Mr James has a wealth of experience having been a classifier for 22 years, as well as holding a senior classifier position within the society for the past three years.
Mr James said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as head classifier and it is very encouraging to have the support of the superb classification team behind me.
“I have great respect for the team of classifiers and I look forward to working with them to improve the level of service to members, other breed societies, AI companies and other organisations for the benefit of the industry.
“The majority of breeders are looking for a robust type of cow that has balance between strength and dairyness, production and longevity, with sound legs and feet as well as a capacious mammary.
“I aim to develop the team of classifiers which already have the expertise and vision, to classify all breeds. We have recently started classifying Beef Shorthorns and I look forward to rolling this out across other breeds in the not too distant future,” said Mr James.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Parkinson for his tireless work as head classifier and wish him well for the future.”