Masters Theses

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Animal Husbandry

Major Professor

Don O. Richardson

Committee Members

M. J. Montgomery, J. T. Miles


The conformation of dairy cows is a trait which receives consid-erable emphasis in dairy cattle selection programs. Several years ago this was justified on the basis of an intuitive relationship with lac-tation performance. This relationship, when examined closely, was found not to be nearly as great as many people thought. In more recent years the emphasis on conformation is justified as being related to the ability of animals to wear and remain in the herd for a long and useful life. Research investigations into this aspect have not been very numerous. The influence of environment factors on classification score have not been established. The changes which occur with age and the effect of stage of lactation need to be established for optimum effi-ciency in interpretation of classification data. Therefore, this study was undertaken to determine the factors affecting classification scores such as age, years, stage of lactation. and body weight, and to determine the correlation between type and production and the interrelationship of the major type breakdowns to total score and measures of milk yield.

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