In 2016, Holstein Canada registered 286, 005 animals in Canada.
Over 60% of Canadian dairy cattle are registered, and the number is accelerating with the advent of user-friendly, electronic registration services. Holstein Canada registers approximately 280,000 animals annually. More than 70% of animals are registered electronically. Equivalent purity designations are assigned to animals according to the Association's By-laws, Herdbook regulations, and government legislation.
Registration Provides Many Benefits
- 1. Marketability. Selling an animal with proper identification and pedigree information gives buyers more confidence and increases the value of the animal. Registered animals appeal to a wider range of buyers including potential export opportunities.
- 2. Faster Genetic Progress. In this competitive market, information is required to effectively manage modern dairy operations. Full pedigree data, known birthdates, and herd genetic reports assist in management and breeding decisions leading to enhanced profit.
- 3. Traceability and Age Verification. Holstein Canada submits animal identification numbers and birth date information to the national repositories, Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) and Agri-Traçabilité Québec Inc (ATQ).
- 4. Identification Standards. Holstein Canada's registration process meets all animal identification standards as set out by the Canadian Quality Milk (CQM) on-farm food safety program.
- 5. Herdbook Integrity. The information contained in the Holstein herdbook is verified and trusted. This is an important advantage and valued by purchasers of Canadian Holstein genetics.
- 6. Cost-Effectiveness. The cost to register an animal is quite low relative to the value and return on investment over the lifetime of the animal.
- 7. Manage Inbreeding Levels. Generally speaking, inbreeding is undesirable as it reduces genetic variation and results in decreased performance. Registration provides the best option to manage inbreeding. Studies have indicated that increased inbreeding has a negative impact on milk production and productive life.
- 8. Easy and Convenient Ways to Register. Holstein Canada offers 4 easy and efficient ways to register an animal in Canada. Members can submit animal registrations on the internet via their online account; through electronic registration application (ERA) through on-farm software; via an accredited filing business such as CanWest DHI or Valacta; or by submitting registrations hardcopy through mail and/or fax.