DNA Testing of Cattle by a Registered Sire

Published: July, 2014

Providing the correct named sire particularly for Angus, Hereford, Devon and Shorthorn breeds is of particular importance when selling at market.

Stringent measures are now in force, specifically DNA testing, when animals enter rearing units and/or at the point of slaughter to check that they are by the registered sire provided. 

If you run a number of registered bulls of the same breed, please make sure you either specify which bull sired which animal or provide all possibilities on your entry form at point of sale.

If you run a number of bulls of different breeds, we advise either keeping the bulls separate of DNA testing the calves to make sure the correct breed and sire is selected at time of registration.

 If at point of sale you are not 100% sure,

please DO NOT sell your animal(s) with a registered sire.

 The financial implications of providing an incorrect sire

at point of sale will be considerable.

 An online database to check whether your sire is registered as pedigree is available on most cattle society websites.

 Please contact the market office for further clarification or information regarding sire names.

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