I placed this class of Ayrshire cows B-C-D-A. B excels in the class with her correctness of mammary system and her advantage of dairy strength. B carries her udder higher above her hocks, is more nearly level along the udder floor, and has a more correct teat placement. Furthermore, she has more depth of heart, more spring and openness to her rib, more depth of rear flank, and is wider from hooks to pins. I do grant that C has a longer, leaner neck.

In a close placing, C places over D for her advantage in feet and legs. C has a more correct set to the hock, a more centralized thurl placement, and stands straighter on her legs when viewed from behind. C also has more height and width of rear udder along with more bloom of udder. I will concede that D has more depth of heart and is wider through her rump.

D uses that dairy strength advantage along with balance to place over A. She is wider in her chest floor, has more depth of heart, and more depth and openness of rib. D also carries this width back through her rump and has more spring of rib. Furthermore, D has an advantage in dairy character being longer and leaner through her neck, thinner about her hide, and is more incurving in her thighs. I grant that A has less set to her hock.

About the judge . . . Sean Johnson

Sean Johnson
Rohrersville, Md.
Johnson placed the AYRSHIRES. He began his career at Maple Dell Farm in Woodbine, Md., working with registered Holsteins and Ayrshires. From there, he set out as a cattle fitter and then ran his own hoof trimming business for 13 years. These days, Johnson is an area sales manager for Premier Select Sires. He has judged Holsteins, Jerseys, and Red and Whites at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pa.; the Guernseys at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.; and twice has been an associate judge at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. Johnson and his wife, Heather, have two children, Liam and Paige.