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 parentage and diversity 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.

The NABR, which is also the first Species Registry, lends credibility to breeding programs through an accurate and science-based record keeping system. The NABR was founded in 1980 and is an NBA 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 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. 18 X 24 gate sign [below] comes with registration. 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: