How to Submit Registrations at Holstein Canada
There are 4 easy ways to register an animal:
- Online: Sign-up for a
Holstein Canada account and submit an e-registration.
- Electronic Registration Application (ERA): Use your
existing records prepared from your on-farm software to register
Helpful how-to guides available:
GEA DairyPlan C21
- Accredited Filing Business: Submit registrations through
CanWest DHI and Valacta who offer these services to submit registrations
on your behalf. If you are submitting your registrations electronically
online, ERA or through an accredited filing business, you will require an
electronic registration filing agreement (ERFA).
- Hardcopy:You can mail or fax hardcopy register forms to
Holstein Canada. Need more hardcopy registration forms?
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What information do you need to register an animal? Here are 4 quick steps
- Step 1: Record the following pieces of information on the
- service date and animal serviced
- sire ID in herd breeding records.
*Review the Record-Keeping guidelines to ensure you keep
- Date of birth, sex, and birth type (ie.twinning and colour)
- Step 2: Tag newborn calves with approved dairy tags
(DairyTrace/Attestra) tags upon birth of animal.
- Step 3: Submit your application for registry by one of
the above 4 ways.
- Step 4: Verify accuracy of birth information with herd
records upon receipt of Certificate of Registry
Registration by Source
Additional Registration Information:
Adding a Photo or Sketch
During the registration process, you have the option of adding a photo or
sketch of your Holstein animal. The photo or sketch will be added to the
Certificate of Registry of your Holstein animal.
Please note that a $2 administrative fee will be charged for adding a photo
or sketch after the registration has been processed.
Requirements for Submitting Photo or Sketch with Electronic Registration
If you would like to submit an image with an animal registration, the image
file should satisfy the specifications listed below. Images will be saved on
Holstein Association of Canada’s database and automatically resized to fit
the designated print area on the certificate of registry.
- Only one image file can be submitted for each application.
- The image can be a scanned picture or sketch or a picture taken by a
- Take digital pictures at draft or low quality.
- Scan photos and sketches at less than 100 dpi (dots per inch).
- The image should be a minimum of 5 x 5 cm OR 200 x 200 pixels OR 2 x 2 in.
- If the image file includes photo or sketch of both sides of the animal,
the minimum image size becomes 5 x 10 cm OR 200 x 400 pixel OR 2 x 4in.
Note: Must be submitted as one image file.
- The size of the image file should be less than 20MB. Reducing the file
size to less than 5MB will decrease the probability of a time-out error
during transmission via the web.
- Each animal's image must be saved as a separate file. The image file name
must be unique within the ERA file. Naming the image file the same as the
tag number is recommended (ie. 8123456.jpg).
- The image file must be saved as .jpg format.
- Location: Breeders are encouraged to routinely use a
designated location specifically set up for photographing animals. To
avoid shadows or glare, the light source should be in back of the
- Animal ID: Inclusion of the calf number in photograph is
ideal and prevents mix-ups.
- Background: The animal should be photographed in front of
contrasting absorbent background. Four straw bales (2 on edge side, and 2
high) or a clean sheet of natural plywood provide an ideal contrasting
- Photographer: The photographer should be positioned 3-5
meters from the animal in order to obtain photographs of calves with