Genetic Recovery and Jersey Expansion
These are the steps in the Genetic Recovery identification program:
What qualifies for Genetic Recovery?
Females known to have purebred Jersey ancestors are eligible. When a female is not purebred Jersey, record it in the Jersey Expansion program.
How do I determine an OA from a PR?
The Original Animal is the oldest female in a cow family that (a) is sired by a Herd Register status bull with a purebred, but unknown dam or (b) has a Herd Register dam, but the Jersey sire is unknown. This may be a dead animal.
Females that do not have ancestor information can be qualified for OA status through genotyping.
What information is required?
Information which identifies each animal is the key to completing an application. All applications must list birth dates and tattoos or AJCA-approved double-matching tamper-evident eartags.
If tattoos are used, the tattoo must have at least one number and one letter (other than I, O, Q, or V) in at least one ear (AJCA Voluntary Tattoo Program).
If eartags are preferred, you must use matched set of AJCA-approved tamper-evident tags. The information printed on these tags--the animal ID number, state of origin and herd management number--will be identical. Depending on the version of tag ordered, the animal ID number may be an 8- or 9-digit number, or a 12-digit number.
Living animals must be properly identified by one of these methods before they can be recorded.
For dead animals, birth dates and tattoos can be approximate. For a living OA, the birth date can be estimated if necessary, but the tattoo(s) must agree with the legibile tattoo(s) in the ear(s). All other applications for living animals must list exact birth dates and tattoos.
The USDA eartag box in the upper right-hand corner of the application should be completed for all animals that have been on DHI test with an eartag number. This is critical for USDA and AJCA to link the cow's registration number with the eartag number in order to correctly access production information and genetic evaluations. When a grade cow receives an AJCA registration number, her identification on DHIA test should be changed from the eartag number to her registration number in order for her PTAs to be received and used by the AJCA.
How do I complete the applications?
Assign this animal a name, even if she has always been identified by number. (Her number may be used as part of her name.) Be sure to list the tattoo(s) or 8, 9 or 12-digit number from the AJCA-approved eartag. Also list the birth date, even if estimated. A Certificate of Identification (gold border) will be issued for this animal.
The information required to complete this application will be available from the OA application and your breeding records. Provide a name, birth date, valid tattoo(s) or eartag number, and simple pedigree consisting of the OA dam (living or dead) and the known Registered Jersey sire. A Certificate of Identification (gold border) will be issued for this animal.
Complete identification for a GR female includes name, date of birth, tattoo(s), sire name and registration number, and dam name and registration number. A Certificate of Registration (green border) will be issued for this animal.
Jersey Expansion is an identification service for recording first-generation crossbred females that are either sired by a HR Jersey bull or out of a HR Jersey female. For a complete description of the program, effective March 14, 2015, click here.
Jersey Expansion (J1)
Assign this animal a name, even if she has always been identified by number. (Her number may be used as part of her name.) Be sure to list the tattoo(s) or number from the AJCA-approved eartag. Also list the birth date, even if estimated. A Certificate of Identification (gold border) will be issued for this animal.
How much does it cost to record animals in the Genetic Recovery and Jersey Expansion programs?
Refer to the Fees for Programs and Services. Fees are discounted (1) for American Jersey Cattle Association members or junior members, (2) when processed on infoJersey.com, and (3) when submitted in batch electronic files (Excel spreadsheet, report downloaded from herd management software, or field-delimited text file). Contact Herd Services for details.