Everything Junior Members Need to Know About DNA Testing

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DNA Requirements for Foundation-Registered AI Sires and Donor Dams

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Everything Junior Members Need to Know About DNA Testing


With the upcoming AJSA Regional and National Classics, and summer show season, it is very important to be up to date on DNA requirements for registration. The deadlines in this article are specifically for the AJSA Regional and National Classics, but the general registration requirements serve as a good guide for all who will register animals for show season. Please pay close attention to the DNA timeline provided below. Remember registrations not completed by the member on Herdbook.org can take 3 - 5 days for ASA to process even after DNA results are uploaded. Registration applications can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the ASA, but remember that the registration process is independent of the DNA testing. Time spent in transit can be shortened by using FedEx and members can opt to pay a priority handling fee for registrations, however, this extra expense is not necessary. There is no way to expedite the time it takes for DNA test results once the sample is at the lab.

• All animals resulting from the purchase of an embryo MUST be parent verified. There are no exceptions to this rule. WARNING: If an animal is purchased with the guarantee of registration/transfer by the seller, make sure the seller is aware of this requirement.

• ALL donor dams and AI sires are required to have an HD150K profile complete before their progeny can be registered. Ideally, ensure this requirement has been met prior to breeding cows, purchasing semen, flushing embryos, or purchasing animals to show. If the sire or dam is of another breed, please request the breed association forward all DNA information to ASA’s DNA department.

• If DNA testing is required, put the animal on file before requesting the testing. This step helps track the animal through the DNA process by providing a unique ID that will remain the animal’s registration number. Also, by putting an animal on file with pedigree, Herdbook will show all trait and defect risk information so the member may know earlier possible trait or genetic condition risks. To learn how to put an animal on file, visit simmental.org/newmembers and follow the link to instructions.

• Make sure animals won’t be put on genetic hold. AI sires, pasture sires, and donor dams can cause progeny to be put on genetic hold. If an animal is at risk for a defect, please call ASA immediately to discuss testing options.

AJSA Deadlines

May 8: Regional Classic entry deadline, 4:30 p.m. MST

May 15: Regional Classic late entry deadline, 4:30 p.m. MST

May 22: National Classic entry deadline, 4:30 p.m. MST

May 29: National Classic late entry deadline, 4:30 p.m. MST

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