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(a) Active Membership ($100): An active member shall be a person, partnershp, corporation, firm, trust or estate of reputable character who has paid such membership dues and any other membership fees as may be established by the Board of Directors.
(B) InActive Member: An inactive member shall be a person, partnershp, corporation, firm, trust or estate of reputable character who has paid all lifetime dues but has not paid annual activity fees. Inactive members may be denied any association services and may be denied the right to participate in association sponsored events, but shall not be denied the right to transfer cattle. The Board of Directors shall be empowered to establish higher transfer fees for inactive members.
(c) Designated Representative: Partnership, corporation or estate upon becoming active members or associate members shall promptly notify the Secretary of the Association in writing, the name of the person authorized to represent their respective organization, and such designated person shall have rights privileges and consideration of an individual member of the respective membership class.
(d) Membership name limited to 30 characters.
(E) Junior AssociatioN: The association allows members of the American Junior Brahman Association the privilege to register and transfer cattle at active member rates and these privileges will remain in effect until the minor reaches the age of twenty one (21) years, at such time, the individual shall apply for active membership in the association to continue to receive membership privileges.
(F) Methods of Approval: Application for membership shall be in writing on forms designated for such purpose and furnished by the Recording Secretary of the association. For favorable consideration, an applicant must be of good character and in the opinion of the Board of Directors, be a prospective bonafide breeder. Members shall be admitted by a majority vote of the directors present at any regular or special meeting of the Board of Directors. If an application should be rejected by the Board of Directors, the applicant may submit his application at the next annual membership meeting of the association, where such application shall be approved or rejected by the members present and voting.
Active members are entitled to register and transfer Brahman cattle at reduced rates compared to non-members. Members, through their Board of Directors and participation in the Annual Meeting, control the association. The Annual Meeting, at which members elect their Board of Directors, is held each year during the International Show in Houston, Texas.
A member may transfer his membership to an active Brahman breeder only if he sells to the new owner of the cattle the ranch (or membership) name and said name will continue to be used to register and transfer cattle, and further provided that said member makes an affidavit that he has retired from his business of breeding Brahmans. If a partnership shall dissolve, any partner shall be entitled to membership upon the payment of membership fee. The partnership membership may be transferred to any partner, and in case of dissolution of the partnership by death, the partnership membership may be transferred to the surviving partner or heirs of the deceased upon presentation of acceptable evidence that such a transfer can be made. The administrator or executor of an estate of a member may register animals at membership rates.
ABBA Members who have paid their Activity Fee for the year will be considered an active member and pay active member rates for registrations and transfers. Members who have not paid their Activity Fee for the year will be considered non active member and will pay non active member rates for registrations and transfers. Fees are as follows:
There are two options for registering cattle. The first option is physical registration. Physical registration is the traditional choice, which includes physically recording information and sending registration forms to the ABBA office via conventional mail to be processed.
The second, newer option is online registration. This tool allows you to update your herd inventory, record and register calves and submit weaning and yearling data online. In order to become an online registry user, fill out the Online Registry Application, return it to the ABBA office, and you’ll receive instructions via email on how to use the online registry tools.
Continue reading for details on how to complete registrations.
Each breeder shall keep an individual private herd book, in which the individual animal identification numbers of each animal and such other information concerning ancestry and breeding shall be tabulated. This information should make clear and positive at all times the parentage of an animal offered for registration in the association Herd Register. Individual animal identification numbers shall be given all calves before they are weaned, which must be branded upon the body. (Supporting numbers tattooed in the ears are very desirable.)
To be eligible for entry in the American Brahman Herd Register, an animal must be the offspring of a Brahman bull and a Brahman cow, both of which have been previously registered or recorded by the association.
Bos indicus animals may be registered on proof of their purity of descent and in conformity with the rules set forth by the Board of Directors. (See Rules III, Section 1.)
Application for Registration must be made on regular blanks which are supplied by the association or can be downloaded below. Up to five calves from the same membership name may be submitted for registration on one application sheet. See the below link for an example.
Colors and color markings:
If a person who applies for registration of a calf is not the owner of its sire at the time that the dam was bred to produce said calf, and if this information was not recorded on the transfer of a pregnant dam, the person must secure the signature of the recorded owner of the sire (this applies only to natural service “out of herd”). The breeding certificate provides space for the use of two (2) service sires not owned by the registering breeder. ALL INFORMATION ON THE BREEDING CERTIFICATE MUST BE COMPLETED IN FULL BEFORE RESULTING OFFSPRING(S) CAN BE REGISTERED.
Agreement for Lease or Loan of Animal
If an animal is on lease or loan to the person making the application for registration, and if properly executed Certificate of Lease or Loan of subject animal has been filed with the ABBA office by the owner, then the signature of the owner is not required on the application.
30 Day Rule between Breeding Dates
Cows bred or pasture exposed to one bull must not be turned in a pasture with another bull in less than 30 days. In cases where this rule is not strictly followed, calves may be declared ineligible for registration, if dates of birth involve a question as to the sire.
Running more than one bull with registered cows - PROHIBITED
The American Brahman Breeders Association specifically prohibits any breeder permitting two or more Brahman bulls of breeding age running with registered Brahman cows at the same time whose offspring the breeder intends to, or attempts to register. No calf is eligible for registration which is begotten by pasture breeding in violation of this rule.
Whenever it is established by evidence satisfactory to the Board of Directors that a member or non-member has knowingly and willfully violated this rule, he may be disciplined, suspended or expelled and denied any or all privileges of the association. The Board of Directors may require verification of parentage of such offspring via DNA at the expense of the current owner.
Any Brahman bull which has passed the usual maximum weaning age should be considered capable of siring calves and therefore not permitted to run with registered cows.
If semen from more than one sire is mixed for a single flush, all sires and the dam MUST be DNA TYPED prior to the procedure. All offspring resulting from this mating must also be DNA TYPED to verify parentage.
In case of the disappearance or of the persistent neglect or unreasonable refusal of the owner of the sire or of the breeder of an animal to sign an application for registration, upon satisfactory evidence being submitted to the Board of Directors, they may, in their discretion, instruct the Recording Secretary to register the animal without the signature of the owner of the sire or of the breeder, or of both. (See ByLaws, Article IV, Section 1.)
A heifer calf born twin with a bull is called a “freemartin” and the chances are only 1 in 10 that she will prove fertile. As a result of this condition, registration of a heifer born twin to a bull, is delayed until such time as she may prove to be fertile. The breeding ability of the bull calf in such cases is not affected.
When applying for registration of twins or one member of twins, the word “twin” must be written in on the application following the animal’s name, and the sex of the other twin must be given. Unless this is done, no subsequent application for registration of the other twin will be accepted. Even if one twin dies, or is not registered, the above information should be supplied for the association records. If both are to be registered, an application must be submitted on each animal.
Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer
Animals resulting from artificial insemination or embryo transfer shall be eligible for registration in the Herd Register provided the artificial insemination or embryo transfer complies with the rules set forth by the Board of Directors. Any bull being collected for use in an A.I. program or cow being used as a donor dam in an embryo program MUST BY BLOOD TYPED or DNA VERIFIED before any resulting progeny will be eligible for registration. Before breeding a registered Brahman cow by A.I. or utilizing embryo transfer, we suggest the breeder request a free copy of the complete rules, A.I. AND EMBRYO TRANSFER IN BRAHMAN CATTLE, from the association office. You may also request DNA Parentage Verification Test Forms from the ABBA office.
The following requirements apply to registering calves resulting from cell-cloned transplants.
The registering breeder must be a member of the American Brahman Breeders Association. Only replication cell-cloned animals shall be eligible for registration. Genetically modified animals shall not be eligible for registrations.
The cell-donor animal must be DNA Marker typed. DNA Marker typing of the cell-cloned animal, or recipient dams, may be required by the Association.
The breeder of the cell-donor animal must be identified as the breeder of the cell-cloned offspring. The owner of record of the cell-donor, on the date of biopsy removal, will be identified as the first owner, unless the calf is a result of a pregnant recipient, purchased embryo, fresh or frozen, in which case the purchaser may be identified as the first owner. Calves conceived after death of cell-donor animals, shall be eligible for registration under the same conditions and provisions governing the eligibility of calves prior to the death of said animal.
Registration of cell-cloned transplants shall be made on a special form, provided by the association, at the regular fee, plus an additional fee as determined by the Board of Directors. Registration certificates issued for cell-cloned transplants shall be so designated. The registration number of the animal that is being cell cloned, shall also be stated on the certificate of registration.
Nothing set forth herein should be construed as an indication that the association takes any position as to the ownership rights, if any, of retained cell material. That is a separate matter reserved for discussion or negotiation between the buyer and seller.
If the Application for Registration fulfills all requirements and is found to be in agreement with association records, a Certificate of Registration is issued.
The registering breeder will receive the registration certification along with a copy*.
The original certificate should be kept in a safe place by the recorded owner. If an animal is sold, the original certificate should be turned over and the application for transfer should be completed and sent in to the association with the appropriate fees for transfer to the new owner. The new owner will receive a new registration certificate with his name listed as the present owner.
*The copy of a certificate is an added service from the association to the breeder as a worksheet for the breeder’s use. The backside (reverse) of the carbon copy provides the breeder with a produce record form to keep information on that individual.
A duplicate certificate of registration shall be issued only upon payment of a fee and sworn statement to the Recording Secretary from the then recognized owner of the animal, that such certificate has been lost or destroyed. The Duplicate Certificate Affidavit must be submitted to secure duplicate certificates. DUPLICATES ALWAYS SUPERSEDE THE ORIGINAL. Thus, if an original certificate is found after a duplicate has been issued, the original must be sent to the association for cancellation.
When new certificates are received from the association, they should be immediately checked to determine if correct. If an error is discovered or change on a certificate is found necessary, it should be returned to the association office for correction.
Circle the incorrect information on the original registration certificate and write the corrected information as close to the mistake as possible, or paper clip a note to the original certificate detailing the corrections to be made.
Errors made by the association office will be corrected free of charge. Errors made by breeders or owners will be subject to a correction fee.
Any writing or alteration on a certificate not sent to the association office for correction will void it, and necessitate issuance of a duplicate at the usual fee.
An ownership brand is a symbol, letter, combination of letters and/or symbols, numerals, replica of some object, etc. which is burned with a hot iron into the hide of an animal. The purpose of such a brand is to denote ownership or breeder.
In the case of commercial cattle, a brand is usually applied to denote ownership; however, in the case of registered Brahman cattle, it is a requirement for registration and is a means of identification.
ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (PRIVATE HERD NUMBER)
The Animal Identification Number (more commonly referred to as the PRIVATE HERD NUMBER, PH NUMBER) is a number or combination of numbers which the breeder assigns to each animal in his herd for purposes of registration. Like the holding brand, this number must be branded with a hot iron upon the hide of every registered animal. The Private Herd Number serves the same purpose for individual identification as numbers tattooed in the ears of several other breeds.
Many Brahman breeders assign herd numbers to a calf soon after birth and tattoo this number in one or both of the ears at a very young age. The calves are then branded both the holding brand and the private herd number at or near weaning time in order that they may be registered.
It is suggested that a new breeder begin his private herd numbers with the number 1, proceeding upward in regular order to 999. Some breeders prefer to number (brand) all calves consecutively, regardless of sex, not having any two animals numbered alike. Others prefer to number bull calves consecutively and heifer calves consecutively, having the same numbers on different sexes. Both systems are acceptable, but it is recommended that once a plan is started, it should be followed consistently.
BRAND BEFORE APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION
All animals entered in the Herd Register of the American Brahman Breeders Association shall have an ownership brand and a private number branded in a visible spot on the animal. These brands must be on the subject animal prior to the time that application for registration is submitted to the association. Should a member make application for registration of an animal and give the ownership brand and private herd number as above described and said animal is not so branded, the Recording Secretary is instructed to submit the registration certificate of said animal to the Board of Directors for the appropriate action. If the Board of Directors so determines, neither subject animal nor its offspring shall ever be eligible for registration in the Association.
An ownership brand and private herd number (animal identification number) are required on calf before it may be registered. Fire branding is the only acceptable method. The ownership brand of the first owner is used to fulfill this registration requirement.
However, where a very young calf is sold before being branded and registered, it must have an identifying number tattooed in its ear, However, before being registered, the ownership brand of the first owner or the ownership brand of the present owner, as well as the private herd number, must be branded on the animal to meet this identification requirement.
ACCURATE FACSIMILE OF OWNERSHIP BRAND ON APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION
Members should submit a drawing of their brand to the ABBA office. This brand will be linked to the member account and will be printed on registration certificates. THE ASSOCIATION DOES NOT ASSIGN BRANDS TO THE BREEDERS. BREEDERS SHOULD CONTACT THEIR COUNTY GOVERNMENT OR STATE BRAND INSPECTORS TO REGISTER THEIR BRANDS.
REGISTRATION NUMBER IMPORTANT WHEN REQUESTING INFORMATION ON ANIMAL
When referring to or requesting information on a registered animal, always give the registration number (ABBA number on the Certificate of Registration). Every breeder or owner of registered cattle should keep permanent herd records, identifying all animals bred or owned, by name, registration number, ownership brand and private herd number.
THE ASSOCIATION OFFICE CANNOT IDENTIFY AN ANIMAL FROM THE PRIVATE HERD NUMBER ALONE.
If the registration number (ABBA number) cannot be supplied, then give all descriptive information available. When necessary, the association may assist in identifying an animal if the following information is supplied:
Ownership brands are not indexed and can only be located through the owner’s names. The breeder and/or owner’s name should be provided. The association office cannot always match ownership brands with owners.
A basic description of color is required on every Certificate of Registration issued by the association. This color description must be supplied by the person applying for the registration of the subject animal. Therefore, every owner of registered Brahmans should familiarize himself with the appropriate descriptive terms of the most common coat colors.
Grey, one of the common colors of the breed, can occur in a variety of ways. There are shades of light, medium and dark grey. Some animals are predominately grey with an occasional red or brown spot on the body. An animal is still listed as grey if it has white spots (most often found in the forehead or on the dewlap, but may occur elsewhere).
Red, as listed on the application for registration, is used to include animals that are light, medium or dark solid red. Black is used to describe animals that are solid black or predominately black. Speckled, on the application for registration, refers to animals that are either red and white speckled or black and white speckled.
Remember, any animal exhibiting color disqualification is not eligible for registration (See disqualifications.)
RED CALVES AT BIRTH OFTEN TURN GReY
When applying very young calves for registration, remember that coat colors usually change with the advance of age. Of particular interest and importance is the fact that medium to light red calves born of grey (particularly dark grey) parents nearly always change to a shade of grey before reaching a year of age. Such animals may show a trace of red or brown in the coat color at maturity; however, the final color is frequently a clear grey, from medium to dark in hue.
Transfer of Ownership
Every change in ownership must be promptly recorded with the American Brahman Breeders Association, in order that progeny of the animal may be registered and subsequent changes in ownership are recorded. Open transfers are condemned and considered a poor practice. The association looks to the seller to promptly complete transfers in every detail, and send them to the office immediately after the sale transaction is completed. See below for a transfer form.
In the case that partners of a partnership desire to change ownership of their animals from one partner to the other, they may do so by paying $5.00 for each animal. In the case that partnerships are formed, animals may be transferred from the original owner to the new firm at $5.00 each. The legal time limit for settling or closing of the business of an estate will be recognized by the association.
In the case of transfers of animals owned by a partnership, transfers will be made upon submission to the association of transfers duly executed by all persons interested in the partnership. The association nevertheless reserves the right to require other and further evidence with reference to any such transfer.
Any member of the association who sells a Brahman animal(s) and represents them to be registered or eligible for registration in the Herd Register of the American Brahman Breeders Association, and who refuse to furnish a bona fide registration certificate and proper transfer to purchaser within ninety days after sale and within thirty days after being notified in writing by the president of the association, shall automatically be suspended from membership in the association.
In case of the disappearance or the persistent neglect or unreasonable refusal of the seller to give a certificate of transfer of ownership, the record of such transfer may be made by the Recording Secretary upon approval of the Board of Directors on satisfactory evidence of the sale and delivery of the animal.
The Register of Renown program was designed to recognize the sires and dams of show ring winners at ABBA approved shows. To obtain the status of Register of Renown, a cow must gain a minimum of 40 points earned by two or more of her produce. Bulls must gain 150 points earned by 5 or more of his get. In order to accumulate Register of Renown points for either the sire or dam, all winning animals must be recorded in the records of the American Brahman Breeders Association prior to the time of showing. Points may also be gained when a get-of-sire or produce-of-dam are exhibited by one or more owners.
To be enrolled in the Brahman Register of Renown, a bull must gain a minimum of 150 points earned by five (5) or more of his get, with at least one (1) point for each of the get in individual competition. A female must gain a minimum of 40 points earned by two (2) or more of her produce, with at least one (1) point for each of two (2) produce in individual competition.
Register of Renown points are accumlulated beginning January 1 through December 31 of each year.
Points shall be awarded on the following basis:
The senior, reserve senior, junior, reserve junior, intermediate, reserve intermediate, calf and reserve calf champion of each sex division shall receive at least as many points as any individual in the respective senior, junior, intermediate or calf segment of their sex division. The grand and reserve grand champion of each sex division shall receive at least as many points as any individual in their sex division. If necessary, points will be added to the points a champion won in its individual class to give it this subtotal.
In addition, the champion of each sex division shall receive points above and beyond those already described on the following basis:
Get of Sire Class
A sire shall be given points for winners in this class on the following basis:
First place shall receive one point for each entry shown in the class; second place one point less; third placed one point less than second place; and so on until the last place entry receives one point.
Produce of Dam Class (Both Natural and Embryo)
A dam shall be given points for winners in this class on the following basis:
First place shall receive one point for each entry shown in the class; second place one point less; third place one point less than second; and so on until the last place entry receives one point.
The following is an archived list of Register of Renown recipients:
Engineered by the ABBA Research and Breed Improvement Committee, the Maternal Merit Award identifies superior cows based on their performance in the Brahman Herd Improvement Records Program. This award identifies females that have an early onset of puberty, a regular calving interval and consistently produce offspring that perform above average.
Maternal Merit Requirements
There are two levels of excellence for the Maternal Merit Award, which awards cows for having even higher levels of efficiency in production. A cow meeting all of the above criteria is considered an Elite Maternal Merit Cow. A cow that has reached all of the above criteria yet has exceeded the requirements for number of calves (having produced 4, rather than 3, calves with performance records) and MPPA (105 or higher), is named a Supreme Maternal Merit Cow.
The following is an archived list of Maternal Merit Cows:
The Maternal Performance Sire program recognizes the sires that have produced Maternal Merit Cows.
There are two levels of excellence associated with the Maternal Performance Sire Award. Bulls who have produced three (3) to five (5) Maternal Merit Cows receive Silver recognition. Bulls who have produced more than six (6) Maternal Merit Cows receive Gold recognition.
The following is an archived list of Maternal Performance Sires:
The show bull/show cow of the year program was started by the ABBA in 1999 to recognize those individuals who excel in ABBA Approved Shows. The winners of these awards have accumulated the most show points in their respective divisions from July 1 to June 31 of the following year. Not only have these individuals placed at the top of numerous shows throughout the year, but have also represented the ABBA and the Brahman breed at many events across the country. The ABBA Show Animal of the Year honor is awarded to an outstanding individual in each of the following categories: Red Bull, Red Female, Grey Bull and Grey Female.
The following is an archived list of Show Animals of the Year from 1999 - 2011:
The HK Memorial Trophy is presented each year in memory of Mr. Henry Clay Koontz. This award was first presented in 1986 after the tragic death of Mr. Koontz who was a long time breeder and promoter of Brahman cattle. The trophy is a bronze casting of the National Champion Bull, HK Mr. America 61/9, better known as Millionaire. This bull had one of the biggest impacts on the Brahman breed of any bull in history. Each year this award is presented to the ranch or individual who accumulates the most points at the previous year's International Brahman Show.
Letter from Mrs. Mary Sue Koontz NElson
The Henry Clay Koontz Memorial Trophy has been presented annually to the Brahman breeder with the highest earned points in the Show Ring at the International Show. This bronze sculpture has become a coveted award, as it recognizes the dedication of those Brahman exhibitors who continually promote our breed through this highly competitive process.
Now, after over twenty years, we have decided to give this trophy to the American Brahman Breeders Association with deep affection and many memories. It is our hope that you will continue this annual tradition for us.
The trophy, which is a bronze sculpture of our herd sire, The HK Millionaire 61/9, is by the famed artist, Sonny Timme. It was created from his sketches and molds made of The HK Millionaire on site in 1985. There were only five replicas of this bronze fired before the mold was destroyed. It is a bronze replica of a National Champion that, in many ways, changed the breed.
For our family, the purpose of the trophy was twofold: to honor a man who cared deeply for his Brahman cattle, and to honor those association members who have taken the breed to the forefront by means of the show string. No one is more aware than I am of the time, the expense and the energy it takes to develop a champion!
I thank you for the privilege bestowed on me and my family in allowing us to honor a most beloved man with this tribute … as well as honoring those who have followed so closely in his footsteps. Please accept this trophy with our blessings.
HK Trophy Point Tabluation
HK Trophy recipients
The following is an archived list of HK Memorial Trophy recipients from 1986 - 2011:
Use the following link to view and print a detailed BHIR manual. The information provided in the BHIR and Performance section of the Member Center can be printed off from the link below.
The Brahman Herd Improvement Records – BHIR – Program has been specifically designed for Brahman cattle and is a systematic method for identifying the genetically superior individuals in a breeding herd. The program provides a comprehensive profile of your herd through data you and other breeders across the country submit. BHIR is a valuable tool and should guide the progressive cattleman in decisions on management, culling and selection of seedstock by identifying those animals that excel in the following traits of economic importance: REPRODUCTIVE EFFICENTCY; GROWTH RATE; MOTHERING ABILITY; LONGEVITY; CONFORMATION; DISPOSITION.
A sincere effort has been made to design BHIR to enable Brahman breeders to maintain a complete set of records of performance and production with minimum effort and maximum simplicity.
The first step toward BHIR participation is the accurate recording of the birth and subsequent growth of all calves born in a herd. Only after birth dates (and birth weights, if possible), weaning weights and weaning date have been recorded for a group of calves can they be enrolled in BHIR. All of this information is submitted on the Application for Registration and BHIR Enrollment form.
WHICH CALVES SHOULD BE REPORTED?
The BHIR Program will enroll any Brahman calf regardless of quality. In fact, an accurate evaluation of a calf’s genetic superiority (or inferiority) cannot be made unless it is compared to all of the other calves which were raised in the same environment. Therefore, reporting the calves which are not good enough to register makes the good calves look even better.
It is also important to report the births of calves which are born dead or die at a later time. This insures that a cow is given credit for calving that year and keeps her calving interval current.
Only performance records between contemporary animals can be used for accurately making valid genetic comparisons. The proper identification of contemporary groups plays a vital role in herd improvement.
Calves which belong in different contemporary groups but are submitted at the same time should be grouped separately and clearly marked as being in different groups. It is helpful, but not necessary, to separate bulls and heifers on the application.
To improve the accuracy of ratios, a contemporary group must contain at least two calves of the same sex and management group. A calf does not count toward the two if it was not between 120 and 300 days old when weighed.
The Application for Registration and BHIR Enrollment serves two important but separate functions. First it serves as a application for registration of cattle in the ABBA. Second, but equally important, it serves as an enrollment form into the BHIR Program when the weights and weigh dates are recorded on the application.
REQUIRED DATA FOR BHIR
COMBINED DATA FOR REGISTRATION AND BHIR
If you wish to register your calves at the same time you submit performance information, you must complete the MEMBERSHIP NUMBER, OWNER’S INFORMATION, PRIVATE HERD NUMBER, SEX, BIRTHDATE, SIRE AND DAM, TYPE OF SERVICE, WEANING WEIGHT AND DATE WEIGHED, AND MANAGEMENT CODE in the same manner as when you are submitting performance only. See registrations section.
OPTIONAL DATA FOR BHIR
The following information is not mandatory in order to enroll your herd on BHIR. However, space has been provided to allow you to objectively describe each animal as completely as possible. This optional performance data ranks BHIR as the most comprehensive performance program available for Brahman cattle. It is recommended that you complete as much of the optional information as is possible on every animal and that you utilize this information in your selection decisions.
After submitting your registration application with the appropriate weight columns completed, you will receive a weaning report, a weaning sire summary and a weaning produce of dam summary. The weaning report lists the calves by sex while the Weaning Sire Summary groups them by sire to allow comparisons of bulls used to produce that calf crop. These two summaries provide a complete overview of weaning performance and are designed to be used in making selection decisions. They also provide a worksheet for recording and reporting yearling performance to ABBA.
Frame is an additional method of describing an animal. A column is provided on the registration application to report actual hip height form which frame score is derived. In order to compare calves of different sexes, different ages and from different aged dams, it is necessary to adjust heights to a constant.
For male calves
Adj. ht. = (Actual height in inches) + [(205 days – age in days when measurement is taken) x .033]
For female calves
Adj. ht. = (Actual height in inches) + [(205 days – age in days when measurement is taken) x .025]
Since the dam effects play such a large role in all preweaning data, calf heights are also adjusted for age of dam according to the following factors:
The adjusted height is now converted to frame score and is reported on the summaries you receive.
Weaning performance reports are only the first step. The information reported on the yearling worksheet is probably the most important weight data reported for the individual calf. Weights and measurements that are taken at this time are a good indication of an individual’s ability to perform and are not as heavily influenced by maternal difference as are measurements taken at weaning time. Actual weight, date weight and management code are the only items required on the yearling worksheet. Other items are optional but recommended.
Yearling Summary & Yearling Sire Summary
To see how each of these traits are calculated, click here.
Yearling Sire Summary
The Yearling Sire Summary contains the same information as the Yearling Report, in addition to grouping the cattle by sire to allow comparisons of the transmitting ability of the bulls used to produce the calf crop. Averages of the performance traits are calculated for sire groups containing more than one calf.
The average yearling weight ratio of sire groups accounts for culling in the same manner as the individual ratios.
To see how each of these traits are calculated, click here.
A review of the information gathered and complied after the computed Yearling Sire Summary is returned to you reveals several very useful items.
As a BHIR participant, you now have an adjusted birth weight record and calving ease score for each calf born as well as weaning weight adjusted to a constant 205 days of age and a constant age of dam. You should also have a 205 day weight ratio, frame score, gestation length and temperament score.
The Dam Summary provides a complete summary of the individual performance records of a dam and an up to date record of the dam’s progeny and their performance records. The Dam Summary is a full size page on which is printed a two generation pedigree along with the dam’s actual performance data and current EPD’s.
The Dam Summary lists all of the dam’s production including calves that are Performance Only or animals that had records submitted but never registered. Each calf is identified by its private herd number, sire and sires private herd number as well as its birth date, sex, calving ease score and actual birth weight. The weaning information includes the actual weaning weight, age in number of days at time weaning weight was taken, the adjusted 205 day weaning weight, the ratio, rank with in contemporary group, frame score and weight per day of age at weaning. The yearling data includes the actual yearling weight, age in number of days when the yearling weight was taken, the adjusted yearling weight, ratio, rank, frame score, weight per day of age at yearling weight and the confirmation score.
Below the calving performance are several charts that summarize the dam’s production. These include the number of sires she has calved to, the average calving interval, the number of males and female progeny and the weights and average weights taken at weaning and yearling.
The Ultrasound Scanning Results Report consists of the final analysis of cattle that producers have scanned for carcass traits. Once your cattle are scanned by an approved Ultrasound Guidelines Approved Technician and have been interpreted by an approved lab, these results are reported to the ABBA, added to your animals file and then sent to you in this format.
The Ultrasound Scanning Results Report consists of the animal’s registration number, private herd number, date of birth, sex, sire and dam information and the weight and age in days at the time of scanning.
The report gives the actual and adjusted ribeye area as well as a ratio and rank for comparisons with in the contemporary group. The ribeye area measurement is taken between the 12th & 13th rib. This measurement is a common estimator of total muscle.
The next two sets of columns report the actual and adjusted measurements for rib fat and rump fat as well as give the ratios and rank among the contemporary group for these two traits. The rib fat measurement is the most common measure of external fat on a carcass, and is directly related to carcass yield grade. The rump fat measurement is an indicator of the total amount of carcass fat and is correlated to percent retail product. The more rump fat the less pounds of lean product.
How to Read the Results
Ribeye Area - The expected base Ribeye Area is 1.1 sq. inches/100 lbs of live weight. This would equate to a 1,000 lb. animal having an 11.0 sq. in. REA. Anything over this would be less than ideal while anything over this would be exceptional.
Each quarter, the Research and Breed Improvement committee of the American Brahman Breeders Association publishes a sire summary for its breeders and customers. In a rapidly changing industry, it has become necessary to make as many tools available as possible for use by breeders in their genetic selections. The objective of the Brahman Sire Summary is to provide Brahman breeders with practical, yet accurate assessment of data on sires so they may increase the performance potential of their herds through sire selection. Only sires with reliable accuracy levels are published. Only sires in the top 20 in the breed with a set accuracy level are considered as trait leaders. However non-published EPDs may be obtained from the ABBA office. The ABBA encourages you to consider visual appraisal, performance figures and other tools in your selections.
Below are the latest EPDs and Sire Summary. Additionally, request for copies can be made with the ABBA office.
ABBA Approved Spring Shows
ABBA Approved Fall Shows
American Brahman Breeders Association
Use the following links to view videos provided by Cattle In Motion that were obtained from the 2011 ABBA Membership Convention seminars. They address ABBA frequently asked questions and more.
ABBA Performance Program FAQ
Artificial Insemination Sires
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