In addition to the general Embryo Calves registration, it is also an Angus Australia requirement that the calf’s recipient dam be recorded on the database in order to register the Embryo Calf. Without the recipient dam recorded against the calf, the registration of the embryo calf cannot proceed.
The maternal effects of the recipient dam to an embryo calf are taken into consideration when calculating the EBVs. While the recipient dam doesn’t influence the genetics of the Embryo calves, the maternal effects from the recipient dam flow through to the Embryo and the resulting calf. Recipient dams’ information is collected so that these maternal effects to the calves can be accounted for when analysing the performance of the embryo calves through TACE.
*There is no fee to add Recipient Dams to the Angus Australia database.*
Females that are already registered on the Angus Australia database as either HBR, APR, ACR etc. can be downgraded to a recipient dam, and can be reinstated back to their original registration status at no additional cost, provided that an Embryo Calf has been recorded during the preceding 12 months and the ownership is unchanged.
The contractor or leasee would need to ensure that the Recipient Dam(s) that are implanted are recorded on the Angus Australia database as the Embryo Calves cannot be registered on the without this information.
It is still possible to register the Embryo Calves even if the contractor/leasee is not a member of Angus Australia. We can register the recipient dams under the calves registering herd with the above registration requirements.
If you any further enquiries regarding recipient dams or embryo calves, please feel free to contact the Member Services team on 02 6773 4600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.