformation as well as production.
The implementation of the e-TOP in the 2003 season has seen the use of hand held datamate units in the field greatly enhance the classification system.
Classification is undertaken by the Association in late spring each year. Animals are scored by trained inspectors on a scale of 1 - 9 for 11 different conformation traits along with scores for 'udder overall' and 'dairy conformation'. These scores are then converted into an 'award' as follows:
2 year olds
A,B,C,D plus the Udder Overall and Dairy Conformation scores separated by a dash.
E (Excellent), V (very highly commended), H (highly commended) and F (Fair) plus the Udder Overall and Dairy Conformation scores separated by a dash. Cows may only receive an Excellent Award after they have reached five years of age.
Members are encouraged to submit all 2 year old cows (both pedigree and grade), along with any older animals they wish to have re-classified. In particular, the two year old data plays a large role in calculating sire proofs and the information is invaluable in that respect.