Calling for all Spring 2015 Calving Data

Have you tried ASA’s online data entry recently? Reporting/registering cattle on the ASA website has never been easier than it is today. We encourage each member who has internet capability to explore this invaluable resource. If you are new to the website or just need a refresher, go ahead and give us a call and a staff member will gladly guide you through your first entry. Remember, every dam enrolled on your 2015 Spring inventory either needs to have a calf reported or a productivity code (reason why you are not reporting a calf to the dam) to ASA by November 15 to be included in the spring sire summary evaluation or by December 15, 2015 to keep your account in compliance with data reporting requirements.

How to start an Online Job to enter your Spring 2015 Calf Data

Go to Herdbook Services

Select LOGIN from the top right hand corner of your screen

Account # ASA Member Number

Password – *Password assigned by ASA for your member account
*If you have not had a password assigned by ASA you will need to contact our office and ask to speak with someone in member services so they can assign one.

Go to Data Entry, select Online

Make sure Spring is highlighted

Select the button that says Update 2015 – Spring Calves

2015 Spring Calf Data Reporting

Remember, each dam listed on your online spreadsheet will need to have a calf reported or productivity code(reason why she did not calve in given year).

Below are examples of common questions from members when they are reporting their calf data online.

Example (1) – Dam had twins

Since the dam is only pre-loaded in the spreadsheet once, you will need to enter one calf in the row with the dam pre-listed and after the last dam in your spreadsheet, click in that row and hit your enter key, which adds blank rows to the spreadsheet. Click in to the DamRegNbr column and enter the dam’s ASA registration number (placing her in your spreadsheet twice, once for each calf). Then enter your second calf in this row. You will end up with two rows for this dam, one for each calf. Make sure the MBC code is entered correctly to denote twins. Note: each calf must have a different tattoo, you cannot have two calves within your herd identified the same.

Example (2) – Simmental ET calf

When reporting online, the DamRegNbr column (first column of spreadsheet) is where you would enter the Recipient cow (birth dam) ASA number. If the recipient dam is enrolled on your THE inventory, fill in the ET calf information on her line.  If the recipient dam is not enrolled on your THE, leave those columns blank.  To enter the Donor Dam’s information, select the tab at top of the spreadsheet (above the blue column headers) and enter in the Donor Dam’s ASA Registration number in the DonorRegNbr column and hit your enter key. All of the Donor Dam’s information will automatically fill in. Then select your Animal tab to enter the rest of the calf information. You will need to indicate whether the calf was a Frozen Embryo(6) or Fresh Embryo(9) transfer in the MBC column of your spreadsheet. Note: The donor dam will not appear on the Animal tab of your spreadsheet, so once you click back on Animal you will not see her information, rest assured, it is still there.

ET Calf Reporting

Example (3) – Calf was grafted to another dam, how do I report?

Record the calf data to the dam that physically gave birth to the calf, not the foster dam who the calf was grafted on to. The foster dam does not receive credit for raising the grafted calf. To indicate the calf was raised by a foster dam, under the weaning tab in the MC column you will enter a 4, thus ensuring it will not be included in a contemporary group.

Example (4) – Dam left the herd prior to calving(sold, died, disappeared, etc.)

You will need to record a productivity code for this female indicating why you’re not reporting a calf to her for 2015.  The productivity columns are located under the BrthDam tab.  Click on the Productivity column header for a help box that displays the 11 different codes you can choose from.  Next you will need to fill in the productivity year, which in this case is 2015.  By reporting a productivity code, you are informing the database that this dam did not have a calf in the year 2015.  There will not be any calf data information listed under the Animal tab for this female, just a productivity code and year under the BrthDam tab. Note: A productivity code should only be used if there is not any calf data to report for the given year and cannot be used in addition to calf data, it’s either a calf is being reported or a productivity code, not both.

Productivity Reporting

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 406.587.4531 or email


Let’s Get Ready to…ENROLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

It’s that time of year again, Total Herd Enrollment(THE) season is upon us and that means it’s time to enroll your Spring calving females. As of today, October 15, Spring 2016 THE enrollment is now OPEN.  Any females that will be calving January 1 to June 30, you will have until December 15, 2015, to enroll on 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 today and submit it before the deadline. Our 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 or call our office at 406.587.4531.

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THE – Should Donors and Recipient Dams be Enrolled?

The whole premise of Total Herd Enrollment(THE) revolves around EVERY dam that is managed on your farm/ranch needs to be enrolled on inventory. This includes donor dams and recipient females IF you are managing them within your herd. Submitting calving data on all cows within a herd each year allows analysts to be close on such traits as fertility and heifer pregnancy.

Donor Dams If the donor is enrolled, her natural calf from the calendar year can be registered at *THE rates.

Recipient DamsIf the recipient dam is enrolled, and THE fees paid, the calf she has(whether ET or natural), can be registered at *THE rates.

Embryo Transfer(ET) Calves – If the recipient dam was not enrolled and paid for on a THE inventory, you pay per ET calf registered based off how the majority of your herd is enrolled in THE, i.e., if your herd is enrolled as Option A, you will be charged $15.00/ET calf registered.

*THE rates for calf registration are as follows: Option A – Free of Charge, Option B and Option C – $30.00 for calves under 10 months of age, $40.00 for calves between 10-15 months and $50.00 for calves over 15 months of age.


Q : If my donor dam is deceased, do I remove her from inventory? What if I still have frozen embryos in the tank?

A : Once a female dies or leaves the herd, including donor dams, you assign them a removal code and they will be taken off your active inventory list. When you report/register the frozen embryo calves, the system will allow you to do so and bill a registration fee per ET calf based off how your herd is enrolled.

Q : Why should I enroll a recipient dam?

A : ASA does not require the recipient dam to be enrolled in order for an ET calf to be registered. If the recipient female will continue to be managed within your herd, whether she has a natural calf/ET calf year to year, she should be enrolled.

Q : What if I’m contracting with a cooperator herd, how do I list the recipient dam information on the calf registration form?

A : You will not enroll the recipient dam on your THE inventory since it is not a female you manage within your own herd. When you report/register the ET calf, the recipient dam information will be left blank and you will list the donor dam and sire. A registration fee will be accessed for the registration on the ET calf based off how your herd is enrolled.

If you have further questions please email or call our office at 406.587.4531.