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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 580,103 97,360,374 Mar 29 2019 All domestic and foreign bulls with official evaluations
38coff.zip 99,600 15,637,964 Mar 29 2019 All bulls except Holsteins and Red & Whites
38off.zip 580,103 97,360,368 Mar 29 2019 Bulls with U.S. daughters OR enrolled with the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB)
38ai.zip 93,603 20,983,783 Mar 29 2019 All bulls enrolled with NAAB
38s.zip 1,633 417,272 Mar 29 2019 Bulls enrolled with NAAB, likely to have semen available
CT.itb.zip 226,039 7,990,460 Mar 29 2019 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 1,498 257,547 Mar 29 2019 U.S.-only evaluations for bulls with official Interbull evaluations
38ibnoff.zip 38,683 5,525,590 Mar 29 2019 Interbull evaluations for bulls with official U.S.-only evaluations
38all.trad.zip 386,067 61,233,801 Mar 29 2019 U.S.-only 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 663 58,274 May 16 2019 Interim summaries for progeny-test bulls
38i.519.xml 669 471,924 May 16 2019 Interim summaries for progeny-test bulls (XML)
38i.519.xlsx 804 189,335 May 16 2019 Interim summaries for progeny-test bulls (spreadsheet .xlsx)
*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 155,927 19,209,529 Mar 29 2019 Evaluations for elite cows and high-ranking grades based on NM$ percentile
105hi5.zip  499,457 63,638,589 Mar 29 2019 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 2,354 83,828 Mar 29 2019 Herds with elite cows and high-ranking grades based on NM$ percentile
2nhi5.zip3 4,404 150,009 Mar 29 2019 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: 12/04/2018