Planned Mating: How to Compare Sire and Dam

Planned mating is a tool to help make breeding decisions. It gives breeders an estimate of the genetic level of their calves from a mating. Using the Planned Mating tool in Herdbook Services, you can select to mate to one or several sires. 1. Log into Herdbook Services 2. Click on Herd Mgmt, then select Planned Mating…

How to Put an Animal “On File”

What does it even mean to put an animal on file? The animal is NOT registered when it is put on file, but it is saved into our database. An easy way to think about it: the data on the calf is saved in it’s own file and filed away in our “filing cabinet”. If…

How to Generate a Barn Sheet

*Animals must be on file with ASA to appear on the barn sheet.*  A barn sheet is a worksheet designed to help collect data at chute side.  When you submit your request for a barn sheet, the lab will receive a copy of the barn sheet and they usually forward to the technician.  This allows…

How to Register a Foundation Cow or Bull

Any animal that is registered with another breed association is eligible for registration with ASA, this is called a foundation animal. Foundation registration is an in-house process. To start the registration process, please submit a copy of the primary Association’s registration certificate to the ASA office. If you do not have a copy of the…

DNA – What Testing Does ASA Offer?

In this day and age with so many different DNA tests being offered, trying to figure out which one you should use or actually need on any given animal can be quite challenging. The following is an attempt to serve as an explanation of the various tests being offered and also suggestions for which groups…