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Bull and cow evaluation files are available for download at 1 pm on the Friday before release but are password protected to allow for download prior to official release

The password for unencrypting the files is available to the public at 7 am on the day of release. See the evaluation schedule for the complete listing of evaluation availability times. A complete description of evaluation distribution is also available.

Official bull evaluation files
(ftp://ftp.uscdcb.com/pub/bulls)
Format 38
Format CT (calving traits)

File name1 Records
(no.)
File size
(bytes)
Date Bulls included*
38alloff.zip 648,476 123,138,168 Aug 6 2021 All domestic and foreign bulls with official evaluations
CT.itb.zip 231,739 8,745,660 Aug 6 2021 Calving traits evaluations
*The status code of bulls that had been active (A) status after the preceding evaluation are set to inactive (I) status and the status code of bulls that had been genomically tested (G) status is set to multiherd sampled (P) status because AI status is updated by NAAB after evaluations are released.

The status updates are provided in a separate file (status of AI bulls) by NAAB by the Thurday following each evaluation release. This text file includes the ID and status code of all bulls with a status of active (A); foreign-sampled, semen available (F); genomically tested that will be marketed (G); or limited use (L).


Nonofficial bull evaluation files2
(ftp://ftp.uscdcb.com/pub/bulls)
Format 38
File name1 Records
(no.)
File size
(bytes)
Date Evaluations included*
38usnoff.zip 0 202 Aug 6 2021 U.S.-only evaluations for bulls with official Interbull evaluations
38ibnoff.zip 231,923 26,018,754 Aug 6 2021 Interbull evaluations for bulls with official U.S.-only evaluations
38all.trad.zip 394,376 71,264,081 Aug 6 2021 U.S. and MACE traditional evaluations without genomics for all bulls


Interim summary files
(ftp://ftp.uscdcb.com/pub/bulls)
Format 38
File Name1 Records
(no.)
File size
(bytes)
Date Summaries Included*
38i.zip 620 57,893 Sep 14 2021 Interim summaries for progeny-test bulls
*Based on first-lactation records of cows in herds with progeny-test daughters during the latest 18 months.


Official cow evaluation files
(ftp://ftp.uscdcb.com/pub/cows)
Format 105
File name1 Records
(no.)
File size
(bytes)
Date Evaluations included
105el.zip 204,731 28,667,239 Aug 6 2021 Evaluations for elite cows and high-ranking grades based on NM$ percentile
105hi5.zip  611,221 88,132,875 Aug 6 2021 Evaluations for the top 5% of cows based on NM$ (registered and grade)


Herd-owner names and addresses
(ftp://ftp.uscdcb.com/pub/cows)
Format 2
File Name1 Records
(no.)
File size
(bytes)
Date Herds included
2nel.zip 1,859 68,119 Aug 6 2021 Herds with elite cows and high-ranking grades based on NM$ percentile
2nhi5.zip3 3,201 113,822 Aug 6 2021 Herds for the top 5% of cows based on NM$ (registered and grade)


1Compressed (zipped) files have .zip extension. Uncompressed files have the extension .myy where m is the month (Nov=B) and yy the year of the evaluation (e.g., B02 indicates November, 2002).

2For bulls with both a U.S.-only and an Interbull evaluation available, the Interbull evaluation is official if it includes data from an additional country or if Interbull excludes U.S. data but has higher reliability than the U.S.-only evaluation.

3Password administered by National Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

Last Modified: 01/12/2021