The following information defines a registration paper from the American Jersey Cattle Club and helps explain what information may be found on your cow’s registration paperwork. Reading-Official-Performance-Pedigree.pdf
(TOP) WHAT THIS ALL MEANS:
- Female – as opposed to male. 🙂 Also note, the animal may be a TWIN. Twin = Male-Male twins OR female-female twins are usually okay, with one being more dominant/strong and one being weaker. Male-female twins will most likely produce a freemartin, which means the female does not have all her female parts, therefore cannot have babies/produce milk. Basically, they are a steer at birth, though from the outside you may see all signs that she is a female. Twinning can cause complications at birth and harm the cow, so better to avoid if possible.
- Embryo Transfer (“-ET”) – Animal was born from a “surrogate mother” and “Parentage Verified” shows that DNA analysis proved the correct parentage.
- “Queen-Acres” – is the name of the FARM that BRED/OWNED the cow originally. If Queen-Acres was at the END of the name, the farm likely bought the mother of the cow and the cow was born at the farm, though not bred by the farm.
- “Blaze” – Generally, after the farm name is the short name of the SIRE. Blaze is short for Valleystream Beretta Blaze-ET, and most farms follow this rule, which allows other dairy farmers to instantly know who the sire of any animal is. This is very helpful to compare heifers and cows from different genetics, to know whether or not the bull is a good sire!
- “Windy” – The name of the cow. Many farms (sorry, not this cow) like to keep one letter of the alphabet for a particular cow family. For example, my first cow was ROSE. So, her descendants are: Rosebud, Rosalie, Rosalind, Rosie, Ruby, Rosemary, Rizelle, etc. This way a farmer can keep track of which family the cows are from on the maternal side.
- Born: Birthdate of animal (Windy). If you want to show the animal, you will want to look for an animal born in MARCH, JUNE, SEPTEMBER, or DECEMBER (see chart below). Calves and young cows are separated by four seasonal classes for showing in groups. Therefore, a FALL HEIFER may be born from September 1st through November 30th. Most likely, a 9-1 calf will be larger than a 11-30 heifer, which is a benefit to showing heifers (although does not tend to correlate AT ALL with who becomes a good cow!) http://www.livestockexpo.org/docs/Premium%20Book/Cattle%20Show/Dairy%20Cattle.pdf
- Tattoo: Required for individual identification. QA = Queen-Acres, 979 is that cow’s individual number from the whole herd. The tattoo shows up as QA979/QA979 meaning she has a tattoo in BOTH ears.
- If the paperwork showed _______/QA979, it would mean the tattoo was only in the cow’s LEFT ear.
- QA979/______ would then imply a herd tattoo in only the cow’s RIGHT ear.
- Note, Brucellosis vaccination is often marked in the right ear via tattoo and is not animal-specific for identification purposes. If the animal has a metal tag in the ear, this can help track the animal’s identity.
- “Registration Number” is individual to that animal. If you ever transfer an animal or that animal has a calf you want to register, or if you set up DHIA records or need to talk to someone about the cow, that is the number they need.
NOTE: Under “Date of Sale” – This is the official date the animal changed ownership. If showing a heifer, make sure you look up show regulations on when the animal needs to be in your ownership or you may not be able to show!
“Not Serviced” – Means the cow was either sold open or no service information was noted when the transfer was processed by the seller. In this cow’s case, she was sold as bred to a bull, but the previous owner (After Queen-Acres, but before us) had never gotten registration information on the bull. So, we just had no information to put on the paperwork. If your cow is confirmed pregnant at the time of sale, try to get the previous owner to put the sire information and breeding date on the paperwork. This will be very, very helpful if you end up with a heifer calf you need to register!
- Valleystream Beretta Blaze-ET = SIRE’s registered name. Short name = Blaze, which is what you would refer to in general or if you wanted to look his information up on NAAB: http://www.naab-css.org/db/ (Click on cross reference database)
- ET = Blaze was also an ET, like his daughter.
- JECAN = He was a Jersey (JE) sire registered in Canada (CAN), so the number 139414 only refers to Jersey Canada (www.jerseycanada.com, go to “pedigree search”)
- 72JE21 = His individual sire code. You can read up more on my breeding page: https://spiritedrose.wordpress.com/jersey-cattle/before-buying/ai-and-breeding/ OR check out NAAB again (see link above).
- SHF Barber Breeze = Windy’s mother’s registered name
- USA = registered through www.usjersey.com
- S602 = left ear tattoo
Hopefully, the person selling you the animal will take care of the transfer of your cow. A seller is supposed to pay for the transfer fee, and their approval is required for transfer, so best to get either their signature on the back of the registration paper or confirmation they will submit the information online.
If you are sending in the information yourself, I have included some notes to help you out:
You may or may not get a three generation pedigree sheet. (You can buy more for $3.00 at www.infojersey.com, or you can just access the information online for free and print off for your records.) If you do, here are some notes on what this information is:
- For more on information about appraisal numbers, see: https://spiritedrose.wordpress.com/jersey-cattle/looking-for-a-cow/buying-scoring-dairy-cattle-101/
- For more on DHIA/milk records, see: https://spiritedrose.wordpress.com/jersey-cattle/how-to-produce-quality-milk/milk-records/
- For more on sire information and all those numbers, see: https://spiritedrose.wordpress.com/jersey-cattle/before-buying/ai-and-breeding/