THE – There are 3 Options to Choose From

Did you know that there are three Options currently 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.

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 three 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.

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.

If you have not watched the THE – It’s as Easy as 1-2-3 webinar it might be a great idea before you enroll your dams this year. If you have questions or wish to discuss your specific herd goals please call ASA at 406.587.4531 or email the@simmgene.com.

 

 

DNA – Changes You Need to Know About

Busy season is upon us and there are a few updates and changes the lab has made to their sample processing which in turn has led ASA to make a few modifications of our own.

DNA Kits

  • The lab has asked all breed associations to switch from hair collector cards to blood blotter cards.  The primary reason for the switch is the lab is currently working on streamlining and making their sample processing more efficient.  The ultimate goal is to decrease the turn around time for reporting of results.
  • The only times you cannot use a blood blotter card is if the animal is a twin since the twins could have shared the same blood source in utero and if you wish to run BVD-PI testing on the animal.  BVD-PI requires a hair or tissue sample submission on the animal.
  • When collecting the blood samples, please fill the black circle on the card completely. The instructions on the back of the card say 1-3 drops but we are discovering there are different needle sizes being used so consequently the size of the blood drops vary as well. Just keep in mind to fill the circle completely without saturating through the card.

Samples Entering in to Test at the Lab

  • ASA has moved from a once a week processing system to samples entering testing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  If your sample arrives before 11am CST at the lab on a Wednesday/Friday it will go in to test the same day.  Monday’s are a bit more difficult since mail delivery is usually delayed so sample may not enter in to test until Wednesday.

Parentage Reporting

  • Currently, ASA only receives one parentage report per week and it arrives via email on late Thursday/Friday mornings.  We are working with the lab on moving to a real-time update, ideally as soon as the sample completes processing, the results will be reported/uploaded. Our hope is this will be up and running within the next month or so.

If you have any questions about the above changes/updates please email dna@simmgene.com or call our office and we will be happy to discuss in further detail.

 

What Day is it? THE Enrollment Day!

Spring 2015 THE

Deadline to Enroll is December 15, 2014

It’s not only Wednesday, it just happens to be October 15th which means Spring 2015 THE enrollment is now OPEN.  You have until December 15, to submit your inventory and take advantage of the lowest enrollment fees possible.  If you submit an enrollment today, you are able to adjust your inventory online up until December 15 as many times as you wish.  There’s really no reason not to go ahead, fill out an inventory, submit it before the deadline and be done with it. The motto is, don’t delay, enroll today! To download step-by-step enrollment instructions click here. For a refresher on the three enrollment Options offered, watch a short 15 minute webinar session titled THE, it’s as Easy as 1-2-3. If you have specific enrollment questions or need assistance cleaning up errors in your job please email the@simmgene.com or call our office at 406.587.4531.

When Does ASA Require DNA Testing?

Question – When does ASA require DNA testing on an animal?

Simmental/Simbrah/SimAngus/SimGenetics Animals

1) If you are collecting a bull and using him as an AI sire, yes, even if it’s just for “in herd use only”, he has to be AI approved with ASA. Contact ASA with the sire’s registration number to request a DNA kit.

a. If sire contains at least an 1/8 of a another breed please read below under Genetic Defect Testing Requirements.

2) If you flush a dam, she will need to be approved with ASA as a Donor Dam.  Contact ASA with the dam’s registration number to request a DNA kit.

a. If donor dam contains at least an 1/8 of a another breed please read below under Genetic Defect Testing Requirements.

3) If you purchase an Embryo or a recipient dam carrying an embryo, and are not associated with the owner of the Donor Dam at the time she was flushed, you MUST parent verify your ET calf to both sire and dam prior to submitting a registration request. Contact ASA with the calf tattoo, sex, sire and dam’s registration numbers to request a DNA kit.

a. If sire/donor dam is at least an 1/8 of a another breed please read below under Genetic Defect Testing Requirements.

Foundation Sires and Donor Dams(animals registered with ASA from their other breed certificate)

1) To qualify as an AI sire, the bull must meet the following requirements:

a. If the bull was DNA parentage typed prior to May 1, 2012, he is grandfathered in from ASA’s genomic requirement.  The sire’s DNA parentage SNPs or STRs will need to be forwarded from the respective breed association along with the date the DNA was completed. Once ASA has this information he can be approved for AI use.
b. If the bull was DNA typed after May 1, 2012, in addition to parentage, he needs to have a High Density genomic panel on file.  The sire’s DNA parentage SNPs or STRs will need to be forwarded from his respective breed association along with verification that a High Density(50K or equivalent) genomic panel has been completed.

2) To qualify as an Donor Dam, the dam must meet the following requirements:

a. If the dam was DNA parentage typed prior to May 1, 2012, she is grandfathered in from ASA’s genomic requirement.  The dam’s DNA parentage SNPs or STRs will need to be forwarded from the respective breed association along with the date the DNA was completed. Once ASA has this information she can be approved as a Donor Dam.
b. If the dam was DNA typed after May 1, 2012, in addition to parentage, she needs to have a High Density genomic panel on file.  The dam’s DNA parentage SNPs or STRs will need to be forwarded from her respective breed association along with verification that a High Density(50K or equivalent) genomic panel has been completed.

Genetic Defect Testing Requirements

All sires and Donors Dams identified with a carrier in their lineage (CL, DL) or who come from a risk population (PR) for specified genetic defects MUST be tested for that defect before registration certificates and EPDs are available on new progeny. Please visit the TraitTrac Guide post to learn more about how to check an animal’s defect status.

To recap the above information, you need to submit a DNA sample on AI sires, Donor Dams and ET calves(if you did not own the dam at the time she was flushed) for necessary testing in order to meet ASA requirements. To learn more about how to verify whether an animal is approved for use as an AI sire/Donor Dam, click here.

If you have specific questions or concerns please email dna@simmgene.com or call our office at 406.587.4531.