Parentage: used to determine exact parental lineage lines (i.e. multiple sire herds or large herds where pairing calves and cows can be difficult.)
Hybridization: used to determine if cattle allele introgression has occurred within and animal or family of animals.
Gene(tic) Diversity/Historic Lineage: The percent of the total genetic markers recognized as historic lineage present in one individual of a particular species population.
How to collect hair samples:
For DNA testing, please pluck 20 – 30 tail hairs with good follicles on the end, which is what will provide good DNA analysis. Save those hair samples in a PAPER envelope (No plastic please), and properly identify envelope with animal identification. Keep in a cool, dry place and the sample should stay well preserved.
If you are collecting skin samples via DNA dart, please contact NABR Chairman Connor Elliott (816-724-5323) or Jim Matheson (303-292-2833) directly before collecting or shipping samples. If shipping, please mail to:
National Bison Association
8690 Wolff Ct. #200
Westminster, CO 80031
Please note that lab turn-around time for DNA tests is approximately 6 weeks. You can now register animals online and order DNA testing securely and quickly here.
The NABR is working on developing an online registration and testing system that it hopes to have completed in 2018. For the time being, please download the appropriate North American Bison Registry form to participate. You can complete the forms and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to (303)845-9081.
To participate, complete and submit the application.
Free Conservation Herd Registry Gate Sign: