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 3 types of DNA testing for just $35/head. The first step is to obtain a herd prefix from the NBA, which is free by emailing email@example.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.) Please note, parents need to have been DNA tested previously to match any DNA data.
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.
Downloadable NABR Forms:
DNA Certified Parentage Registry Form (For testing to register in NABR)
DNA Testing Form (Testing only – No registry)
Individual Animal Registry Form (Just for registering in NABR)
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more and answer all of your registry questions and see the complete NABR bylaws here.
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 Connor Elliott, DVM – Noisy Crow Bison, Durango, Colorado.
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: