Animal registration is the core program of the Ayrshire Breeders' Association. By accurately recording and tracking animal identity and ancestral history, the association provides a valuable service by helping its members determine which animals have the best opportunities for transmitting superior genetics for production and functional type traits from one generation to the next. The registration of eligible Ayrshires contributes to a comprehensive database of valuable genetic information used by members for making wise breeding decisions for improved profitability. The data base also allows dairy industry researchers to study factors which relate to reproduction efficiency, milk composition and food safety, and economics.
The official animal identification and performance records of registered Ayrshires support the credibility of breeders who sell their cattle for premium value. Official registration application forms are available from the Ayrshire Breeders' Association. Individual registration fees are dependent upon membership status of the applicant and age and gender of the animal. A listing of registry fees is available from the ABA office.