Irish Cattle Breeding Federation

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Breeding Federation

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Core Traits

1. Width At Withers

Width of the animal at the highest point, above the front legs
(1 = Narrow. 15 = Wide)

2. Width Behind Withers

Width behind the Withers
(1 = Narrow. 15 = Wide)

3. Hind Quarter Development

The level of roundness and fill of the rear point, above the front legs end when viewed from the side
(1 = Low. 15 = High)

4. Loin Development

The overall level of width, length and fill of the Loin into account

(1 = Low. 15 = High)

5. Development of Inner Thigh

The level of fill / development of the muscle between the back legs

(1 = Low. 15 = High)

6. Thigh Width

Overall Width of the Hindquarters when viewed from behind

(1 = Narrow. 15 = Wide)

7. Height of Withers

Height of the animal at the highest point above the front legs

(1 = Small. 10 = Tall)

8. Depth of Chest

The vertical distance from the withers to the bottom of the chest behind the front legs

(1 = Shallow. 10 = Deep)

9. Width of Chest

The width of the animal between the front shoulders

(1 = Narrow. 10 = Wide)

10. Fore Legs

1 = Toes pointed out.
5 = Toes straight ahead.
10 = Toes pointed in.

11.Hind Legs - Side View

1 = Straight.
5 = Angled.
10 = Sickled.

12. Hind Legs -Rear View

1 = Toes pointed out.
5 = Toes straight ahead.
10 = Toes pointed in.

13. Length of Back

Distance between withers & hip bone

(1 = Short. 10 = Long)

14. Level of Back

1 = Dip. 5 = Perfect. 10 = Hump

15. Pelvic Length

Distance between hip bone & rear of animal

(1 = Short. 10 = Long)

16. Width at Hips

Width between the hip bones

(1 = Narrow. 10 = Wide)

17. Width at Pins

Width between the pin bones

(1 = Narrow. 10 = Wide)

18. Thickness of Bone

Degree of thickness of canon bone

(1 = Narrow. 10 = Thick)

19. Locomotion

The level of Correctness when Weanling walks

(1=Low, 10=High)

20. Docility

 

1-2 = Aggressive
3-4 = Flighty/Wild
5-6 = Nervous
7-8 = Restless
9-10 = Docile

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