The NAAB Uniform Code
The NAAB Uniform Code conveys three useful pieces of information:
- A one to three digit numeric code indicating where the semen was processed.
- A two letter alpha code designating the breed of the bull (HO = Holstein)
- A one to five digit numeric code identifying the bull which produced the semen.
Enrolling a bull's code in the NAAB Cross Reference Program makes his NAAB uniform code a useful identification tool throughout the dairy industry.
Proper identification of a bull's eligible daughters is the most important reason to participate. Because the NAAB code is conveniently available at the time of insemination, it is a common form of sire identification. However, before a cow's production record can be used for genetic evaluations, her sire needs to be identified with a registration number. Enrollment in the cross reference program enables a sire's NAAB code to be converted to his registration number.
If you are planning to progeny test a bull in multiple herds, you will have little control over how a bull's daughters will be identified. Many production records are not used in genetic evaluations because the sire is not properly identified. By listing your bull in the NAAB Cross Reference Program you will make his NAAB uniform code a proper form of identification. This will increase the chances that all of a bull's daughters will get properly identified. He will then receive an earlier and more complete genetic evaluation.
Participation in the Cross Reference Program is open to any bonafide owner or lessee of a dairy bull with an NAAB code.
How does it work?
The NAAB Cross Reference Program operates on a cycle corresponding with the CDCB genetic evaluations. To initially enroll in the program, simply contact NAAB and we will supply the necessary forms and information. For a bull to be included in the genetic evaluation, he needs to be enrolled by the data due dates listed below.
After the initial enrollment, NAAB will send you a list of previously enrolled bulls before each evaluation. This will allow you to update any information on these bulls, or to add any bulls which have just been collected.
Participants pay a one time enrollment fee. They also pay for each NAAB uniform code enrolled in the program. For the exact amounts, contact Donna Craig at NAAB (email@example.com).