Canadian Charolais Association
2320 41st Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6W8
(403) 250.9242

FAQs

Animal Registrations

  • What is the turnaround on registration/transfer papers sent to the CCA?
    Depends on the workload in the office. If you need something completed please call the office.
  • What does it cost to register/transfer my animal?
    WHE fee of $26 +tax includes the registration of the dam’s calf for the year enrolled and the first transfer
  • What do I do with the registration certificates on my dead animals?
    – Papers on deceased animals can be disposed of
  • I can’t get the seller to transfer the animals to me that I purchased from him.
    – CCA By-Laws state that the seller must transfers animals within six months. The issue must be settled between the buyer and seller.
  • Who can register a calf? We own the cow, but our son wants to register it in his name?
    The owner of the dam at the time of birth is the breeder who can register the calf

Membership and Services

  • Why are members of the CCA not given the choice of receiving the Banner?
    A mandatory subscription to the Banner for all breeders was passed as a by-law at an annual meeting.  The Banner is a key communication tool to inform and educate our members
  • Why must I belong to the Provincial Association?
    Membership to your Provincial Association was passed as a by-law at an annual meeting by the members of the association.
  • When is our CCA membership due?
    CCA Memberships are due January 1 of every year

EPD

  • What is an EPD?
    Expected Progeny Difference. EPDs are a selection tool that provides estimates of the genetic value an animal will pass on to its progeny. EPDs provide a genetic description of an animal for the traits analyzed by the Canadian Charolais Association. EPDs are a useful tool for both purebred and commercial cattlemen.
  • Why do we need EPDs?
    EPDs separate the effects of genetics and environment.
  • How long have EPDs been around?
    EPDs have been around since the early 1970s
  • Which specific traits are EPDs produced for in the Canadian Charolais Association?
    – Birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, milk, total maternal, calving ease, carcass weight, rib eye area, fat, lean yield and marbling

Online Users

  • How can I access my CCA account online?
    Request a Username and Password from the CCA office and go to:

  • I can’t log into my account, now what?
    Passwords are case sensitive.
    – Overdue accounts are locked and cannot be accessed online.
    – After 3 attempts to log in your account will be locked for 10 minutes
    – Call the CCA office with any questions
  • How do I enter breeding online?
    After logging into your account click on:

    • My Herd
    • My Inventory
    • Click on the blue hyperlink UPDATE
    • Enter the sire, date, breeding code of 100 Exposed, etc
    • Click ADD BREEDING
    • The breeding event will then display in the blue table above
    • If correct, click SAVE
  • How do I enter my calving online?
    After logging into your account click on:

    • My Herd
    • Click on the blue hyperlink CALVING beside the cow you wish to enter the calf for
    • Enter all the calving info and click SAVE
    • After logging into your account click on:
      • My Unregistered Calves
      • Click on the blue hyper link VIEW beside the animal you wish to register
      • Click REGISTER at the bottom
      • Choose the Herd Book from the dropdown menu
      • Click REGISTER
      • A popup window will display the Registration #
      • My Inventory
  • How do I register my calves online?
    – After logging into your account click on:

    • My Herd
    • My Unregistered Calves
    • Click on the blue hyper link VIEW beside the animal you wish to register
    • Click REGISTER at the bottom
    • Choose the Herd Book from the dropdown menu
    • Click REGISTER
    • A popup window will display the Registration #

Miscellaneous

  • Why must we request DNA forms from the CCA?
    DNA forms are generated specifically for the animal and must come from the CCA office
  • What animals do we need to DNA test?
    Walking sires must have DNA on file
    – ALL AI sires, including semen from on-farm collection must be Parent Verified (Sire AND Dam)
    – ALL AI sires, including semen from on-farm collection must be Karyotyped
    – ALL Full French animals must be Parent Verified
    – ET calves must be Parent Verified
    – Donor Dams must have DNA on file
  • When should I weigh my calves?
    Weaning weights should be taken when calves are between 140 and 270 days of age.
    – Yearling weights should be taken between 300 and 430 days of age.
  • Why didn’t I get ranks or indexes on my calves?
    Management groups must contain at least 5 calves of one sex, born less than 90 days apart and be weighed within the designated age range.