F-1 Certification


In 1979, ABBA saw a need to verify the parentage of the F-1 female to insure that both the producer and user of the F-1 female could be assured of the true genetic makeup of the cattle. When two purebred animals are mated, the offspring exhibit superior traits derived from breed complementarity and heterosis, and the ABBA F-1 certification program gives breeders and buyers confidence through verification in their cattle.

Since its inception, the ABBA F-1 Certification Program has evolved into the premier commercial female program in the country, with more than 90,000 females registered. Participating in the program is easy, affordable, and has proven to add a value of nearly $200/head to Golden Certified/Certified Females as compared to other breed crosses. In an effort to further promote the Golden Certified/Certified F-1 Cow and her influence, the ABBA recently launched the F-1 Plus program. This program verifies the parentage of progeny of ABBA Golden Certified or Certified cows, adding value to both the cow and her offspring.


GOLDEN CERTIFIED F-1 – a female that is the progeny of two registered parents.

CERTIFIED F-1 -the program in which the sire must be registered and the dam is a qualified cow, a purebred cow whose physical characteristics have been inspected by an ABBA representative.

The program permits the use of registered Brahman bulls on registered or qualified, purebred non-registered cows of other breeds or registered bulls of other breeds on registered or qualified, purebred non-registered Brahman cows. Either system provides the same end result: an F-1 Brahman hybrid: 1/2 Brahman x 1/2 Bos Taurus breed.

Any user of registered or purebred non-registered cattle may enroll in the ABBA F-1 Certification Program. Members will receive membership mailings, will be listed in the member search on the ABBA website, will be informed about the progress of the breed, be eligible for special premiums and allowed to participate in the National F-1 Sale. Members of the ABBA also must enroll in the F-1 Program in order to participate.

All sires, either Brahman or other breeds, must be purebred and registered within their own breed (if other than Brahman, that breed must not contain any Brahman blood).
Multiple sire matings are permissible, but all bulls and their breed must be listed on applications for progeny certification.

 Dams may be registered within their own breed, or may be purebred, non-registered females that are qualified by ABBA inspection. Breeds other than Brahman must not contain percentages of Brahman blood as a base.

If both parents are registered within their respective breed, each animal’s name, registration number and breed identification will qualify their female progeny for certification. When both parents are registered, their progeny is recognized as a Golden Certified animal.

If the herd contains purebred, non-registered females, including non-registered Brahmans, the cows must be qualified by an ABBA inspector and properly identified before their progeny may be certified.


Simple procedures govern qualifications of herds of purebred, non-registered cows to produce Certified F-1 Brahman females.

A request is made to the ABBA for a visual inspection of the herd. The inspector arranges a visit to the applicant’s herd, qualifies eligible females, and files a report with the ABBA office listing those dams which qualify. Inspections can also be performed via submitted photos and videos at a $6/head fee. Each qualifying dam must be identified with fire brand, tattoo, horn brand, or eartag. Qualification of an approved non-registered dam is non-transferable, but remains qualified as long as she is in the applicant’s herd.


Certificate Option

For the certificate option, the owner must provide information on each animal including the name, address and signature of the enrolled breeder; the herd identification number of the F-1 female being certified; ownership brand or other identification; birth record (month or season and year); color markings; the breed, name, identification number and registration number of the sire; and, if registered, the breed, name, identification number and registration number of the dam. If the dam is a qualified non-registered dam, its identification number is provided in lieu of purebred registry information.

Individual certificates of certification will be issued by the ABBA upon receipt and approval for certification, and payment of the appropriate fee ($7.50). The ABBA maintains filing systems which includes owners, program certificates by numbers, and sires by breeds. Adequate safeguards are maintained to help eliminate fraudulent entries.

Eartag Option
For the eartag option, the owner must provide their membership information including the name, address and signature of the enrolled breeder; as well as sire and dam breed information; and number of certifications requested.

Transferring of F-1 Females
Due to the increased interest in showing the Golden Certified & Certified F-1 Females, the ABBA now allows for the formal transfer of ownership. Females being certified for show must provide specific information to the certificate option. The exact birthdate needs to be listed as well as an optional name (ID number can be used). The transfer information should also be included: junior member name, address and the date of delivery. The transfer fee is $12.50 for animals transferred less than 30 days and $15.00 for transfers over 30 days from the date of delivery.

Enrollment fee, all participants, one time: $50.00
Annual Administrative Fee: $20.00
Certified F-1 Brahman Female Certificate or Eartag, each: $7.50
Qualification inspections of purebred non-registered herds: $6/head

F-1 Certification Eartag Option
F-1 Certification Application

For questions on the F-1 Certification Program contact the ABBA office at abba@brahman.org