Strategic Planning Survey
(March 10, 2015)
On behalf of the Board of Directors of CLRC, please accept this invitation to complete a short survey.
As part of our approach to developing CLRC as a viable and effective Organization for the future, the Board of Directors and Staff are embarking on a Strategic Planning initiative.
As a key stakeholder in the outcomes and success of CLRC and this process, we are providing you the opportunity to have input and assist in the direction we take. Please visit the following link www.surveymonkey.com/S/JZHL9MB
to complete a short survey on Survey Monkey. The survey will close on Friday March 27.
The results of the survey will be tabulated and used at the Board Strategic Planning session on Thursday, April 9th. There will also be a workshop presenting the findings and developments on Saturday, April 11th prior to the Annual Meeting. A separate AGM invitation has been mailed to each member Association.
We look forward to your input and thank you in advance.
Inbreeding Coefficient (IC) Interpretation
(March 12, 2015) For the last two years, CLRC has been publishing Inbreeding Coefficients on our website for most breeds. At the same time, we added a virtual mating option for every animal that includes an IC calculator.
While that additional information is available, it is the member`s responsibility to determine whether the coefficient is useful in making breeding decisions. There are many sources of information on this subject available on the Internet.
CLRC cannot provide specific advice on this matter, however, we can give you some idea of how coefficients relate to some easy to understand relationships. This will then give you an idea of how to interpret IC values for your animals in relation to these situations.
Inbreeding Coefficient (%) *
Animal bred to its own parent.
(eg. A son bred to its dam)
Half siblings bred to each other.
(eg. A common sire or dam)
Full siblings bred to each other.
(eg. Both sires and both dams are the same)
Animal has a single common great grandparent on both the sire side and dam side of the pedigree
(*) – This is the minimum Inbreeding Coefficient. If there is further inbreeding in the pedigree, the coefficient will be higher.
IC values are not precise. They depend on the number of generations of ancestry available and how many generations are analysed. In general, the more generations of ancestry that are analysed, the higher and the more accurate the IC will be.
In addition, IC values will vary between breeds depending on the breed history and the genetic diversity that exists within that breed. If the genetic diversity is historically narrow (limited bloodlines were available), then IC values will tend to be higher for that breed. This illustrates the importance of bringing in new blood lines occasionally (perhaps from other countries) when possible.
CLRC`s virtual mating IC calculator does a 5 generation analysis by default. In most cases, this gives a reasonable estimate of the coefficient. There is also a 12 generation option which will give more accurate results but the response time for the calculation is noticeably slower. Please be patient if you choose the 12 generation option.
You should also be aware that when you recreate parent combinations for existing registered animals using the virtual mating IC calculator, you may not get the same IC value as posted on the website for the existing registered animal. The IC value that we display for registered animals take into consideration the entire ancestry in the database, regardless of the number of generations available. The displayed IC values will tend to be higher (and more accurate) than those provided by the virtual mating IC calculator.
Instructions for Electronic Registration through the Internet
(October 23, 2014)
Effective December 31, 2014, the old Electronic Registration forms will no longer be supported. You are strongly urged to download the Appx software (if you haven't already) at your earliest convenience if you intend to submit your applications through the Internet in the future. Complete instructions for using electronic registration can be found here.
Instructions for DNA Genotyping
(October 21, 2014)
1. Order a DNA Kit
a. The application for a DNA kit can be found here http://www.clrc.ca/Dnatestkitapp.pdf
b. The kit application may be mailed to CLRC, sent by fax to 613-731-0704 or e-mailed to email@example.com .
c. Payment of the DNA fee must accompany your kit application. Please refer to the current schedule of fees, which can be found at http://www.clrc.ca/FeeSchedules.shtml
d. If submitted by fax or e-mail, payment must be by credit card. Please provide your credit card number, expiry date and the name on the card. In the case of e-mail, your credit card number should be split into two and sent in separate e-mails for security reasons.
e. Please do not submit the DNA sample with the application.
f. The kit may be returned to you by mail, fax or e-mail. Please be sure to provide your choice of shipping.
2. Submitting a DNA sample to the lab
a. Instructions are provided with the DNA kit on how to obtain an acceptable DNA sample from your animal. Genserve Labs has provided the following instructions for obtaining a hair sample http://www.clrc.ca/DNA%20Hair%20Sample%20Collection%20Guidelines.pdf or a blood sample http://www.clrc.ca/DNA%20Blood%20Sample%20Collection%20Guidelines.pdf. Genserve Labs is used by most Canadian cattle associations but your association may be using another lab. Your kit will advise you of the correct lab.
b. Submit your DNA sample with the DNA kit to the lab using the address provided.
New Version of Electronic Registration Released (Version 3.1) using Appx Java Client
(July 23, 2014)
•Secure Encrypted data entry.
•Passwords can be requested by a click on the screen. You will receive them by E-mail.
•Credit Card information can now be securely entered. There is full SSL encryption.
•You may now enter the sire and dam by registration number, tattoo, National ear tag number, microchip number or name.
•You may request a printed receipt for your application when the tracking number appears on your screen.
•Canadian Galloway is now supported in addition to all previous breeds supported.
•Some bugs have been fixed and there is improved validation to help you not make data entry errors.
•You must be running Appx Version 5.0.0 or greater. The version number is shown when you double click on the Appx icon. If you are using an earlier version, please install the latest version of the Appx Desktop Client from http://www.appx.com/desktop-products-525.
•You must have a CLRC account. If you don’t, please call us.
•Your e-mail address must be on file at CLRC. If not, please call us or send us an E-Mail
Important – Support for the old HTML electronic registration forms will cease on December 31, 2014. At that point, the old electronic forms will be removed from our website.
IMPORTANT CHANGES REGARDING DNA TESTING
(June 11, 2014) **Please note that this bulletin only applies to Quantum (Genserve) customers, which excludes horse breeds other than Warmbloods.
All breeders who use the services of Genserve Laboratories Inc. (now owned by Quantum Genetix) are asked to note the following changes regarding applying for DNA testing.
- Genserve Laboratories Inc. will no longer be accepting hair samples that are not accompanied by a test application form that has been prepared by CLRC. Breeders are advised that they must now obtain a DNA test kit from CLRC and then send that with the hair samples to Genserve. If this is not done, the samples will not be processed. To request a DNA test kit, you may:
a) Download, complete and submit the DNA Kit Request form click here.; or
b) Call or e-mail CLRC with the details about the animal for which the kit is requested
If the test kit is needed quickly, the printed application form can be e-mailed to you and then you can put the hair samples in a plain envelope on which you have written the animal’s name, sex, birth date and identification and mail the envelope and the application form to Genserve.
2. Please note the new address for Genserve Laboratories Inc. as follows:
Genserve Laboratories Inc.
101-110 Research Drive
Your attention to these matters will help to have your samples tested in a timely manner.
Presentation Regarding Animal Pedigree Act
(April 22, 2014) A very worthwhile session concerning the Animal Pedigree Act, and the possibility that it might be repealed, took place during the CLRC Annual Meeting in Calgary on April 5th. About 75 people representing a broad group of the Canadian breed associations were present to hear John Ross of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada outline why repeal of the Act is being considered.
To view the Powerpoint slides that Mr. Ross used, click here. To read a full transcript of the presentation and ensuing discussion, click here. During the meeting, those present nearly unanimously expressed their strong opposition to repeal of the Animal Pedigree Act.
Sending Photographs by E-mail
(May 10, 2013) For those breeds which require photographs of animals to be submitted with applications for registration, CLRC recommends that breeders scan the application forms and e-mail them, along with the required photographs, to CLRC.
Photographs e-mailed directly from a digital camera chip are very often superior in quality and reproduce better on the certificates than printed photos that must then be scanned by CLRC staff. E-mailing both the application and photographs will save mailing time as well. In these cases, we do request payment by credit card or that you have a credit balance on file.
For transfers, the photographs can still be e-mailed with a copy of the transfer application and certificate, but the original certificate must then be mailed to CLRC.
Updates to CLRC's Electronic Herdbook
(Updated daily) The CLRC Electronic Herdbook is updated daily.
Inbreeding Coefficients and Virtual Mating
(April 11, 2013) CLRC announces that Inbreeding Coefficients are now published on our website for all breeds except Swine. We hope to add Swine in the near future.
Inbreeding Coefficients measure the degree of repeating or common ancestors that exist in the pedigree. Coefficients are measured as a percentage from 0% to 100% or values from 0 to 1. Our website uses percentages. An animal with a coefficient of 0% has no known common ancestors that appear on both the sire and dam side of the pedigree. If you were to breed an animal to its sire or dam, the resulting offspring will have an inbreeding coefficient of at least 25%, depending on the number of other common ancestor lines that might appear in the pedigree.
In addition, CLRC now offers a virtual mating service which will determine the inbreeding coefficient for a proposed mating and display a five generation pedigree and common ancestor list. The virtual mating option appears at the bottom of each animal page and you can select a mate based on member ID number, animal name or registration number. If you select the ID number option, you can select one or more or all animals owned by that member.
Animal Photos and Marking Diagrams now available on-line
(December 12, 2012) Photos and markings diagrams when available digitally are now available on animal pages. Below is a list of associations offering photos or diagrams of animals. Click on the association name to access our on-line Members and Pedigrees database for that association.
Can ID (Crossbred Registry)
Canadian Donkey & Mule Association
Miniature Horse Association of Canada
North American Peruvian Horse Association
Canadian Morgan Horse Association, Inc.
Canadian Percheron Association
Clydesdale Horse Association of Canada
Peruvian Horse Association of Australasia
Peruvian Horse Association of Canada
Marking Diagram or Photo (One or the other per animal)
Canadian Connemara Pony Society
Canadian Haflinger Association
On-Line Extended Pedigrees now Show Repeating Ancestry
(November 6, 2012) As step 1 in our efforts to supply our members with more information on repeating or common ancestry, we are now providing additional information with the extended pedigree for each animal in our on-line Members and Pedigrees database. This is accessed here. When displaying an animal's record, there is a link to the extended pedigree near the bottom of the page. This will display a 5 generation pedigree.
What is new is a list of repeating ancestors which is sorted by the percentage of the pedigree that each animal represents. In addition, there is an alphabetic list of ancestors. This latter list will allow you to more easily compare pedigrees of animals that you are considering to mate to identify common ancestry.
Furthermore, we also offer a 12 generation analysis of the pedigree for repeating ancestors. A link appears below the 5 generation tree. You will experience a short delay while the database is doing the analysis.
To clearly show repeating ancestry, the 5 generation pedigree tree is also colour coded. The key repeating males are displayed in bright red and the females in magenta. Their ancestors are displayed in dark red and purple respectively. When an animal does not repeat in the pedigree, it appears in black.
Please watch this page for more related services as they are added.
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