National animal ID is all the news these days and new systems and strategies are announced all the time. Now Holstein Association USA is offering the Cattle Identification Database which they say is the “the first database to identify and track cross-bred animals, is now available for dairy producers to record, monitor and identify cross-bred animals.”
Animals are entered into the CID database using reported breed composition and ear tags. For $5.00 per animal, CID customers will receive management data including all identification, parentage and performance information, such as available 305-day lactation records, classification scores and indexes. All animals enrolled in CID must be identified using Holstein Tag ID. Transfers of ownership will be recorded at no charge. Offspring of CID animals that would qualify as 87%RHA (Registered Holstein Ancestry) are eligible for registration at Holstein Association USA.
For more information or to request CID applications, call 800-952-5200.