From 1 May 2019 all bulls being fully registered with the Society will require full parentage testing. This will complement the existing parentage testing regime of each 100th heifer registered.
This means if the registration of the bull is time critical you will need to allow more time for the samples to be sent off and the registration to be finalised. You are more than welcome to send hair samples of bulls you may wish to register to the Society in advance, so the parentage can be verified before the registration form is sent in. If the bull is then registered the costs of the parent verification will be absorbed in the cost of the registration. If hair samples are submitted in advance but the bull is subsequently not registered then the member will be charged for the testing at cost.
The Society has been collecting DNA from bulls being registered since 2012 (around registration number 23000/) and it is hoped that most of these hair samples can be used to prove parentage, but the Society is moving from Microsatellite testing to SNIPS testing which requires a more robust sample. This may mean that repeat bull hair samples may be required.
Click here for an updated registration form which gives instructions of how to take the hair samples. Contact the office if you require sample bags - potentially three bags per registration - one for the bull being registered, one for his sire and one for his dam.