in this mailing you will find a proposal for
genotyping heifer calves that will move the
American Dexter Cattle Association to a fully
parent verified registry over the next several
years. As I wrote to all of you a few months
ago in a separate mailing, this transition
to a parent verified registry is in response
to broad based member requests.
first proposal that was put forward last year
by the Board of Directors (BOD) was ambitious
and moved us to parent verification very quickly.
That proposal was not popular with many ADCA
members from across the country, so it was
discarded. This new proposal is more moderate.
It still encompasses many of the suggestions
that members have made, but at a slower pace
and at a lower cost.
proposal does not look at the past; it is
forward focused. Those animals that are currently
registered remain registered. There will be
no requirement to genotype any female born
prior to January 2016. You may genotype your
older cows if you desire, but it is not required.
We are only proposing new requirements for
future heifers, not looking backward at previously
starting to genotype our heifer calves in
2016, we will then be able to parent verify
THEIR offspring when they calve in 2018. Through
the ensuing years, as our older cows are taken
out of production, the new genotyping proposal
will transition us into a fully parent verified
costs $25 from both of our approved labs (UC
Davis and Texas A&M). Parentage verification
is performed at no additional cost provided
both parents are on record at the same lab.
We already require this for all bulls registered.
The additional genotype is for females. Steers
will not be required to be genotyped
all of you are aware, there are several other
types of genetic testing available. The current
rules regarding these tests remain unchanged.
Please read the enclosed “Proposal for
New Registration Requirements” closely.
We will vote on this at the AGM in Virginia
in June. If you cannot attend, you can still
vote by using the enclosed “Proxy Form”
as described in the question and answer section.
has been a pleasure working and interacting
with members from all of our regions during
this process. For all the time and energy
you have expended to improve our registry
and the American Dexter Cattle Association
always, Celebrate the Diversity of Dexter
Woehl, President, American Dexter Cattle Association
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