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, DVM (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.
North American Bison Registry Fee Structure:
DNA testing – all types – $35/head
Registry fee (13 months and older) – $25
Registry fee (Under 13 months) – $20
Registry transfer fee – $15 within 60 days of sale
Registry transfer fee – $30 past 60 days of sale
Conservation Herd Registry application fee – $110
Conservation Herd Registry annual renewal – $50
You can register animals online and order DNA testing securely and quickly here, or by calling the NBA office at 303-292-2833.
Downloadable NABR Forms:
DNA Certified Parentage Registry Form (For testing to register in NABR)
To participate, complete and submit the application.
Free Conservation Herd Registry Gate Sign: