Tracking and recording genetic information is a crucial management practice for a healthy herd and a great marketing tool when selling your animals and the NBA has the tools to help you do it. Through the NBA’s North American Bison Registry (NABR), we offer DNA testing for just $35/head. The first step is to obtain a herd prefix from the NBA, which is free by emailing jim@bisoncentral.com, or by calling the NBA at 303-292-2833. The testing is facilitated through our partnership with the University of California – Davis. The NABR DNA testing service offers three types of DNA testing:

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 test: The percent of the total genetic markers recognized as historic lineage present in one individual of a particular species population.

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. Keep in a cool, dry place and the sample should stay well preserved. Mail the samples to:

NABR
PO Box 557
Stratford, OK 74872

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more and answer all of your registry questions.

The NABR, which is also the first bison Species Registry, lends credibility to breeding programs through an accurate and science-based record keeping system. The NABR was founded in 1980 and is a National Bison Association committee made up of scientists, bison ranchers, veterinarians and advisory council members; currently chaired by Gerald Parsons, DVM – Canadian River Bison, Stratford, OK.
 
You can now register animals online and order DNA testing securely and quickly here.
 
In 2016, the NABR adopted the following official position regarding modern bison genetics to educate media sources that publish misinformation on this issue, and to defend the reputation of ethical stewardship shared by all NBA members and producers today:
 
 
Conservation Herd Registry
 
Producers are now able to register their foundation herds as a conservation herd, and thereby record the growth of their herds that are being raised sustainably while contributing to bison conservation.  A 18 X 24 gate sign [below] comes with registration to recognize your participation the Conservation Herd Registry. Cost to participate is a one-time $110 fee to support administration of the program, along with a $50 annual reporting fee.
 
See all the details in the Conservation Herd Registry Bylaws.

To participate, complete and submit the application.

Free Conservation Herd Registry Gate Sign: