FAQ's About Registration
Do I have to include the sow productivity information when I record a litter?
No, you do not have to be on the sow productivity program to register a litter. However if you would like to participate in STAGES you can do so by completing the sow productivity information.
What do I need to register pigs out of a boar I own?
If you are registering a litter out of a sire you own, be sure to have a blotter (DNA) card on file in the American Berkshire Association office. To obtain a card, please order one from the ABA office. The card must be an FTA card (these cards are specially treated to preserve the sample for many years). Blood or clean semen can be put on the card. Directions come with the card and are available on the ABA website. Starting January 1, 2012 all sires must be stress tested before litters will be recorded out of them. Sires may be stress negative, carrier or positive, but they must be tested. The ABA board encourages everyone to test gilts that they purchase for the stress gene. Please turn these results into the office so it can be noted in the pedigree system (even if your animal is a negative mating, we do note in the system when animals are actually tested).
What does registration cost?
See price sheet in the box in the form list at right.
How do I obtain a herdmark?
You must come up with a unique herdmark if you want to register litters with the American Berkshire Association. A herdmark is a combination of two to four letters that are included as a part of the registered name of each animal that you register. This information can be included on the membership application. A list of currently used herdmarks is available on the ABA website. The cost of a herdmark is $5.
How do I get an AI certificate from a boar stud?
If you purchased semen, be sure to call the boar stud to order your AI certificate before sending in your litter registration information. You must know the boar's name and either the farrowing date of the litter, or the date the semen was ordered. Make sure to ask for the ear notch and registration number of the boar so you can complete your registration application. If you don't have the ear notch and registration number, be sure to write the boars name on the litter application so we can match the correct sire to the correct litter.
What information do I need to register a litter?
To register, you need to know your breeder number (this number is above your name on the pedigree), herdmark and whether you're recording as a member or non-member. You also need to know the sire (father) and dam's (mother) registered name, ear notch, registration number, sex of each individual pig and the litter's farrowing date. If the litter is A.I.'d, you must contact the boars stud and order an AI certificate. If you A.I.'d and do not know the ear notch and registration number of the boar, be sure to include the sire's name on the registration form so we can match the AI certificate with the correct litter.
How do I obtain a username and password to use the online registration and transfer feature?
To register online you must call Amy Smith at the American Berkshire Association office at 765-497-3618 to obtain a username and password. You must be a member of the ABA in good standing to register online. You will also have to have current credit card information on file.
How do I register a litter of pigs?
There are many ways to record a litter – you can complete the Forms and Litter Registration Form. Forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to the ABA office. You can also register online (to obtain a username and password, please contact the office). We must receive payment at the time of registration (so if you fax, email or do online we need to have credit card information on file). We do not register litters over the phone. The cost for members is $18/litter if under 90 days of age and $51/litter if over 90 days. Nonmember rates are $41/litter if under 90 days of age and $101/litter if over 90 days.