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AMERICAN CHIANINA ASSOCIATION RULES FOR REGISTRATION

RULE I – ACA CATTLE REGISTRY
A. General
The American Chianina Association (ACA) shall originate and maintain a complete set of cattle records, which shall be placed into a permanent file and properly indexed. The file shall be known as the ACA Registry. It shall contain applications for registration, certificates of registration, application for transfer of ownership, plus such other information records or documents relevant to the registration of Chianina cattle, Chianina based composite breeds, and Chianina influenced cattle (hereafter “ACA cattle” or “ACA animal”).

B. ACA Registry
The Chief Executive Officer of the ACA shall cause to be kept and preserved in the office of the ACA a full and complete record known as the ACA registry, containing a record of:
1. The *tattoo (including herd prefix, year letter, and unique individual number within gender), name, color, whether the animal is horned, polled, or scurred, date of birth, sex, breeder, owner, sire and/or dam registration number (or genetic makeup of commercial cows) or every ACA animal accepted for entry in the ACA Registry in accordance with the rules and regulations governing entries herein; and
2. All transfers of ownership of registered ACA cattle.
RULE II - ACA CATTLE- QUALIFICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION
A. FULLBLOOD CHIANINA
Fullblood registration shall extend to and be available to all bulls and females having not less than 100% Chianina blood, provided that:
1. The sire and dam are registered in the ACA Registry.
2. Imported Chianina in other countries herdbook are registered with the respective breed association herdbook of the country of origin and the owner of the animal to be registered shall file a copy of the registration certificate of the country of origin with the ACA.
B. COMPOSITE BREEDS

1. Chiangus- ACA cattle known as “Chiangus” are eligible for registration based upon any mating between Chianina, Chiangus, Red Chiangus, Angus or Red Angus registered with the American Angus Association, American Red Angus Association or the ACA, as a *Foundation “F” parent which results in a black (white allowed on the underline only) polled, or scurred offspring that contains no more than 6.25% of another breed may be registered as a Chiangus. Animals designated as *Commercial “C” will not be allowed in Chiangus registrations. *Scurs or scur tissue cannot be altered or removed (surgically or otherwise) from Chiangus born after January 1, 1992.
2. Red Chiangus- ACA cattle known as “Red Chiangus” are eligible for registration based upon any mating between Chianina, Red Chiangus, Chiangus, Angus, or Red Angus registered with the American Angus Association, American Red Angus Association, or the ACA as a *Foundation “F” parent which results in a Red (white allowed on the underline only) polled or scurred offspring that contain no more than 6.25% of another breed may be registered as a Red Chiangus. Animals designated as *Commercial “C” will not be allowed in Red Chiangus registrations. *Scurs or scur tissue cannot be altered or removed (surgically or otherwise) from Red Chiangus born after January 1, 1992.
3. Chiford- ACA cattle known as “Chiford” are eligible for registration based upon *any mating between Fullblood Chianina, Chiford, Hereford, or Polled Hereford, registered with the American Hereford Association or the ACA as a *Foundation “F” or *Commercial Hereford “CH” parent which results in an offspring whose color can range from a pale fawn or cream to a dark red with a range from typical Hereford red and white color pattern to solid red or reddish color. The resulting offspring may be polled, scurred or horned. Animals designated “C” will not be allowed in Chiford registrations.
4. Chimaine- ACA cattle known as “Chimaine” are eligible for registration based upon any mating between Chianina, Chimaine, Chiangus or Maine-Anjou, registered with the American Maine-Anjou Association and/or the ACA as a *Foundation “F” or *Commercial “C” parent. Resulting offspring must contain Chianina and Maine-Anjou genetics, may be polled, scurred, or horned and there are no color restrictions.
5. Percentage Chianina - ACA cattle know as “Chianina” are eligible for registration based upon any mating resulting in cattle having Chianina genetics but do not qualify for registration in any of the afore mentioned composites.

*The 6.25% rule is in effect for all Chianina Assoc. Sponsored shows including the National Junior Heifer Show. If born on OR after 1-1-12 must be 6.25% OR higher. Please call the office with questions.

RULE III- PERFORMANCE DATA

Effective January 1, 1992 performance data of calving ease, birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, (and date(s)weighed) appropriately available for the age of the animal at the time of registration shall be provided with the registration application. If not available at the time of registration, then the owner must provide data as soon as possible thereafter.

RULE IV- OTHER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
A. Ownership- The ownership of registered ACA cattle is unlimited, provided that the transfer of each interest to each “partial interest owner” is properly indicated on the transfer section on the application for registration or registration certificate. This includes syndicated cattle, semen interest, and embryo interest.
B. First owner originates application for registration. It is the responsibility of the first owner (owner at the time of birth) to properly identify (herd prefix and tattoo) and register an ACA animal. Upon sale, it is the responsibility of the first owner to transfer the ACA animal to the new owner.
C. Multiple Births- In the case of twins or multiple births, a separate application for registration must be submitted for each animal. When applying for registration of twins, or one member of twins, check the box on the registration application indicating the animal is registered as a twin.
D. Names of animals
1. Subject to Item H, below, the names of animals being registered shall not exceed twenty four (30) letters, numbers and spaces (characters). This includes prefix and punctuations.
2. Names of imported cattle shall be the same as shown on the certificate of registry from the country or origin (providing the name does not exceed twenty-four (24) characters). See D1 above.
3. The names of registered cattle, including imported cattle, can be changed with the written consent of the first owner of the animal providing the animal has no registered offspring in the ACA Registry and the proper fee is paid.
E. Correction of certificates. When certificates are received from the ACA, they should be checked immediately for accuracy. If an error is found, the certificate should be returned to the ACA for correction. Any writing on a certificate intended to falsify the records will invalidate the certificate and necessitate the issuance of a duplicate at a cost to the holder. No alterations of any kind can be made on a registration certificate. Errors made by the ACA will be corrected free of charge. For errors made by the owner, the regular correction fee will be charged.
F. Duplicate certificates. A duplicate certificate of registration can be obtained by contacting the ACA registrar.
G. Herd Prefixes
1. Everyone registering cattle in the ACA Registry is required to have and use an ACA approved herd prefix. Prefixes assigned to members that remain non-active for ten (10) or more years are subject to reassignment by the ACA.
2. Herd prefixes may be two (2), three (3) or four (4) letters and must be tattooed on all ACA cattle and recorded with the ACA. See Appendix for Tattoo information.
3. All herd prefixes are assigned by the ACA on a first come first served basis. Family members residing at the same address may use the same herd prefix.
4. The ACA will only assign one (1) herd prefix per paid membership. Breeders wanting more than one (1) prefix must have a paid membership for each assigned prefix.
H. International year letter. All ACA cattle registered with the ACA must include as the last digit of every identification tattoo (see appendix for tattoo information), the year letter that corresponds to the year of birth of the animal.
A-1991 G-1997 N-2003 W-2009
B-1992 H-1998 P-2004 X-2010
C-1993 J-1999 R-2005 Y-2011
D-1994 K-2000 S-2006 Z-2012
E-1995 L-2001 T-2007 A-2013
F-1996 M-2002 U-2008 B-2014
The letters I, O, Q and V (after 1987) are not used.
I. The application for registration. Application for registration on animals must be typed or printed on an approved Application for Registration form from the ACA and shall provide the following information:
1. Name of Animal.
2. Sex of Animal.
3. Date of birth, month, day, year.
4. Tattoo of the animal including herd prefix, year letter, and an individual identification number that is unique to this animal. See appendix for tattoo information.
5. Horned, polled or scurred status.
6. Color.
7. Breeder’s (and owner’s) ACA member number (if a member), name and address.
8. ACA number and name of sire.
9. ACA number and name of dam.
10. Breed (s) of sire and dam if not registered in the ACA Registry.
11. A foundation animal of another breed, if registered, must have the pedigree printed on the ACA cerificate. The breeder must send the ACA a copy of the foundation animal’s pedigree.
12. Owners must designate if the individual animal is a twin, clone or embryo transfer.
RULE V- ACA VOLUNTARY ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM.
1. Only bulls registered with the ACA are eligible for the program.
2. The owner(s) of any eligible bull, not previously used via artificial insemination by other breeders (non-owners), may enroll the bull in the Voluntary Artificial Insemination Certificate Program. The owner(s) must submit to the ACA the completed form. Every owner of the bull enrolled in the program must sign the form. The enrollment fee is $100 per bull.
3. The owner(s) of a bull enrolled in the program may obtain artificial insemination certificates for said bull from the ACA at a cost of ten ($10) per certificate. Every certificate will be numbered and will carry the name of the bull to which one progeny per certificate can be registered with the ACA. Certificates are not redeemable.
4. Only the ACA will provide artificial insemination certificates for bulls enrolled in the program.
5. Progeny born after January 1, 1999, which are sired by a bull enrolled in the program, will be registered to non-owners of the bull only if the appropriate artificial insemination certificate signed by the owner of the bull accompanies the application for registration.
6. A recorded owner or an individual who was a recorded owner of the enrolled bull at the time of conception to produce the progeny may register progeny of an enrolled bull without an artificial insemination certificate.
7. The owner(s) of any bull previously used for artificial insemination may enroll the bull in the program by:
(a) Completing and signing the appropriate application form and paying the enrollment fee of $100.
(b) Purchasing from the ACA artificial insemination certificates and agreeing to provide such certificates to any applicants for registration of progeny of the bull where the progeny were conceived by artificial insemination using semen from the bull that was purchased or acquired prior to enrollment to the bull in the program.
8. When ownership of bull is transferred, all unused AI certificates will be transferred to the new owner(s).
9. There are no expiration dates on the AI certificates. Certificates are issued to the named bull and are not transferable to another bull.
10. A.I. certificates are not valid unless signed by the authorized owner of the bull.
RULE VI- NON TRANSGENIC CLONES AND EMBRYO TRANSPLANTS
A. Embryo Transplants
1. Cattle resulting from embryo transfer procedures are registered the same as all other ACA cattle. Blood typing and or DNA testing samples are required for the sire prior to semen collection and dam prior to embryo collection.
2. The owner of the donor dam at time of embryo collection will be listed as the breeder of the resulting offspring.
B. Non-Transgenic Clones
1. Only replication cell-cloned animals shall be eligible for registration with the ACA. Genetically modified animals will not be eligible for registration.
2. The cell-donor animal must be DNA tested and be registered with the ACA.
3. For registration purposes, the owner of the resultant animal will be designated as the first owner and will be responsible for the registration and DNA testing of the individual.
4. Clones conceived after the death of the cell-donor animals will be eligible for registration.
5. The owner of record of the cell-donor, on the date of biopsy removal, will be identified as the breeder.
6. Registration of cell-cloned transplants shall be made on a normal application for registration and the owner must designate the animal is a clone. All cell-cloned animals will be charged regular registration and transfer fees with an additional charge of $75.00 for handling fees per animal.
7. Registration certificates for cell-clones will be designated with the word CLONE in bold lettering across it.
8. DNA marker typing of cell-cloned animals or recipient dams may be required by the ACA.
9. The ACA has taken the position that each cell-clone will be the determinant of it’s own EPD as computed through the performance records of offspring.
10. Upon sale and transfer of all animals within the ACA, disclosure of any retained genetic material which could be used for possible future production of a clone is required. If not disclosed at time of sale, resulting clones will be deemed non-registerable without the signature of the owner of the founder animal. Resulting clone may be registered once signature has been obtained.
The ACA reserves the right to require additional testing of genetic material at the owner’s expense of all clones if and when technological advances are made where differences in actual clones can be determined.
RULE VII- MULTIPLE SIRE REGISTRATION
A. All bulls used in a naturally mated multi-sire group must be registered with the ACA and have blood or DNA samples on file. Breeders should contact the ACA office for blood or DNA kits.
B. Breeders will be allowed to use multi-sire groups, however to qualify for registration, resulting offspring must be DNA tested to determine their actual sire. Under certain scenarios, the breeder may be required to DNA test both the sire and dam of the offspring for parental verification.
C. Upon sale of a female mated within a multi-sire group, it is the responsibility of the buyer to DNA test resulting calf before registration.
D. Breeder/seller will be responsible for DNA testing of all calves sold at side of dam or sold as an individual before that calf can be registered with the ACA.
RULE VIII- BLOOD TYPING AND DNA TESTING
A. All sires intended for use with artificial insemination (A.I.) must be blood typed or DNA tested before semen is distributed.
B. All embryo donor cows must be blood typed or DNA tested.
When parentage is questioned, blood typing or DNA testing will be required and the questioning party shall bear all the cost. For blood typing or DNA testing materials you must contact the ACA office for instructions or referral to a laboratory approved by the ACA.

RULE IX- TRANSFER OF ANIMALS
A. Certificates for cattle to be transferred shall be properly completed and signed by the owner listed on the registration certificate and submitted to the ACA for processing.
B. Certificates for cattle to be transferred must give the printed name and address of the new owner(s), the date of sale, and if a female, whether open or bred, and if bred, the date(s) bred, and the name and registration number of the service sire; and any other information necessary for such transfer.
C. Partial interest, semen interest and embryo interest transfers shall be treated the same as a regular transfer. In the event of multiple owners, transfer fees must be paid for each person receiving a registration certificate on the animal being transferred.
RULE X- OFFICIAL PUBLICATION

The official publication of the ACA is the American Chianina Journal (ACJ) that is owned and operated by the ACA.

APPENDIX

A. Definition of Parent Animals Not Registered in the ACA Registry

1. *Foundation Parent: Any parent entered into the ACA Registry that was not accompanied with registration documentation from another breed association prior to 5/01/01. Foundation parents are designated with the letter “F” on ACA registration certificates.
2. *Commercial “C” parents: Any parent entered into the ACA herdbook that was not accompanied with registration documentation from another recognized breed association as of 5/01/01. These parents are designated with a letter “C” on the ACA registration certificates. Commercial “C” cows will at no time be allowed in any generation of a Chiangus or Red Chiangus pedigree.
3. *Commercial Hereford,“CH” parents: Any parent entered into the ACA herdbook that was not accompanied with registration documentation from the American Hereford Association and whose genetic makeup is predominately Hereford based.

B. Definition of Generations of ACA Registry Composite Breeds.

CHIANGUS
1. 1CA (First generation Chiangus): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 1. CAX x any Chiangus (1CA, 2CA, or PCA) wich results in a 1CA calf if mating results in an offspring who has 6.25% or less of any breed other than Chianina or Angus.
2. 2CA (Second generation Chiangus): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 1, and have no less than one generation Chiangus on both sides of their pedigree (beginning with their sire and dam). Examples of acceptable Chiangus matings that would result in a 2CA (second generation Chiangus) are:
(a) 1CA x 1CA= 2CA
(b) 1CA x 2CA= 2CA
(c) 1CA x PCA= 2CA
3. PCA (Purebred Chiangus): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 1, and have a minimum of two consecutive generations Chiangus on both sides of their pedigree (beginning with their sire and dam). Examples of acceptable Chiangus matings that would result in a PCA (Purebred Chiangus) are:
(a) 2CA x 2CA= PCA
(b) 2CA x PCA= PCA
(c) PCA x PCA= PCA
RED CHIANGUS
1. 1RC (First generation Red Chiangus): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 2.
2. 2RC (Second generation Red Chiangus): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 2, and have no less than one generation Red Chiangus on both sides of their pedigree (beginning with their sire and dam). Examples of acceptable Red Chiangus matings that would result in a 2RC (second generation Red Chiangus) are:
(a) 1RC x 1RC= 2RC
(b) 1RC x 2RC= 2RC
(c) 1RC x PRC= 2RC
3. PRC (Purebred Red Chiangus): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 2, and have a minimum of two (2) consecutive generations Red Chiangus on both sides of their pedigree (beginning with their sire and dam). Examples of acceptable Red Chiangus matings that would result in a PRC (purebred Red Chiangus) are:
(a) 2RC x 2RC= PRC
(b) 2RC x PRC= PRC
(c) PRC x PRC= PRC

CHIFORD

1. 1CF (First generation Chiford): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 3.
2. 2CF (Second generation Chiford): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 3, and have no less than two (2) consecutive generations Chiford on both sides of their pedigree (beginning with their sire and dam). Examples of acceptable Chiford matings that would result in a 2CF (Second generation Chiford) are:
(a). 1CF x 1CF= 2CF
(b). 1CF x 2CF= 2CF
(c). 1CF x PCF= 2CF
3. PCF (Purebred Chiford): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which result in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 3, and have a minimum of three (3) consecutive generations Chiford on both sides of their pedigree (beginning with their sire and dam). Examples of acceptable Chiford matings that would result in a PCF (purebred Chiford) are:
(a) 2CF x 2CF= PCF
(b) 2CF x PCF= PCF
(c) PCF x PCF= PCF
CHIMAINE
1. 1CM (First generation Chimaine): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 4.
2. 2CM (Second generation Chimaine): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 4, and have no less than two (2) consecutive generations Chimaine on both sides of their pedigree (beginning with their sire and dam). Examples of acceptable Chimaine matings that would result in a 2CM (second generation Chimaine) are:
(a) 1CM x 1CM= 2CM
(b) 1CM x 2CM= 2CM
(c) 1CMx PCM= 2CM
3. PCM (Purebred Chimaine): Any mating between two parents registered in the ACA Registry which results in offspring that meet the ACA Registry requirements under Rule II, Section C, Article 4, and have a minimum of three (3) consecutive generations Chimaine on both sides of their pedigree (beginning with their sire and dam). Examples of acceptable Chimaine matings that would result in a PCM (purebred Chimaine) are:
(a) 2CM x 2CM= PCM
(b) 2CM x PCM= PCM
(c) PCM x PCM= PCM
TATTOO
All cattle submitted for registration in the ACA Registry must be identified with a permanent tattoo placed in the animal’s ear. An acceptable ACA tattoo must contain the owners herd prefix, international year letter, and an individual identification number that is unique to that individual animal. Owners may not use the same identification number within the same birth year on animals of the same sex.

SCURS
Scurs or scur tissue may not be removed or altered from cattle registered in the ACA Registry as Chiangus or Red Chiangus and exhibited at ACA sponsored shows. Surgically altering scurs and or pasting with caustic paste, grinding, sanding, or shelling off the scurrs will cause the animal to be removed from the Chiangus or Red Chiangus herdbook and placed in the Chianina (Chi-influenced ) herdbook.