TOPICS IN MEMBERS AREA
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- Herd Book Database login
- Herd Book Animal enquiry
- Herd Book Member enquiry
- Herd Health
- Guidance for members
- Guidance for Promotional Groups
- Guidance for Council
- Fees for ALCA services
- Forms & Other Downloads
- Health Requirements for Showing Cattle
Herd Book Database Login
Herd Book Animal enquiry
Herd Book Member enquiry
There are always questions about the health of your cattle. This area is to assist ALCA members in understanding some of the more common problems or diseases that can affect cattle.
This information has come from state Government Agricultural Departments or research programs. Further information, if required, can be sought by contacting your local Government Agricultural Department or your local cattle Veterinarian.
Viral Infections & Vaccinations
Guidance for Members
Rules on Use of Trade Mark – By-Law 4.2
Procedure for Transfers – By-Law 5
Acceptable Methods of Breeding – By-Law 6
Registration Procedure – By-Law 7
Mandatory Animal Identification – By-Law 8
Code of Ethics – By-Law 10
Guidance for Promotional Groups
Guidance for Promotion Groups – designed to assist Promotion Group Committees on
- shared Association funding opportunities for projects, promotion and advertising
- Promotional pool funding guidelines
- Funding application form
- Project funding reconciliation report
- for members joining Promotion Group Committees.
Guidance for Council
Guidance document under review, members will be advised when it is posted to the website
Council encourages members to recommend information to be included in guidance documents. Please pass your recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fees for ALCA services
Forms & Other Downloads
Below are the necessary forms and documentation that will assist you with the required genetic tests (DNA) for the recording, registration and maintenance of your herd with the association.
Also forms and information needed for health testing (BVDV – Pestivirus) required by some show societies, especially for National Shows.
We have provided downloads for Stud Header Cards for shows and testimonials and articles suitable for promotion of your stud and the breed.
Tips for Herd Management might also be helpful to you, especially if you are a new Member. Items will be added to this section as they are requested.
There are also documents (PDF) throughout the website suitable for download that you might find suitable for promotion as well.
The ALCA office has other promotional material – flyers, bumper stickers, magnets – that are available for members to use for promotion.
If you need any of these, please contact email@example.com and they will be sent to you.
Cattle Recording & Registration Form
* Instructions for Registrations/Recording using the Registration Form
* Instructions for ONLINE Registrations/Recording
* How to Simplify your Cattle Registrations
Factsheet – Hair Sample Collecting for DNA Testin
Geneseek – DNA, PV & Coat Color Testing (Single or Multiple Samples)
Please note: Geneseek has now taken over the Animal Genetics Laboratory of the University of Queensland for all you hair samples
Zoetis – DNA, PV & Coat Color Testing (Multiple samples)
Swans Vet Services – BVDV Ear Notch Testing Instructions
Swans Vet Services – BVDV Ear Notch Testing Form
Showing Uniform – By-Law 11.3
Guidelines on Showing of Cattle – By-Law 11
National Cattle Health Statement Form – version 24.10.2016
* Instructions for National Cattle Heath Statement
Show Header Card Template
Show Header Card Example
Equipment for Showing your Cattle
Tips for Herd Management
Testimonials for Lowline Bulls – Beef Herds
Testimonials for Lowline Bulls – Dairy Herds
Lowline Bulls – The Big Advantage
2016 Journal – Advantages of the Lowline Cow
Testimonials For Certified Lowline Beef
Cloudbreak Lowlines & Eungella Beef
Geelong East Butcher selling Certified Lowline Beef
Showing your registered Australian Lowline cattle provides you with an opportunity to present them to potential purchasers and to other beef breeders. Showing should be fun and enjoyable as well as serious business!!
It also presents a wonderful opportunity to speak with other breeders who are generally more than happy to share their experiences and pass on any tips.
Constructive critique by a judge can give you ideas on:
- What to look for in a good animal
- How to improve the way you prepare and present your animals at a show
- How to select suitable bulls to join to your females to promote things such as length, thickness, depth
There is always something new to learn.
There are three main areas of showing your animals to the industry and public:
- Royal, regional and country shows – Australian Lowline cattle are shown at all Royal shows and many regional and country shows throughout Australia & New Zealand
- Hoof and hook (carcass) competitions – this is an excellent way to gain information on carcass traits
- Expos and field days – as these are generally agricultural in nature and based more on education and exhibition rather than judging. Attending expos or field days provides exposure for the breed to other beef breeders and the general public.
In summary, exhibiting either at a field day, expo or in the show ring is an excellent way to promote your stud and breed, meet like-minded people and gain useful information.
To find shows or events in your state, check the Events page on the website.
If you would like to know how to start showing your cattle, contact a member in your area and have a chat – there is always someone happy to help.
Australian Lowline Breed Uniform
To show cattle, a breed uniform is required at all shows, including Royal Shows.
- Black Lowline woollen sleeveless vest
- Chambray shirt (Light blue)
- Moleskin pants or Blue jeans
- Lowline breed tie (not a requirement but can be purchased to wear at shows)
In Queensland, it is acceptable to wear WHITE COATS if you don’t have a breed uniform. This is an option for schools who have students showing Lowlines at local & regional shows.
The woollen vest, chambray shirt and breed tie seen in the Member’s Area under the Merchandise tab and can be ordered through the ALCA office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Requirements for Showing Cattle
When showing your cattle, you are required to abide by the Health Regulations of the Agricultural Societies, regarding contagious and infectious health conditions or diseases. These will be stated in the relevant Agricultural Show Society catalogues for show entries.
All national shows require you to provide evidence that all cattle shown including calves have been tested for PI (persistent infection) of pestivirus (bovine viral diarrhoea virus). This test is easily done by collecting hair from the tail as is done for DNA parent verification, or by ear notch testing. Collection kits are available free from
- Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI), Menangle, NSW (Hair sample)
- University of QLD, Animal Genetics Laboratory, Gatton, QLD. (Hair sample)
- Swans Veterinary Services, Esperance, WA (Ear notch)
Further information & forms can be downloaded from the Forms & Downloads in the Members Area.
There is a fee for each test performed.
You can also send your hair sample to the University of Queensland Animal Genetics Laboratory who will forward the sample on to Elizabeth McArthur Agricultural Institute.
For the benefit of your own animals and those of other exhibitors, it is strongly recommended that any animal that is unwell should not be brought to a show. Any slight illness can worsen through the stress of travel and of being in a confined space such as a cattle shed with many other animals.
It is also strongly recommended not to take females in the last month of pregnancy or calves less than 2 months old to shows as their health may be compromised if they come in contact with a sick animal.