For newcomers, the registration form can be difficult to undertand.
We hope these explanations make filling out that form easier.

A “TRANSFER” can be from one owner to another, or from one registry to another

TATOO” The PDCA Rules and Regulations states:

2. Registration Procedures

(c) It is recommended that animals be identified with tattoo markings in the right or left ear and this marking must be noted on the application form.  The recommendation is that the tattoo include a letter standing for the first letter in the farm name where the cow was bred, a number representing the number of the birth for that year by the breeder, and a letter representing the PDCA year.  The PDCA recognizes other means of identification such as branding and permanent ear tag and these must be noted on the application form.  The tattoo should be specific to one animal and not duplicated for other animals in the herd.

BREEDER” means the person who owns the cow at time of breeding

HERD PREFIX” is the name or acronym that a persons/farm/ranch choose to identify that they are the breeder of an animal. Many animals could have the same name, so the prefix distiguishes which is which. A prefix is not mandatory, since every animal has a distinguishing number, but a prefix is very handy when looking up an animal or a breeder in the pedigree search site. Examples from the PDCA registry for animal named “Jewel”: Prefix in bold letters

J2 Crown Jewel
Rocky Hill’s Jewel
Ida-J-Mar Jewel
TLC Midnights Jewel

BREEDER’S herd prefix” is the one the calf is supposed to carry.  (The cow is sometimes owned by someone else when the calf is born, but the calf is credited to the breeder who planned the mating.)

If a calf is a product of AI (or embryo transfer, less commonly), the person (breeder) supervising the AI needs to download a form and have the AI tech sign and date it, (and also keep the empty straw in a file folder in case some question arises) and send in that form when the calf is registered.

Select  one of these definitions when registering a calf :
POLLED” Polled cattle are genetically hornless.  Scurs (smaller, usually wigglable hornlike buds, or just horny scabs in the spot where horns would be) may be present on polled cattle.

HORNED” cattle are genetically horned, even if they have had a surgical, mechanical, or chemical alteration which renders them “dehorned” and thus hornless.  They may show some horny growth even after dehorning, which may be designated horn “stubs” or “remnants.”

CERTIFIED REGISTRATION” is an optional upgrade to standard registration. An animal is registered as “Certified” when DNA testing is provided that proves:

  1. Parentage
  2. Chondro status
  3. PHA status

DNA testing can be useful for other traits such as polled, color, and milk traits.
“Certified Registration” is required for AI bulls for semen to be listed for sale on the PDCA website.

Suggested DNA testing laboratories