The North American Limousin Foundation reminds producers that communicating seedstock ownership transfers to the proper breed associations sets the stage for satisfying relationships between commercial cattle producers and their genetic suppliers. Those documents communicate genetic merit and provide essential information for maximizing returns from seedstock investments. “It pays to seal the deal by requesting transfers,” says Frank Padilla, director of member and commercial relations for NALF. “Profitable calf crops are the result of known, superior genetics because reputation is important to buyers looking for quality feeder calves and replacement females. Receiving your animals’ registration papers solidifies your reputation as a professional cattle producer who is committed to genetic improvement.”

Kent Andersen, PhD, executive vice president at NALF, adds that when daughters of a sire or group of sires are retained and bred, documented pedigrees allow you to avoid inbreeding and, instead, generate maternal heterosis that improves lifetime reproductive efficiency, longevity and pounds-of-calf-weaned per cow exposed. Having past and current sires’ pedigrees at hand provides economically meaningful insight when selecting bulls that will go back on retained replacements. Padilla adds that cattle producers are entitled to have the official registration certificates transferred when they buy seed-stock. “If you did not take such title to your property in the past, contact your seedstock suppliers today and ask them to begin the process,” he says. “And the next time you purchase a registered animal, be sure to ask the seller to transfer the papers.”