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  • 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
  • Showing
  • Health Requirements for Showing Cattle

Herd Book Database Login

Information on Database login

Database login

Herd Book Animal enquiry

ALCA Animal Enquiry

Herd Book Member enquiry

 ALCA Member Enquiry

Herd Health

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.


Botulism in Cattle
Bracken Fern Poisoning
Lantana Poisoning
Photosensitisation in Stock


Cattle lice
Cattle ticks
Pinkeye in cattle
Ringworm – control and prevention
Tick fever
Warts on Cattle


Bloat in cattle
Calf Scours – Treatment & Prevention
Cattle Worm Control – The Basics
Liver Fluke – The Basics
Mastitis in Cattle


Annual Ryegrass Toxicity (Ryegrass Staggers)
Grass Tetany – Treatment & Prevention
Milk Fever – Treatment & Prevention


Bovine Trichomoniasis
Cattle Reproductive Diseases
Vibriosis of Cattle

Viral Infections & Vaccinations

Beef Cattle Vaccines
Bovine Pestivirus (BVDV) Infection
Clostridial Diseases in Cattle
Leptospirosos in Cattle – Zoonotic Disease
Three Day Sickness (BEF)

Other Information

BJD (Bovine Johnes Disease) Beef Assurance Scores – Explanation notes
New Approach to JD in Cattle
Castrating Calves
Confinement Feeding of Cattle in Drought

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

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

Fees for ALCA services

ALCA Fee List

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 and they will be sent to you.

ALCA Forms

Cattle Recording & Registration Form
* Instructions for Registrations/Recording using the Registration Form
* Instructions for ONLINE Registrations/Recording
* How to Simplify your Cattle Registrations

Commercial Calf Recording Form

Certificate of Service
Female Lease Record Form
Embryo Transfer and Registration
Multiple Ownership Transfer Form
AI Sires Application Form

Genetic Testing

Factsheet – Hair Sample Collecting for DNA Testing

Geneseek/Neogen – DNA, PV & Coat Color Testing – Download ‘Public Cattle Genotyping Application’
Please note: Geneseek/Neogen has now taken over the Animal Genetics Laboratory of the University of Queensland (UQ) for all you hair samples
* Directions for use –  Complete the spreadsheet (this is the Original). Print 2 copies – 1 for your records,  and 1 to be mailed with the tail hair samples to Geneseek/Neogen. Email the Original spreadsheet to GeneSeek so the details are on file, waiting for the samples to arrive.

Zoetis – DNA, PV & Coat Color Testing (Prices & Member information) Page 1
Zoetis – DNA Samples Information Form – Page 2
* Page 1 and Page 2 need to be sent with your DNA samples to Zoetis

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 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

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

Lowline Logo
Certified Lowline Beef Logo (TM)

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.

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:

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.