DNA TYPING AND PARENTAGE VERIFICATION
Since 1995 it has been a requirement that all new sires and donor cows have a DNA type on file.
DNA typing is being used to verify the parentage of every 500th calf registered.
- Animals to be DNA Typed
1.1 All new unrestricted AI sires must have a DNA type on file. Overseas DNA types are not acceptable due to differences in laboratory techniques.
1.2 All females used as embryo donors must have a DNA type on file.
1.3 Every 500th calf registered will be DNA typed and parent verified at the cost of ALBS.
1.4 From 1st January 2007 it is a requirement that to register or record a calf with ALBS that the sire has a DNA type on file.
1.5 From 1st July 2008 all young sires submitted for DNA typing will be sire verified at the same time as they are DNA typed provided the sire has a DNA type on file.
1.6 Any animal where in the opinion of the Executive Officer in the first instance, or secondly the Board, there is reason to suspect there may be an error in the parentage recorded with the Society. Accordingly the Society reserves the right to request DNA typing for parent verification on any animal falling within its jurisdiction if it is deemed necessary or advisable.
- Failure to Undertake Parent Verification
Where parent verification is requested by ALBS the testing must be carried out within three months of the date of the request and if results are not available to ALBS within six months of the date of the request all registrations and transfers will be suspended for the herd.
- Animal Fails Parent Verification
Where an animal fails the parent verification test the animal will be deregistered unless evidence is furnished in the form of records and a statutory declaration to justify further testing. Additionally the breeder will be required at his cost to test up to five calves randomly selected from those registered by the breeder in the same year. If all five of these calves have their parentage verified no further parent verification will be required. Should one or more of the five fail parent verification, the breeder will be required to test a further five animals registered in that year or in subsequent years. The testing process will continue until a group of five calves are all verified to parentage. Any animal whose parentage has not been established will be deregistered.
Kits and forms can be obtained from the office on request.