Paperwork Is Important

When you sell your car, you have to transfer ownership by filling out the 'application for transfer of ownership' on the back of your vehicle registration permit. This is the same process when you are transferring the ownership of a Jersey. This is really important as we cannot register offspring for the new owner until we receive and process the transfer for the original animal. The Animal Pedigree Act requires that all animals sold must be officially transferred by the seller within 6 months of the sale date. It's always better to send us this paperwork immediately and qualify for our '60 day transfer discount'.

Transfers of ownership - Sign it, send it!  

Transfer the animal to the buyer’s name and increase her value for the new owner! 

- The new owner will have FREE access to the animal’s full pedigree and performance information online.
- Progeny will be recorded with the correct prefix.
- Recognition will go to the correct farm for production awards, show awards, and Master Breeder awards.
- Proper tracking of animal movement. 

The Application for Transfer of Ownership is printed on the BACK of the registration certificate.


1. Indicate the buyer’s name, address, and date of sale.
2. The seller must SIGN the transfer.
3. Send the ORIGINAL HARD COPY transfer to Jersey Canada.  

Breeding Details

If the animal was pregnant at the time of sale, include the service sire and date.  This will ensure that the resulting calf carries the PREFIX of the owner of the animal at the time of breeding. 

Save Money

Transfer animals within 60 days of the date of sale to avoid late fees. Member Rate: $20 and $26 after 60 days. Non-Member Rate: $26 and $31 after 60 days. 

Transfer Quick Tips

Transferring from one Canadian owner to another
After the sale of the animal, the registration paper is signed by the original owner and submitted to Jersey Canada to register the transfer in the herd book. Whoever submits the certificate will be invoiced for this transaction unless otherwise specified. This applies to animals sold as part of a sale as well.

Please note:
-Rates increase 60 days after the date of sale;
-If the animal is bred at the time of sale, this information should be included as the resulting calf will be marked as bred by and will carry the prefix of the owner at the time of breeding;
-Certificates of animals owned by a partnership should have a signature from each partner unless a signing authority has been designated;
-If a certificate is submitted for transfer without the signature of the registered owner(s), Jersey Canada will contact the owner for confirmation.   

Transferring a Canadian animal to an American/other foreign owner
The animal must be transferred to the new owner in the Canadian herd book first. Jersey Canada will then communicate with the appropriate association to facilitate the addition of the animal to that herd book. The general rules for transfers to another Canadian apply to international transfers as well.   

Transferring a foreign animal to a Canadian owner 

Jersey Canada may have unique rules about which animals are considered purebred. In fact, some associations allow the use of non-purebred bulls. Jersey Canada does not, and animals sired by such bulls are counted at the recordation level and their offspring grade-up from that point.  

Therefore, before the animal can be entered into the Canadian herd book, it must FIRST be transferred in the original herd book. If you have purchased a foreign animal, have the original owner submit the transfer to their Breed Association and then contact Jersey Canada. We will work with the original association to enter the animal into the Canadian herd book. If you have any registration certificates for animals imported from another country please forward them to Jersey Canada.  Whether or not these animals have been transferred to your ownership we can work with the appropriate association to have these animals entered into the Canadian herd book.    

If the registration number does not qualify as a traceable number (according to CFIA rules) the new owner must then add a NLID OR ATQ tag. This new number will be used for traceability purposes only and will NOT be recognized as the animals registration number. So yes, in some cases your imported animal may have four ear tags!  

As always, we are here for you. If you have questions about an animal you are considering importing, contact us for assistance with pedigree research.

Transferring embryos domestically
When embryos are sold, the transfer of ownership must be made before the resulting calves can be registered. The calves will be registered as bred by the owner of the donor cow at the time of breeding unless otherwise specified. As with animal transfers, the transfer fees will be applied to the account of whoever submitted the transfer information. Flush recordation fees may also apply.   

Transferring embryos internationally
Canadian genetics are in demand throughout the world and Canadian breeders work with the Semex Alliance and other organizations to fulfill the demand for embryos. If you are transferring embryos through Semex’s embryo program, Semex will submit the transfer of ownership to Jersey Canada, but the owner of the embryos will be invoiced unless otherwise specified. If you object to this, please set the terms with Semex at the time of sale.

Click here for helpful instructions regarding cross-border transfers. 

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