For breeders looking to take advantage of many of the Canadian Angus membership services, the best value just may be the Angus Cow Enrollment program (ACE). The voluntary ACE program gives breeders the option to pay an annual fee of $65/cow enrolled to gain access to a full suite of member services provided at no extra cost.
By enrolling in the ACE program, breeders gain access to more than 30 member services. These services include:
Regional Association Membership Fee
* Calf Registration
* Weaning Weight Submissions
Yearling Weight Submissions
Ultrasound Scan Results Processing Charge
Canadian Angus Performance Program Membership Fee
* SNP Parentage Verification Test
AI Approval for Sire
Donor Dam Approval
Registration of Imported Animal
Registration of Lease
Registration of Herd Name
Registration of Tattoo Letters
Transfer of Herd Name of Tattoo Letters
Name Change of a Registered Animal
Sale Promotion Package
Online Herdbook Package
Herd Data Extract for On-Farm Software Program
*Canadian Angus Indicator Program RFID Indicator
Discounted services include: Angus GS Genomic Panel ($14 per test discount)
*These items must be accessed within two calendar years. For example, members have until December 31, 2021 to access services for cows enrolled on the program in 2020.
Membership & Programs of the Canadian Angus Association - A Comparison
• Members in good standing are eligible to vote and serve on the Board of Directors.
• May register eligible animals.
• Registered animals may compete in Canadian Angus Association Gold Shows and vie for the annual Show Female of the Year and Show Bull of the Year awards.
• Eligible to participate in the Canadian Angus Performance Program to receive Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs).
• Eligible to request pedigree extracts for sale catalogues, which may be posted on the Canadian Angus Association website.
• Members can receive enhanced web access through the AngusNOW section of the Canadian Angus Association website.
• If you have a valid email address on file, the monthly e-newsletter will be sent to you, keeping you informed about deadlines, news, policy changes and Association events.
• Field staff represent Canadian Angus Association members at sales and industry events across Canada.
• Membership in your provincial Angus association is included.
• Increased marketing opportunities through the Canadian Angus Indicator Program.
The Angus Cow Enrollment (ACE) program is the Canadian Angus Association’s voluntary fee schedule program.
The program allows members to access a full suite of Canadian Angus Association services at only $65 per active cow. The full list of services provided under the program is detailed on the following page. The current Canadian Angus Association fee schedule is still available to all members; ACE is an alternative fee program available for interested members.
A member’s ACE enrollment fee is based on the number of active cows in their inventory. If a breeder does not wish to enroll an animal in the ACE program, they must submit the Female Exposure and Disposal Worksheet by December 1 to indicate all cows that are no longer active.
The ACE program has flexible billing options that allow breeders to pay for ACE enrollment annually or tri-annually (January 1, April 1, October 1 for Spring herds and April 1, July 1 & October 1 for Fall herds). The ACE program is poised to simplify the breeder experience so members can spend less time paying bills and more time doing what matters to them.
In order to enroll in the program, interested members return their completed Female Exposure and Disposal Worksheets which are sent out in the fall and due December 1 each year.
The Canadian Angus Association strives to provide its members with tools to improve breed health and profitability. The most powerful breeding tools used to evaluate cattle herds are Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs). EPDs are values that predict how the future progeny of an animal will perform relative to the progeny of other animals in the breed. EPDs allow for a fair
comparison of animals from different herds.
Members who participate in the Canadian Angus Performance Program (CAPP) have the advantage of accessing EPDs on their animals. Based on total herd reporting, CAPP members are required to submit either a calf or an action code for all females and weaning weights on all calves. Not all calves are required to be registered however they must be recorded with an appropriate tattoo/tag identification number, birth date, and sex.
Members also submit performance (weaning weights, yearling weights, mature cow weights, docility, Body Condition score, Teat & Udder, Feet traits), fertility and carcass data on paper through the office or through AngusNOW. The 205-day weight is a mandatory weight and the most important weight for genetic evaluation purposes. Any animals without weights must be
disposed of using a designated fate code. Contemporary group information is required for all aspects of reporting as they are very important in the function of EPDs.
An example of what a year on ACE might look like:
- Annual or first of their tri-annual payment due for spring herds
- Credit DNA technology account (1 test/cow)
- Credit Angus indicator account (1 RFID/cow)
February to October
- Register calves and transfer calves
- Process parentage verification or genomic test requests
- Record performance information
- Process pedigree extracts and promote sales
- Second tri-annual payment due for spring herds
- Annual or first of their tri-annual payment due for fall herds
- Third tri-annual payment due for spring herds
- Second tri-annual payment due for fall herds
- Third tri-annual payment due for fall herds
- Female Exposure & Disposal Worksheet
- Return deadline: December 1
- Deadline to enroll in ACE: December 1
- Spring Herd Inventory & Application for Registration
Membership & Programs of the Canadian Angus Association - A Comparison of Fees
For the PDF of the comparison of Membership & Program descriptions and fees, please see below in the forms section.