CANADIAN BISON ASSOCIATION- REGISTRY
After two years of dedicated work by the Pedigree Committee the new Canadian Bison Registry will become operational January 1, 2009. The Canadian Bison Association responded proactively to issues raised by COSEWIC and are now poised to begin the registering and recording of bison which will lead to indisputable documentation of the Canadian Bison population. The success of the registry rests with producers.
For clarification there are two parts to the registry. Registration of Foundation Stock (Plains or Wood) and the recording of Plains, Woods crosses (Parkland). The Foundation Stock registry will close Dec 31, 2011. The recording of Parkland will remain open and will allow producers to breed up to a purebred registry status on their animals. This is referred to the assimilation program in the CBA constitution.
Following is an outline for registering your Foundation Stock and recording your Parkland bison
- List all animals they wish to register as Foundation Stock
- Provide a detailed history of the herd including supporting information (eg. such as purchases, bloodlines, sub species, record movements)
Individual animal tag requirements
- One (1) legible dangle tag
- One (1) additional form of identification-approved forms include a RFID tag, legible dangle tags CBA bar code tag, Ketchum curl lock tag (old Hof A tag), Tattoo.
This allows for definitive identification of individual animals for registration. It will also assist you the producer in accurately identifying (via visual tag) a registered Foundation Stock cow’s offspring for registration.
Prepare for herd inspections
CBA evaluators will assess all the information provided. Evaluations are based on the herd history declaration and visual assessment of the animals via remote evaluation (photographs) or an on site evaluation (inspector will assess at producers premise). The evaluators will use both phenotypic assessments (how the animals look) and morphometric measurements (how the animal is built) to differentiate between plains and wood bison. After a complete review the evaluators will either approve the application or request further information. Once applications are approved they are forwarded with payment to the Canadian Livestock Records where they will be processed. The CLRC will then forward registration certificates.
To ensure that the process is as cost effective as possible the herd inspection will be remote however the CBA reserves the right to conduct on site inspections. Unless it is for audit purposes the producer will be responsible for the cost of the on site inspection.
Photographs for Remote Inspection
A legible dangle tag must be visible and the photograph should be a side view.
30 or less registration applications- producers provide photographs of each animal.
30 or more registration applications- once the application is received and processed the inspectors will randomly select 30 animals for which photographs must be provided.
It is not a requirement that bison registered as Foundation Stock have a DNA genotype certificate. However when registering the offspring of Foundation Stock DNA parentage verification may be required.
The fees for registration of Foundation Stock will be $25.00/head. Fees are to be made payable to Canadian Livestock Records Corporation and are subject to GST.
RECORDING PARKLAND (CROSS) BISON
List all animals to be recorded as Parkland Bison. Bison recorded as Parkland will be recorded as a cross unless the producers can provide documentation on the percentage of the animal’s Plains or Wood breeding. This is an important part of recording your bison as the higher percentage of either Plains or Wood they are the closer you are to breeding up to Purebred.
The fees for recording Parkland Bison will be $15.00/head. Fees are to be made payable to Canadian Livestock Records Corporation and are subject to GST.
Once applications are approved they are forwarded along with your payment to the Canadian Livestock Records where they will be processed. The CLRC will then forward a certificate on your bison.
The CBA is committed to the success of the registry and as such will provide any and all assistance to our producers in registering and recording your bison. The Bison registry is an important part of the industry, it will only succedd with producer support.
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Canadian Bison Association
Regina, SK S4P 4G4
CBA Pedigree Committee
Wolverine Bison Company
Beaver Creek Wood Bison Ranch
Bison Spirit Ranch
Silver Creek Bison Ranch
Dr. Gerald Parsons
CBA Executive Director