A. Ownership- The ownership of registered ACA cattle is unlimited, if 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 thirty (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 thirty (30) 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 or branded 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) or brand, the year letter that corresponds to the year of birth of the animal. 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 or brand 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.
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 certificate. 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.