TOPICS IN MEMBERS AREA

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  • Herd Book Database login
  • Herd Book Animal enquiry
  • Herd Book Member enquiry
  • Guidance for members
  • Guidance for Promotional Groups
  • Fees for ALCA services
  • Forms & Other Downloads
  • Showing
  • Health Requirements for Showing Cattle

Herd Book Database Login

Information on Database login & use

Database login

Herd Book Animal enquiry

ALCA Animal Enquiry

Herd Book Member enquiry

 ALCA Member Enquiry

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

Fees for ALCA services

Please purchase and pay for all ALCA services via the online Lowline Shop

ALCA Membership Fee List

ALCA Registration Fees List

Forms & Other Downloads

ALCA Forms

Cattle Recording & Registration Form
* Instructions for Registrations/Recording using the Registration Form
* Instructions for ONLINE Registrations/Recording
* Guidelines For How To Register Your Cattle 
Guidelines for How to Transfer Your Cattle

Commercial Calf Recording Form
Certificate of Service
Female Lease Record Form
Record a Flush and Embryo Registration Application Form
Multiple Ownership Transfer Form
AI Sires Application Form

Genetic Testing

Factsheet – Hair Sample Collecting for DNA Testing

DNA Parentage Verification Guidance for New Zealand Members

Neogen Submission Form Download 
Neogen Submission Form Guidance

Zoetis – Form & Guidance

Swans Vet Services – BVDV Ear Notch Testing Instructions
Swans Vet Services – BVDV Ear Notch Testing Form

Showing Cattle

Showing Uniform – By-Law 11.3
Guidelines on Showing of Cattle – By-Law 11
National Cattle Health Statement Form – version 02.05.2018
Show Header Card Template

Show Header Card Example
Equipment for Showing your Cattle

Tips for Herd Management

How to Tattoo Your Cattle
Tips on Heat Detection & Artificial Insemination (AI)
How to Vaccinate Cattle
Beef Cattle Vaccines – Prime Facts (NSW DPI)
How to Freeze Brand your Cattle

Promotional Materials

Copies of either the Lowline Logo (TM) or Certified Lowline Beef Logo (TM) are available to members*. Please contact our ALCA office.
*subject to terms and conditions

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

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.

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 are available for purchase in the Lowline Shop

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 from

  • Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI), Menangle, NSW  (Hair sample)
  • Neogen, Gatton, QLD.  (Hair sample)
  • Swans Veterinary Services, Esperance, WA  (Ear notch)

For further information & forms see above under Forms & Downloads – Genetic Testing .

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.