Message from the Board of Directors

Nov 2, 2012

Amending Registrations for Historic Animals

All breed associations incorporated under the Animal Pedigree Act must have by-laws respecting the issuance, amendment, transfer and cancellation of certificates of registration.  Jersey Canada’s by-laws as passed by the members and given ministerial approval, state as follows:

16.2(3)  The Association shall verify the information on all applications submitted by means it considers appropriate.  Only certificates with correct information will be issued.  If errors are subsequently discovered, certificates may be cancelled.  If correct information can be established they may be reissued.  Upon approval by the Executive Committee, the Registrar may suspend registration of an animal and all its descendants, for a period not exceeding sixty (60) days.

Several problems have been discovered with past registrations that require attention, particularly related to animals that may have been improperly recorded in the database in terms of their genetic makeup. The following sets out the manner in which Jersey Canada plans to handle the amendments, which we hope to do in the least disruptive manner and in a way which will ensure the highest integrity of the Canadian Jersey registry.

Animals born prior to 1995:
The Jersey Canada Constitution’s rules of eligibility for registration were clear and problems are not anticipated.  As well, animals registered prior to this time would have sufficient intervening generations by now as to cause few or no implications for the purebred status of present-day animals.  As a result, all otherwise non-controversial animals registered in the Jersey Canada herdbook prior to June 26, 1995 will be “grandfathered-in,” as will their descendants.  That is to say, the purity status for animals registered prior to June 26, 1995 will not be amended unless a specific, serious problem might be uncovered

Animals registered from 1995-2001:
When the rules of eligibility for registration were amended in 1995, there was no provision to permit grading-up of males, thus an assumption was made that any “registered Jersey sire” was also purebred.  Also, animals graded-up to purebred status were equated to 100% in the registry, affecting the determination of purebred status of their descendants.  From 1995 through 2001, all Canadian-bred Jersey sires were verified to be 100%, and therefore purebred.  However, the compliance of foreign-registered sires may not have been adequately verified for each animal during this time period.  As a result, all foreign-registered bulls added to the Jersey Canada herdbook between June 26, 1995 and March 24, 2001 will be checked for compliance.  Those foreign-registered bulls confirmed to be at least 93.75%, which are verified to be free of genetic markers of another breed, and whose resulting progeny are characteristic of the Jersey breed, will be “grandfathered-in” as equivalent to 100% and the makeup of all descendants will remain the same.  Any foreign bulls registered during this period which fail one or more of the criteria will be uniquely marked in the registry and their descendants’ genetic makeup will be adjusted accordingly.

Animals registered from 2001-2012:
Amendments to the rules of eligibility for registration in 2001 were intended to allow Jerseys to “grade-up” only when sired by a “100% pure Jersey sire.”  Animals cannot grade up to 100% purity.  Only 100% animals were considered purebred between March 24, 2001 and August 27, 2012.  All foreign-registered bulls added to the Jersey Canada herdbook between 2001 and 2012 will be checked for compliance with the rules of eligibility.  Those foreign-registered bulls confirmed to be at least 93.75%, which are verified to be free of genetic markers of another breed, and whose resulting progeny are characteristic of the Jersey breed, will be “grandfathered-in” as equivalent to 100% and the makeup of all descendants will remain the same.  Any foreign bulls registered during this period which fail one or more of the criteria will be uniquely marked in the registry and their descendants’ genetic makeup will be adjusted accordingly.   

Animals registered after August 27, 2012:
Any animals added to the Jersey Canada herdbook after August 27, 2012 will be subject to the rules of eligibility for registration as presented to the membership during the 2012 Annual General Meeting and given ministerial approval effective August 27, 2012.


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