Breeders are encouraged to add value to their stock by obtaining pedigree certificates for their MRI cattle. Not only are prospective buyers looking for such proof of the animal’s ancestry, having confirmation of one’s herd’s pedigree status is also advantageous in the unfortunate case of a disease outbreak within the herd.
Any Member of the Society who wishes to register cattle born into his herd shall register a herd prefix for which a one-off charge will be raised.
Registered cattle will be identified by the National I.D. (official DAFM ear tag) number. Animals will also be identified by the breeder’s herd prefix and an animal name. Registrations are processed and pedigree certificates are issued through ICBF’s data base which is linked to CMMS. For this purpose, breeders are required to authorise DAFM to disclose to the Society relevant data concerning their herd. The relevant form is available from the Secretary.
All imported, eligible cattle can be registered in the appropriate section of the Irish herd book once issued with a National I.D. by sending a registration request together with a copy of the animal’s export certificate to the Secretary.
Where calves are born as a result of artificial insemination from a bull registered in the Society’s herd book or another eligible MRI herd book, the official insemination certificate should be forwarded to the Society. Where more than one insemination has been made, all official insemination certificates shall be forwarded.
All stock bulls must be DNA tested in order for the progeny to be registered.
In addition to registration of pure bred MRI cattle, the herd book also provides for a grading-up program which facilitates a grade-up to pedigree status within three generations:-
For further information on registering or upgrading your cattle, please contact the MRI Society