Register Your Border Leicesters
How To Register Or Transfer Your Sheep
Fill out registration form completely and carefully. Mail information with the proper amount of fees to:
Associated Sheep Registry
PO Box 231
420A Lincoln Street
Wamego, KS 66547
1. Fill out any ABLA application for registration which you already have. If you do not have such a form, please visit the “Registering Sheep” page to download an application for registration form.
2. Make sure you have provided all the necessary information, including the registration numbers for the sheep’s sire and dam.
3. Double check your application for errors or deletions. Associated Sheep Registry will not fill it in correctly for you. Instead, they will mail it back and ask you to please correct it.
4. The cost for registrations and transfers is $7.00 per entry if you are a member of the ABLA. If you are not a member the fees will be double.
5. Make out a check to the ABLA in the correct amount and place in the envelope with the application for registration.
GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETION OF REGISTRATION FORMS
Applications that are incomplete, incorrect, or lacking fees will be returned to the sender with an explanation of the problem.
Applications will not be accepted unless an ABLA Application for Registration form is filled out for all animals to be registered by the breeder/owner. The accuracy of the information is the breeder/owners responsibility. A new form will be sent back with all certificates issued. Additional forms can be requested from ASR if needed.
WHITE SHEEP: Spots on ears are permissible. Black nose and lips (dark mottled with grey acceptable). No mottling on muzzle. There should be no wool below the knees and no rust-colored hair on legs, with black hooves. A white animal should have no black spots in the wool and a colored animal should have no white spots in the wool.
A certain amount of graying can and often does occur in colored sheep. Please register lambs at weaning whose fleeces are:
COLORED: No white spots allowed in colored fleeces. Remember when choosing the color of your animal: If your animal appears brown at a distance, check the fleece close to the skin. If the fleece is black at skin level and has brown legs and face, it must be registered as a black lamb. The brown coloring on the outer part of the fleece is simply sun bleaching. A brown lamb will have a brown face and brown legs. The fleece will show brown color all the way to the skin.
1. OWNER AND/OR BREEDER
ASR will issue ABLA registration certificates to the person listed as the owner on the application unless directed otherwise in writing. The “breeder” is the owner of the dam at the time of breeding. The “owner” is the owner of the dam at the date of birth of the lamb or the owner of an adult animal to be registered with the ABLA. It is suggested that the application form copy be kept in a different location from the certificates in case of loss. Compare all registration certificates with the application form and report any errors to ASR immediately.
2. NAME AND NUMBER ON EAR TAG
If the animal has a farm ear tag or tattoo, record it in the proper column, including any names or initials on the tag or tattoo. Many farms use the same numbering system each year so the number should be preceded by additional information on the registration certificate. If you only have two lambs and they do not have an ear tag, assign them a number and specify a farm name or your last name preceding it. Likewise, if the animal has been given a name, the name alone is not sufficient information. If a number only is listed on the form, ASR will use the breeder’s last name to precede the number unless you specify farm name on the application instead.
3. ABLA NUMBER, REGISTRATION NUMBER
The ABLA number refers to the ABLA registration number that will be assigned by the registrar. An “F” behind the number indicates the presence of color genetics in the ancestors of that animal even though it is white. A “B” behind the registration number indicates a colored animal.
The registration number will normally be the ABLA number unless the association is for registration of an animal registered in another association. Applications will not be accepted unless registration numbers of the sire and dam are included. If you are registering lambs sired by a leased or borrowed ram, the owner of the ram must provide you with a copy of that animal’s registration papers, if the animal does not carry an ABLA ear tag or tattoo. Likewise, if you purchase a bred ewe the seller must provide a copy of the registration papers of the sire of her offspring in order to register them.
Transfers of animals already registered will not be accepted unless the registration certificate is received by ASR. The back of the certificate must be signed by the seller and include the complete address of the buyer. ASR will record the transfer in the Association records and send the certificate to the new owner. In most cases, the seller of the animal sends in the certificate to ASR with fees as a courtesy. It is common in many associations to charge a penalty fee if the transfer is not sent in within 60 days of sale of animal. The ABLA will also institute such a policy if late transfers become a problem and complaints are received from purchasers.
5. ANIMALS REGISTERED IN ANOTHER ASSOCIATION (Canada, NABLA, ABL Ltd.)
Applications for animals already registered in another association must be accompanied by a copy of the registration certificate (Canada, N.A.B.L.A, and ABL Ltd.) for that animal. Animals purchased that are registered in another association should be transferred to the new owners name in all associations so that record keeping is accurate for all associations involved. For example, if you purchase an animal in Canada the Canadian registry should show the animal transferred to your name.
6. LOST CERTIFICATES
If a registration certificate is lost, a duplicate should be requested from ASR by furnishing ASR with the ABLA registration number of the animal. It is for this reason that the owner/breeder should have backup records so that the animal’s registration number can be provided. A duplicate certificate will be issued and will be stamped “duplicate” on the face.
RULES AND PROCEDURES
1. Only Border Leicester sheep that can trace their ancestry through an official purebred livestock registry shall be accepted for registration. If the sire or dam is not officially registered with the ABLA, a copy of their registration information must accompany the application for registration of the offspring.
2. APPLICATIONS: Application for registry of animals must be presented to the Registrar on blank registration application forms provided by the ABLA registrar. The necessary funds must accompany the application forms.
3. ABLA NUMBER, REGISTRATION NUMBER: The ABLA number refers to the ABLA registration number that will be assigned by the registrar. A “B” behind the number indicates the animal is a colored Border Leicester while an “F” indicates the presence of color genetics in the ancestors of that animal even though it is white. Registration number will normally be the ABLA number unless the association is for registration of an animal registered in another association. Applications will not be accepted unless registration numbers of the sire and dam are included. If you are registering lambs sired by a leased or borrowed ram, the owner of the ram must provide you with a copy of that animal’s registration papers, if the animal does not carry an ABLA ear tag or tattoo. Likewise, if you purchase a bred ewe the seller must provide a copy of the registration papers of the sire of her offspring in order to register them.
4. Fees to ABLA members for registration or transfer of sheep in the ABLA shall be as designated and approved by the Board of Directors. Fees will be double for non-members. Fees for registering imported sheep in the ABLA will be the same as above. The correct fees must accompany the application. Remittance can be made using a check, money order, or bank draft made payable to the ABLA. Animals originally registered in Canada, with NABLA or animals produced by artificial insemination must be re-registered with the ABLA. The usual fee will be charged. Copy of the paperwork from the country or association of origin must accompany the request for registration of any lambs.
5. Registration applications for animals not previously registered in another registry, received later than one calendar year from the animal’s birth date will be charged double fees. Imported animals must be registered within one year of importation or double fees will be charged.
6. It is required when presenting application for registration of sheep bred in the United States or Canada that there be given the name Farm tag, sex, color, and birth date (mo/day/yr) of the animal to be registered. Also included must be the name/farm tag and registration number of the sire and dam. It is necessary that sheep be designated by the flock name or character and the number such as “Jones 46″ or “HZH 234″. Names may also be included but must be accompanied by the flock name and assigned number.
7. The breeder must sign the application. “Breeder” is defined as the owner of the dam at the time of service. If the breeder is not the owner of the sire at the time of service, as is in the case of a leased or borrowed ram, a Breeding Certificate signed by the owner of the sire must accompany the application for registration of any offspring. If the dam was owned by other than the applicant at the time of service, a Breeding Certificate, signed by the breeder, must accompany applications for registration stating the name and registration number of the ram to which the ewe/ewes were bred. One application will suffice for any number of bred ewes sold to the same applicant subsequent to breeding. Breeding Certificates are available from the Secretary and are on the website.
8. The owner of the dam at date of lambing shall be deemed the owner of the lamb. Subsequent changes in ownership are considered a transfer. When the dam of any sheep presented for registry is not shown by the records to be properly transferred to the applicant, such offspring shall not be recorded until the proper transfer has been made.
9. ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION/EMBRYO TRANSPLANT: At time of insemination you must obtain a signed paper from the technician who will show ewes inseminated, time, date, and ram identification. Copy of this paperwork must be submitted to the registrar at the time registration of the lambs is requested. “INS” (insemination) or “IMP (imp), or (LAI) laproscopic will appear on the registration papers for identification of these lambs.