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CHANGES TO BULL CALF REGISTRATION
NEWS, VIEWS AND EVENTS
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There are changes on the horizon in the way that members register bull calves.
latest news from Holstein UK
Bull calf registration – what’s changing?
From January 2010, before a bull calf can be registered it will be a
requirement that it is DNA genotyped. The price of registering a bull calf will
therefore increase by £29.90; the cost of the DNA genotyping.
Most members will
How will this affect me?
know that Simon Gee
was taken ill in July.
If you register using TELREG a bull calf registration will cost £60.28, if using the
After an emergency
Internet through farm software, WebReg, CIS or UDF Calving it will rise to £59.63
operation, he is now
and if you are on Holstein Complete or Total Herd Registration (THR) you will
back home
pay for the DNA test ie £30.55. These prices assume a VAT rate of 17.5% and no convalescing although
increase in registration fees.
will be starting an
When you apply to register a male calf, you will be asked to supply a DNA
extended course of
treatment this month. This will keep him away from
sample for genotyping. A DNA kit will be automatically sent out to you and once
the office for the time being. Our production
taken the sample will be sent to the laboratory for analysis. The
assistant Penny Hamza is also undergoing
registration will not be completed until Holstein UK receive the genotype results. treatment and we wish both Simon and Penny a full
You will be charged for the bull registration at the end of the month.
and speedy recovery.
If the DNA sample is not returned within 100 days of birth, you will receive a
reminder letter and if the DNA is not returned then the calf will not be
Our recent Centenary Celebrations saw hundreds of
members descend on Cheshire for two
registered.
glorious days. Chester Cathedral provided a
What are the benefits of this change?
beautiful backdrop to the Service of Thanksgiving
that opened the celebrations. After settling in at
Genotyping of bull calves will provide the society and yourself with important
the Queen Hotel we enjoyed a program of visits and
information which will enable progeny of the bull to be parentage checked in
events culminating in the Black Tie Centenary Ball
the future. at Chester Racecourse. Our thanks go to Grosvenor
Farms, Cogent Breeding, the Townhouse herd and
How does this affect the current Bull registration rules?
the Duke of Westminster for making their
Bull calves must still be registered within 45 days of birth on TELREG, WebReg,
businesses and gardens available to us. We also held
CIS / UDF ‘Your Herd’ or through your on-farm software program. If a calf is aged our second sale of this Centenary year, the Sale for
between 46 & 60 days you will receive a late registration fee and if the date since
the Century, which achieved a bumper attendance,
calving goes over 60 days you will have to do a full parentage check. This will cost
and we would like to thank Beeston Auction.
Read all about the weekend on page 6.
an additional £29.90 for each DNA analysis that is required. If DNA is unavailable
from either sire or dam, and there are not sufficient siblings to reconstruct the
For this edition of the Journal, we have taken
missing parental genotype, then parentage cannot be proven and we cannot
a look at the topical issue of outcross breeding.
register the animal. There is much to suggest that breeders have all
Female calves can be registered after 60 days as a one off Whole Herd Grade Up
the options they need within the Black and White
with the support of milk record information. They can also be registered as ASRs
gene pool to enhance their herds and guard against
increased levels of inbreeding without resorting
whereas male calves cannot. Male calves must have full parentage check if
to cross breeding. You will find information on
registered after 60 days.
interesting bloodlines, inbreeding coefficients and
Holstein UK differentiate between male and female animals in this regard British Friesians within this edition. The Ballycairn
because of the potential impact a misidentification could have on the
and Brinkworth herd features follow this train of
accuracy of the Herdbook. This impact is potentially significantly greater for a
thought and these herds provide very different
examples of how two systems are tackling breeding
misidentified male than for a misidentified female. This is why female
issues. Also in this edition we say goodbye to the
animals can be put forward in a Whole Herd Grade Up and males cannot.
Royal, we report on the Northern Ireland Centenary
How can I find out more?
Celebration - The Causeway Classic, as well as the
Royal Welsh, Highland and Dairy Event.
If you have any further questions regarding this or any of our other services,
please do not hesitate to call on 01923 695 200 or email suzanne@holstein-uk.org
I have also outlined how Holstein UK intends to
tackle the negative press surrounding the industry
REGISTERING DUTCH IMPORTS
over the
coming
Holstein UK is experiencing problems when members and AI
year.
Companies provide export certificates for Dutch imported semen or
You can
animals. The Dutch export certificates can have a variety of
read about
information missing, which we need when we register imports.
our
Please ensure that when requesting information from CRV, you ask
intentions
for a standard certificate rather than an export certificate. This will
on page 5.
enable us to process your animal import request without delay.
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