Whole Herd TPR FAQs
If I choose the pedigree registry option can I decide later to become a performance registry breeder?
Yes, by completing the enrollment form and remitting $5 per enrolled female.
If a breeder chooses to record birth weights, which ones must be included?
Every inventoried dam with a reported live calf at birth must have a birth weight recorded if any of the birth weights are to be used in the calculation of EPDs.
What constitutes a calving season?
Generally speaking, spring is January 1 through June 30, fall is July 1 through December 31 although each breeder will need to group their inventory records according to their management system. Breeders who essentially practice year round calving with no defined calving season(s) will need choose only one season (spring or fall) to use for dam inventory purposes.
Does “spring calving season” strictly mean January 1 to June 30 or is some other date designation possible?
Each breeder will define their own calving season. Logically that will be either spring or fall. However, if you begin your “spring” season on December 20 and conclude on February 17, for instance, that would be considered your “spring” season. Likewise, July 27 to September 6 or November 12 to January 11 could be a “fall” season.
What happens if a calf crop’s mandatory reporting data is not filed by the prescribed time?
All further data calculations and reporting for that performance breeder’s account will be held until the missing data is supplied.
If I remove a female from my inventory can I re-enter her at a later date?
Yes, by paying a reactivation fee of $30 per such female if that female has remained in the same recorded ownership as when last maintained on inventory.
Will EPDs be available for calves reported as DNR (unregistered)?
No, same as the present policy.
Can I include non-registered females on my inventory?
Yes, you may maintain DNR females on your TPR inventory but remember that progeny from the DNR female may not be assigned a registry certificate unless the DNR dam is also registered.
In whose account should a multi-owned female be enrolled?
In the account of any and all of the owners who will be reporting/recording her offspring.
When a female is automatically added to my inventory by AHA but is listed in the wrong calving season, does the $2.50/head seasonal movement charge apply when I move her to the correct calving season?
No. The first inventory move of automatically listed females will be at no charge.
Can sires be inventoried as well?
Yes, a breeder may elect to inventory a herd sire at a fee of $1 annually.
Can I use HerdMaster, CowSense, CattlePro or similar software programs to prepare my work for submission to AHA?
Yes, however it will be the breeder’s responsibility to work with their software provider to assure that the data is appropriately configured to be compatible with AHA’s system.
When should I expect to pay my annual inventory fees?
Inventory fees will be detailed in a work order and billed to the breeder once AHA has received and processed your corrected inventory. Inventory billing for animals you request to be moved to your fall inventory will not be made until after you have had a chance to update your inventory subsequent to the July 1 fall inventory update request.
When do I actually register my calves under the Whole Herd TPR system?
Registry is accomplished with Form 1, which is submitted after the inventory is updated and before weaning worksheets are issued. The breeder continues to control the choice of what age a calf is registered at in order to utilize the breeder’s preferred registry rate structure.
When is the best time to score udders?
The best time to evaluate and score udders is within 24 hours after calving.
How do I report the information to the AHA?
Producers can use Form 1 — Registration Application/Birth Information Worksheet — to submit udder scores or they can be submitted online.
How often do I collect udder scores?
It’s important to score cows each year. Udder quality will usually decline with age; however, age should not be considered when evaluating udders. This practice will help determine which genetics produce udders that will hold up over time.
Udder scoring is subjective. What good will the scores be in sire evaluation?
There may be scoring variation between herds. As long as scores within herds are consistent the data may be used for future sire evaluation. If more than one person within a farm or ranch are doing the udder scoring, it is important that the scores are as comparable as possible.
How do udder scores relate to milk production?
Udders should be scored without considering milk production. The scoring system is intended to evaluate udder soundness. Calf weaning weight is the best estimate of milk production.
Why should I collect body condition scores and cow weights?
BCS number for research purposes (and for genetic evaluation), the objective on the ranch is to identify thin, moderate and fat cows. Research shows that failure to monitor body condition prior to key production periods can be disastrous to cow herd productivity. Take the time to collect weights and score cows this fall, and then use the data to take action and improve the productivity of your herd and your customers’ herds.
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