COMING SOON to the registry that works for YOU. . .
More innovation for Dexter owners!
The focus of Legacy has always been the Dexter breed and it's owners! Striving to imagine and implement ideas that are progressive and innovative.
Legacy was the first to recognize the importance of DNA genotypes and parentage confirmation, and established the first database of DNA genotyped Dexters at UCD- a half decade before the dominant registry in the breed deemed it a worthy effort.
Legacy brought A2 testing to America, for ALL cattle owners. . . and then worked to establish the first laboratory location where ALL tests could be ordered with one sample, and at at price less than half what owners were paying for testing elsewhere. Other labs were forced to reduce prices.
Legacy imagined direct testing at UCD with contract pricing, and worked with UCD to implement the program many of you find simple and expedient.
Beginning January 1, 2016.. . . Legacy will provide a modern, innovative, non-genotype registry for owners. Registry requirements will mirror and continue the progressive ideas of Legacy, yet answer the needs and concerns of many owners.
Updates and information will be on the Legacy pages soon!
Here's an idea...if the registry is going to be a "non-genotype" registry, what are the chances of providing the ability for people to still pull tail hairs and put them on file/stored at UCDavis for a small fee, without the testing, so that the parentage could be confirmed at a later date should the owner or a new owner wish to register with the ADCA or upgrade to genotyped and parent verified? Part of this would neccesitate that the hairs belong to the Dexter cow/bull itself or to Legacy Registry, and not the owner, so that anybody with an interest in the Dexter or their parents/grandparents, etc... could have all the tests done. I don't really understand some of the breeders out there that are so stuck on the privacy issue, as long as your breeding practices are ethical and accurate what is the issue? The results would belong to everybody, so to speak. Kind or like a "Socialist" registry...lol Not my preferred type of government, but in the Dexter world it might be doable and attractive option for some to use. Certainly there would be some philanthropy on the part of some breeders, who would be the first to test a calf's parent(s), that they don't own, to get parent verification, for that testing would ultimately benefit owners who also happened to have progeny but not a need or desire to test the parents.
you are very close to the plan! I suggested on several occasions ADCA should do this .........but........they stay too focused on Legacy to come up with anything original on their own.
Tailhairs amd (perhaps a photo) will be a requirememt for registration, and they will be archived similar to the system at UCD. UCD will not archive without testing but has advised on tjeir system of archiving. The owner will have to cede ownership of the sample so that it can be used for genotyping and parentage comparisons if another breeder has need to do so and is willing tp cover the costs of testing.
I like the photo requirement to go along with it. It's not like anybody doesn't have a digital camera now, or even e mail. I think that it is a great idea and it provides a low cost home for any Dexters that will be lost with the upcoming genotype requirement for heifers. I know a few of our customers would probably use this, they're pretty disgusted with the annual cost just to have a couple of cows that might make a heifer that they can sell. Many of them had no idea of the genotype vote, because they hadn't sent in their dues without a calf to register (or just hadn't gotten around to it yet).
So they have two Dexters, and they're not going to spend $35 for dues, plus $50 to genotype and register, not to mention the $25 fee for transfer should they decide to sell. They'd rather just sell the unregistered heifer for $200 less, or if somebody really wanted their Dexter in the ADCA, they'll pass the cost on to the new owner for the catch up of the genotype and registration costs. Having the tail hairs on file will at least make this possible.