DUTCH BELTED ASSOCCIATION OF
In a effort to maintain the most accurate and useful genetic
information on Dutch Belted cattle the DBCAA has enacted the following DNA
Testing Policies, to become effective on January 1, 2015. These are an attempt
to improve the genetic database we have available as a breed registry as well
as furthering the integrity of our breeders.
All matters of identification and parentage will be accepted as
official as determined by the designated laboratory.
1. Bulls: All bulls must be DNA typed before a registration
paper is returned to the breeder/owner. Any transfered bull that has not been DNA
tested must also be tested before registration papers will be issued . The
owner of the bull will be responsible for all expenses for meeting these
2. Testing can be initiated by
a. Breeder Inquiry: Any breeder/owner can request a test kit
from the DBCAA for testing an animal in their herd. These results will be kept on
file with the DBCAA
and shared with the owner. All expenses to be paid by the
b. Random: Every 100th animal registered with the DBCAA will
be DNA typed. All expenses to be paid by the DBCAA.
c. Executive Committee: Any animal registered by the DBCAA can be genotyped or DNA typed at the discretion
of the Executive Committee. All expenses to be paid by DBCAA.
d. Breeder Protest: If the Executive Committee is requested,
by a party other than the
owner to test an animal for any reason, the
person requesting the
examination must first post a $ 100 bond with
All expenses to be paid by the DBCAA.
i. If the parental identification of the animal tested does
not match registration
records the bond is retuned to the person requesting
ii. If the parental identification of the animal tested
does match registration
records the bond is forfeited and deposited in the
general fund of the DBCAA.
3. Sample Process
a. To ensure accuracy of samples and to protect both the DBCAA and
the breeders/owners the following requirements will be adhered to:
i. Breeder Inquiry & Bulls: Samples may be collected
ii. Random, Executive Committee, and Breeder Protests:
Samples should be collected and signed by a veterinarian or a DBCA
representative should be present to verify.
4. DNA Sample Results:
a. All matter of identification and parentage as determined by the
designated laboratory will be accepted as official.
b. Positive Parental Identification:
i. No action necessary - registration confirmed.
c. Negative Parental Identification:
i. Parentage Known: Adjust registration type (herdbook
level) as necessary of tested animal and offspring to accurately
reflect true parentage.
ii. Parentage Unknown: Registration paper revoked and
registration of any offspring adjusted with tested parent listed in
Breeding Up Program.
5. Negative Result Follow-Up Actions
a. Correction of registrations and offspring
b. Follow up testing of 25% of animals registered by breeder/herd
unit, or up to a maximum of 15 head in a 1 year period. (Breeder
i. Animals randomly selected at Executive Committee's discretion.
ii. All expenses to be paid 50:50 between breeder and
c. Additional negative parental matches will result in
i. All animals bred by the farm unit will be DNA Typed
prior to new registration issuance for a time period of at least 24
ii. Random sampling will occur in 10% of all animals
registered by the farm unit after 24 months through 5 years past
iii. All expenses to be paid by breeder.
6. Non Cooperation of Breeders
a. If a breeder refuses to adhere to the above policies, and no
progress can be made by the Executive Committee, this may lead to elimination
of registrations and loss of membership.