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How to Complete the Herd Inventory & Application for Registration

We now offer a simple to use online system called AngusNOW. The new online registry system allows you to register calves, transfer animals, enter weaning and yearling weights, and dispose of animals. If you would like to use AngusNOW, please email to request access. Step-by-step instructions and how-to videos can be found on the AngusNOW page of our website.

If you choose to submit your work by paper please go here to download the excel spreadsheet and instructions: How to Complete the Herd Inventory & Application for Registration.



Guidelines for Naming Angus Cattle

All animals registered with the Canadian Angus Association must be named in accordance with the following rules:

  • Your registered herd name must be used it in its entirety in naming your cattle. Do not shorten or abbreviate your herd name in the animal’s name.
  • Names shall not exceed 30 character spaces, including all letters, spaces, dashes and/or apostrophes. Animals that are red in colour will automatically have “RED” added to their name, leaving 26 spaces for the breeder to complete the name.
  • If the name is longer than 30 character spaces, appropriate abbreviations will be made to achieve the 30 character length.
  • Avoid using characters other than numbers, letters, dashes, apostrophes and spaces.
  • Ensure that the name corresponds to the sex of the animal. It is recommended that females carry the same or part of their dam’s name in order to preserve family connections. Naming bulls may follow any pattern; however names can be derived from the name of the sire.
  • Often part of the tattoo is included in the name, in either format “Twisty Creek 14B” or “Twisty Creek 14’14” where the letter for 2014 is B.
  • Duplicate names are not permitted and the Association reserves the right to refuse any names which may be misleading as to the origin or relationship of an animal.
  • Imported animals shall be registered with the same name that appears on the foreign registration certificate. Animals which are red in colour will have the “RED” prefix added to their name.

To change the name of a registered animal, written notice must be provided to the Canadian Angus Association (use Application to Alter an Animal’s Name/Tattoo/Pedigree) Only the owner at birth can apply to change the name of a registered animal. If a new owner is applying for a name change, written permission is required from the owner at birth to complete.  Name changes are only allowed if progeny have not been registered with the Canadian Angus Association.

Canadian Angus Association Registration Requirements

For more information on animals that are eligible and ineligible for registration, please see Section C Regulatory Bylaws of the Constitution.

Calf Registration Requirements

  • Progeny must be registered by the person owning or leasing the dam at the time of birth.
  • If a change of ownership has taken place after the birth and before the registration of the calf, a transfer of ownership must be filed for the dam and the calf must be registered by the owner at the time of birth and then transferred separately.
  • Multiple births must be reported to allow for multiple registrations from the dam in that calving period.
  • In the event a gestation interval is questionable, a parentage test may be required.

Dam Registration Requirements

  • The dam must be registered or leased in the name of the member applying for registration.
  • A formal copy of all leases must be on file with the Association (use Application for Registration of Lease).

Sire Registration Requirements

  • All sires used for breeding must have a DNA parentage verification genotype on record with the Canadian Angus Association verifying sire qualification before their offspring can be registered.
  • If you are not the owner of the sire at the time of breeding, please have the owner of the sire sign beside your name on Herd Inventory and Application for Registration, or have the owner complete a Sire Authorization Form.
  • If the calf was a result of an AI service, then the calf can be registered provided the bull is AI approved.

Official Rules Governing Cell-Cloned Transplants

The following requirements apply when registering calves resulting from cell-cloned transplants:

  1. Only replication cell-cloned animals shall be eligible for registration. Genetically modified animals shall not be eligible for registration.
  2. The cell-donor animal and the cell-cloned animal must be DNA parentage verified.
  3. The breeder of the cell-donor animal must be identified as the breeder of the cell-cloned offspring.
  4. The owner on record of the cell-cloned donor, on the date of biopsy removal, will be identified as the first owner, unless the calf is a result of a pregnant recipient, purchased embryo, fresh or frozen, in which case the producer may be identified as the first owner.
  5. The Association may require DNA parentage verification of recipient dams.
  6. Calves conceived after death of cell-donor animals shall be eligible for registration under the same conditions and provisions governing the eligibility of calves prior to the death of said animal.
  7. Registration of cell-cloned transplants shall be made on a special form, provided by the Association, at the regular fee, plus an additional fee as determined by the Board of Directors.
  8. Registration certificates issued for cell-cloned transplants shall be so designated. The registration number of the animal, which is being cloned, shall also be stated on the certificate of registration.

Nothing set forth herein should be construed as an indication that the Association takes any position as to the ownership rights, if any, of retained cell material. That is a separate matter reserved for discussion or negotiation between the buyer and seller.

Commercial Animals

The Canadian Angus Association only issues registration papers for purebred Angus animals that the owner wishes to have registered. However, not all animals need to be registered. Breeders who participate in the Canadian Angus Performance Program record unregistered animals in the herdbook so that they can provide performance data for them. These unregistered animals will be entered into the Association’s database and assigned an identification number that begins with the letters “CM” (commercial). A registration certificate will NOT be issued for a commercial animal although its performance data will be included in our genetic evaluations.