Total Herd Enrollment Requirements

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Total Herd Enrollment (THE) is a cow inventory-based program. Participation in the program requires an inventory of all your Simmental registered cows that is updated yearly.

ENROLLMENT DEADLINES

Spring Herds

Herds (dams that will calve between Jan 1 – June 30)

*Enrollment Time: Oct 15 – Dec 15 prior to calving season.  To meet compliance deadline for calf data reporting, all calf data needs to be submitted to ASA by the following December 15.

 

Fall Herds

Herds (dams that will calve between July 1 - Dec 31)

*Enrollment Time: Apr 15 - June 15 prior to calving season

To meet compliance deadline for calf data reporting, all calf data needs to be submitted to ASA by the following June 15.

Late Enrollment

If you miss the THE enrollment deadline and were enrolled the prior year:

Members enrolled in THE that miss the enrollment deadline will have all of the dams listed on  the preliminary inventory generated by ASA enrolled in Option A at $16.00 each.  Members will then have 30 days (February 1 for Spring herds, August 1 for Fall herds) to make adjustments to their inventory (the same way as enrolling) including a choice to change from Option A to Option B or C. (THE fees will be adjusted if you change to Option B or C within the 30 days).

Note:  If adjustments are not made within 30 days (February 1 or August 1), your preliminary inventory will be accepted as is (including enrolled in Option A, regardless of previous year’s option). There is a $1.00 late-enrollment fee that will not be refunded.

Highlights:

  • All Simmental or Simbrah registered cows must be enrolled in SAME option
  •  Commercial cows and cows of other breeds can be enrolled in either option
  • Members can have all ASA registered cows in TR and non-ASA registered cows in SR
  • Enrolling a cow in THE does NOT register the cow with ASA

For more information please see the Have You Herd blog, http://www.simmental.org/haveyouherd.

 

 

Benefits of THE

 

Goals of THE

 
  • Improve Quality of Data Submitted and Used by ASA in Genetic Evaluations — Submitting data on the entire cowherd provides the complete contemporary group, which leads to more informative EPDs and adjusted measurements.  Submitting only a portion of the cowherd causes the contemporary group to be biased, ultimately leading to misinformative EPDs. 
  • Improve and Develop Female Records — A reproductive record on every cow, every year aids in improvement and development of female oriented EPDs, such as Stayability and Heifer Pregnancy.  It will also enable an accurate calving interval to be calculated. 
  • National Animal Identification Program — Enrolling in THE will provide every animal with a unique number and allow for continuous data to be reported to that number each year.
  • Reduced or No Registration Fees — Registration fees for members enrolled in THE will be less or they may even be free depending on the enrollment option. 
  • More Informative EPDs Returned — Performance based EPDs will be provided to members enrolled in THE on any animal registered, which means the animal’s own weights and contemporary group will go in to the calculation of its EPDs.  Members not enrolled in THE will only receive pedigree estimated EPDs on the animals registered, which will be the average of their parent’s EPDs.  
  • Contribution to Genetic Improvement — Data from members participating in THE will be the only  Data submitted by members not enrolled in THE will not be used in the genetic evaluation because there is a possibility the entire contemporary group was not turned in, therefore, biasing the contemporary group.  data used in the genetic evaluation.

 

THE Enrollment ~ 4 Options Available

 

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Did you know that there are now four Options offered to members participating in Total Herd Enrollment?  Each Option is unique and how you enroll/pay for your dams determines how data will be delivered and reported on the yearly calf crop.  It is highly recommended to evaluate your individual herd goals to better select the Option that will best suit your operation’s needs. Whether you are a seedstock or commercial producer, one of the Options below is bound to be a fit for you!

Key Points about THE

  • Once you enroll your dams and select an Option, they remain in the Option you have chosen until the following year when you submit a new inventory and are able to select a different Option.
  • Participating in any of the four Options requires every dam to be enrolled on inventory and a calf/productivity code to be reported every year.
  • All Simmental registered dams have to be enrolled in the SAME Option, you may not pick and choose Options when it comes to the registered Simmental dams.  Dams of other breeds and commercial cows may be enrolled in any of the Options, regardless of how the registered Simmental dams are enrolled.
  • Concerning ET calves raised in cooperator herds. Since the recip dam is not listed on a THE inventory, when you register the ET calf you will leave the recip dam information blank, record the donor dam and sire of the calf and it will invoice your account per ET calf registered based on which Option your herd is enrolled in. For example, if your herd is enrolled in Option A, you will be invoiced $15.00/ET calf registered.
  • Donor dams need to be enrolled on inventory as long as they are alive and being managed within your herd.  If the donor dam is deceased or has been sold, she needs to be removed from inventory with the appropriate code.  You will still be able to register frozen embryos in the future if need be.

Option A

  • Every dam enrolled on inventory for $15.00/dam/year
  • Calves born in enrollment year and meeting all registration requirements are registered for FREE
  • Performance based EPDs returned on all calves, regardless if they are registered or reported
  • This Option fits herds where the majority of the calf crop is registered(>40%) and EPDs are utilized in selection decisions

Option B

  • Every dam enrolled on inventory for FREE
  • Age dependent calf registration fees
    • Under 10 months of age = $30.00
    • 10 to 15 months of age = $40.00
    • Over 15 months of age = $50.00
  • Performance based EPDs returned on registered calves only
  • This Option fits herds where less than 40% of the calf crop is registered and EPDs are NOT utilized in selection decisions

Option C

  • Every dam enrolled on inventory for $7.50/dam/year
  • Age dependent calf registration fees(same as Option B)
    • Under 10 months of age = $30.00
    • 10 to 15 months of age = $40.00
    • Over 15 months of age = $50.00
  • Performance based EPDs returned on all calves, regardless if they are registered or reported
  • This Option fits herds where EPDs are utilized in selection decisions but registration papers are not necessary on the calves. If you start registering more than 5% of the calf crop each year, take a look at Option A, it might suit your operation better.

Option D (CM)

  • Every dam is enrolled on inventory for a *$500 whole herd fee. *This yearly enrollment fee does not include any costs associated with entering your herd data in to the ASA database.
  • Age dependent calf registration fees(same as non-THE members)
    • Under 10 months of age = $42.00
    • 10 to 15 months of age = $52.00
    • Over 15 months of age = $62.00
  • Performance based EPDs returned on heifers, regardless if they are registered or reported.  There will also be average group EPDs reported on the steers. NO EPDs will be displayed on bull calves.
  • This Option fits herds where commercial producers are interested in receiving EPDs on their replacement heifers. Commercial producers must also be willing/able to collect and submit individual data along with identifying a sire for each calf, either through parental validation, single sire pasture exposures or AI records.

If you have questions or wish to discuss your specific herd goals please call ASA at 406.587.4531 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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