It's a list of Dexters that have been DNA tested and gotten the result of A2/A2, meaning they only carry the genes for type A2 beta casein.
If you've been searching for A2 Dexters, maybe this will provide you with a starting point. None of the Dexters in the list were put there because they are for sale. They may or may not be for sale, but these Dexters will be producing more A2/A2 offspring. If you can't find one now, maybe you can sign up for a calf.
Anyone who likes can send me your test results and the information about the Dexters you have gotten A2/A2 results for, and I'll add them to the list.
It's a Microsoft Word document. If you can't get to it or can't open it, write to me and I'll send it to you in a different format.
If you want to include your A2/A2 Dexters on the list, then send me their information along with a statement that you have had them tested, these are the true results and I have your permission to post them. That will let me off the hook
Remember, I'm only including in the list Dexters that have been DNA tested to be A2/A2.
It's not necessary for me to hold copies of the test results. All of the first entrants did supply test results, but you're the second person who has reservations about letting me see their results. I see no need to be hard-nosed about it.
This isn't supposed to be some formal listing place for A2/A2 Dexters. It's to make it easier for buyers to find Dexters that are A2/A2. Having your Dexters listed might make it easier for buyers to find you!
Post by legendrockranch on Jan 3, 2011 17:29:51 GMT -5
It is not being hard nosed....When we listed our animals on other forums or yahoo groups for PHA, no reports were required. Why is this any different?
Now, if you were a breed association such as the ADCA or PDCA and I wanted them to post the information on their website I could understand the request. I would have NO problem sending my test results to them, in fact the results would be in the mail tomorrow.
Modified to add: I have 11 animals that tested A2/A2 included one of my herd sires, 8 calves that have not been tested. I am more than happy to share my results with potential buyers.
Hey, I meant *I* wasn't going to be hard-nosed about it. I'm trying to make it as easy as possible.
If you like having a list, use it. If not, it's OK with me. I never expected that everyone would list their cattle on it. I doubt if I could keep up with it if they did.
A long time ago, I sent my A2 results to the ADCA registrar and asked him to post them on the on-line pedigree. He told me that two things were stopping it. First, it took an action by the board to make it happen and second, it would take new software, that would allow more fields. So I expect that it will come to pass before too long.
PDCA members can already post their Dexter's A2 status, but it can only be seen by members, and the information on the PDCA on-line pedigree doesn't get updated very often.
Legacy Dexter Cattle registry has room on their database to track and display A2 status, but hasn't implemented it yet. Listing test results is voluntary and permission forms are required.
Anyway, even if all three registries began displaying the A2 status of their registered Dexters, you'd have to go visit three different sites to find the information.
This list isn't a registry in any way, shape or form. It only has one piece of information on it, the names and registration numbers of the Dexters that so many people are looking for. The links to the three on-line registries are at the top of the first page, so people can find out more about the Dexters and their owners.
I'm not usurping the registries' functions. I'm funneling people to the registries. But most of all, I'm trying to help the people who are looking for A2/A2 Dexters find the people who have A2/A2 Dexters.
I've been sending an earlier version of this list to prospective buyers for quite a while. It only contained about 16 Dexters for a long time. Then when A2 testing for private owners became available, and results started coming in, I thought it would be nice to let other people add their newly tested Dexters to the list.
In the case of calves that haven't been tested, but are out of two A2/A2 parents, I want to only get the calves that have been parentage verified to the two A2/A2 parents. If they've been neither parentage verified nor A2 tested, then their status is "unproven".
There's still only two associations, but the Legacy Dexter Cattle Registry has been keeping a registry of all DNA parentage tested Dexters for quite a while and they just went on-line a couple of months ago, so you can search through their listings. They don't charge any dues or make rules. Registration comes with a DNA test for parentage. So either the registration is free with a parentage test or the parentage test is free with the registration. I haven't gotten that straight.
From March 2008 to March 2009, Brenn of Paradise was the only bull on the list. Then he was joined by Paradise Tullamore Dew, Jams Castle Christmas and Ace of Clove Brook. It stayed that way until we got testing for private owners first at GenomNZ then at UC Davis last summer. Since then, the number of A2/A2 bulls on the list has swelled to 15.
The 15 bulls represent all three registries. Brenn is triple registered, and so is Cool Hand Luke. Several of the others are dual registered.
A2 testing in the US is working like it was supposed to work. It's available to all. Before long, with attention paid to breeding, an A2/A2 Dexter should be available to everyone who wants one.
I for one am glad to see the list is growing. ;D Thank you Gene for taking the time and initiative to maintain the list.
I am from WA. state. I am only seeing one animal from this state that is listed as A2. Maybe our area is slow to catch on. I would encourage all the Dexter breeders in WA. to step up and get their animals tested and encourage others to do so, as well. I personally will not purchase another Dexter unless it has been tested and is A2.
It's still quite early. There should be more people from yours or neighboring states heard from.
Washington State has a long-standing relationship with Dexters. The ADCA lists a registration of Slane Clara I1720 in the year 1900. Barbara Baker then held reign for years. Starting in 1973, registrations of Dexters in Washington increased. Today, there are a number of active Dexter owners in Washington. Some of them are active on the Dexter discussion boards. We'll hear from them before it's over.