Register Your Jerseys

Why register your Jerseys?

Can anyone register their Jersey animals? YES! But becoming a Jersey Canada member saves you money with discounted rates. Plus there are numerous benefits and perks exclusive to members.

Over *60% of Canadian dairy cattle are registered, and with on-line registration, that number is increasing. Jersey Canada registers approximately *9,000 animals annually and more than *70% are registered electronically. Purity designations are based on the association’s by-laws, herdbook regulations and government legislation. The bottom line is that registered Jerseys bring in more profit, are renown in the Canadian market, and are highly regarded globally. Selling a properly identified animal with a full pedigree profile increases the value of the animal and gives buyers the confidence they need to make purchasing decisions. It also opens up AI incentives and export opportunities. *2014 Registration Statistics 

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Fresh Start Program

The Fresh Start Program is a special, once-in-a-lifetime initiative designed for owners of Jersey cattle who would like to begin or resume registering their animals. Exclusive one-time-only significant discounts are applied to registrations and transfers of ownership as a group of Jerseys is entered into the Canadian herdbook. To participate in the Fresh Start Program, complete the application form.

Your Prefix 

Once you have decided to register your animals, the next thing to do is to select a herd name (Prefix). The fee to register a prefix is $5.00 (plus applicable tax).

- Prefixes may be registered on-line, by sending us the Prefix Registration Form (WORD, PDF), or by contacting Jersey Canada.
- It is possible to use the same prefix that you use for another dairy breed if that prefix is not already registered to another Jersey breeder.
- Prefixes may be shared between family members and/or business partners.
- Upon proper application and payment of the prescribed fee, the Association will allocate a name or combination of letters and/or numbers for the use of a breeder.
- The Association reserves the right not to allocate names that are identical or similar to names already allocated or that are misleading or inappropriate.
- Owners of allocated names may authorize other members of their breeding enterprise to use their herd name.
- When discontinuing their breeding enterprise, owners of registered names may transfer their registered name to another breeder. 

Naming Animals

What you need to know before you name your animal:

- Every animal must have a prefix. The prefix of the animal is that of the owner of the dam when she was bred.
- The full name of the animal can be a maximum of 30 characters, including spaces and suffixes (e.g. “ET” or “-P”).
- If the breeder of an animal does not have a registered herd name, the first owner’s herd name may be used. Breeders may choose not to have a registered herd name.
- The identification number and year letter may be used as a suffix for each animal. Where an animal is the result of an embryo transplant, the letters ET must be used as a suffix.
- Registration Certificates and Pedigrees shall indicate the level of purity, as a percentage. This percentage shall appear as part of the animal’s name. 

You can register your Jerseys on-line or manually - it is your choice

For on-line registration, click here. For manual registration, download the Manual Registration Form and follow the instructions below. If you would like manual registration forms sent to you, please contact us

Manual Registration 

When using a manual (paper) registration form, be sure to fill out the owner’s contact information at the top of the form.  From the top left, enter the animal information as indicated below. 

Embryo Transfer

Check “Yes” if the calf is the result of an embryo transplant, “No” if he/she is the result of artificial insemination or natural breeding.

Frozen Embryo ID

Write the embryo number if the calf is the result of an embryo transfer (this is the embryo number assigned by Jersey Canada at the time that the flush was registered, and can be found on the Jersey Canada Embryo Ownership Certificate or Embryo Flush Report).

Recipient Dam ID

Indicate the registration number, management number, or name of the recipient dam, if the calf is the result of an embryo transfer.

Date of Transplant

Indicate the date that the embryo was implanted, if the calf is a result of an embryo transfer.

Artificial Insemination

Check “Yes” if the calf is the result of artificial insemination breeding.

Breeding Date

Indicate the date the breeding took place, if the calf is the result of artificial insemination.

Natural Breeding

Check “Yes” if the calf is the result of a natural breeding.

Date Exposed

Indicate the date the dam was exposed to the sire of the calf, if the calf is the result of a natural breeding.

Multiple Birth

Check “Yes” if the calf is a twin. Check “No” if the calf is a single.

Polled (naturally hornless)

Check “Yes” if the calf is genetically polled (naturally hornless), or “No” if it is horned. A small percentage of Jerseys are naturally hornless and therefore never grow horns; this is indicated by a “-P” at the end of the registered name.

Date of Birth

Indicate the day, month, and year that the calf was born.

Sex

Indicate the sex of the calf being registered by checking either “Male” or “Female”

Calf NLID/ATQ Tag

Indicate the long tag number which has been assigned to the calf. The number will be 7 digits long for NLID tags, or 9 digits long for ATQ tags. You may attach the appropriate sticker in this box if you prefer.

Management #

Indicate the management number corresponding to the NLID/ATQ tag assigned to the calf. This is optional.

Tattoo (Right ear)

If the calf is tattooed, indicate the numbers and/or letters which appear in the calf’s right ear.

Tattoo (Left ear)

If the calf is tattooed, indicate the numbers and/or letters which appear in the calf’s left ear.

Name of Calf

In the maximum of 30 spaces provided, write the name of the calf being registered, starting with the prefix of the breeder. Usually the name (or short form) of the sire's name appears next. Finally, the name of the calf is written in. Note: Blank spaces, “ET” suffixes, and “-P” suffixes all count in the maximum of 30 characters allowed.

Sire Name

Write the full name of the sire of the calf being registered.

Registration Number (sire)

Write the registration number of the sire of the calf being registered (usually 6-8 digits, and is found on the breeding slip).

Dam Name

Write the full name of the dam of the calf being registered.

Registration Number (dam)

Write the registration number of the dam of the calf being registered.

Continue this process for two additional animals in the remaining space on the registration form. Remember to sign and date the application form, indicating that all information contained in the form is true.

To complete the process, either:
1. Take a photocopy of the form, and send the original in the mail to Jersey Canada;
2. Fax the form to Jersey Canada, and keep the original.
Note: Extended pedigrees are available upon request at a fraction of the regular cost at the time of registration