Tougher protocols for China export heifers

12 Dec, 2005 02:42 PM

New export protocols agreed earlier this year and ratified in Canberra last week require heifers destined for China to have their pedigree and National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) information recorded on the Australian Dairy Herd Information System (ADHIS).

The information on the ADHIS database is then used by Holstein Australia to maintain a dairy heifer export data base and issue breeding certificates for animals that comply with the pedigree specifications for the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture.

Animals born before July 2005 must provide three full generations of sire pedigree and a known dam, or three full generations of dam pedigree and a known sire, all recorded on the ADHIS database.

Those born after July 2005 require three full generations of sire pedigree, the sire, sires parents and sires grand parents, plus on the dam side at least the dams sire and grand sire.

All the required information must be recorded and available on the ADHIS database.

This places the onus on breeders to have their date entered on the system and can only be achieved through a herd recording centre or Holstein Australia.

Farmers with an established herd recording business relationship should find it relatively simple to have the required information recorded but will need to contact their centre to initiate the process.

This is a fully automated system designed to reject any animals for which conflicting, absent or duplicate data is detected.

The original breeder of each heifer should ensure they or their agent work through only one herd recording centre. The same information recorded by the breeder through one centre and by an agent through another may be automatically rejected.

Similarly, farmers who herd test should preferably use their current Herd Recording Centre.

All dairy farmers planning to supply the Chinese heifer market are advised to contact a dairy herd recording centre, or Holstein Australia, to arrange for the necessary heifer information to be recorded in time for Australian Dairy Breeding Animal Certificates to be issued as and when they are required by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture.


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