Common Questions on Name Changes

The Processing Team has noticed a high frequency of questions about changing animal names, and questions on using/adding a prefix. Below is a quick question and answer on two of the most common “name/prefix questions”:

Can I change the name of the animal and add my account prefix?

No, you can change the “name portion” of an animal, but “the prefix portion” of an animal’s name may not be changed.

For Example:

From: SFF Black Beauty C01

To:      SFF Constantinople C01


Fees For Name Changes
Under 20 months of age $5
20 months to 2 yrs of age $50
Over 2 yrs of age $1,000

This is what our rules say:

Rule II.E.1

Breeders wishing to use herd letters in conjunction with a brand or tattoo or in the name of an animal must first get approval from and register their herd letters with the Association.

Rule II.H

The non-prefix portion of the name of a registered animal may be changed upon application provided that the ASA registration certificate is returned, the name desired is not already in use, and the appropriate fee is paid. An increase fee will be charged for an animal over 24 months. The prefix portion of an animal’s name may not be changed.

Who Sets the Prefix?

The member who is the applicant for the animal at time of registration sets the prefix of the animal.


Smith Family Farms sends in application for registration of “Black Beauty C01” and John Doe Simmentals was the breeder. Smith Family Farms can use their prefix on the registration of the animal, or not use a prefix:

Option 1: Black Beauty C01

Option 2: SFF Black Beauty C01

Note: Smith Family Farms can’t use John Doe Simmental’ prefix on the registration of the animal.