A New America Angus Association rule, which takes effect on January 1, 2012, will impact producers who want to register embryo transfer calves. The new rule states: If the first owner of the calf is different than the owner of record of the donor female, and the embryo removal date is on or after January 1, 2012, the owner of the donor female must obtain and transfer an ET Authorization to the account of the first owner before the calf is eligible for registration.
Don Laughlin, Angus Association director of member services, points out those embryos may pass through several hands before a calf is born and registered. ET Authorizations will allow the person who is responsible for flushing the donor cow to confirm dates, sires and type of flush on a calf through the Association's AAA Login service.
The new rule will not affect every Angus producer. In fact, numbers at the end of fiscal year 2011 showed approximately 15% of all embryo registrations would need an ET authorization to be registered, if the rule was previously in place.