All stud breeders and commercial producers of beef and dual-purpose cattle may participate in the Scheme. All that is needed is a reliable cattle scale and basic handling facilities. Further more, all animals in the herd must be identified and calves recorded at birth.
It is only compulsory to participate in the Reproduction phase
(Phase A1), if mating and calving data is recorded. This rule is mainly aimed at
making it possible for farmers who have the sole purpose of improving the
reproduction performance of their herd in mind, to participate in the Scheme.
The majority of farmers however, also want to evaluate the production potential
of their cows. For these farmers participation in at least the Reproduction
and the Suckling phases is compulsory. This includes the recording of
calving data and weaning weights. In this case, the recording of mating data is
It is however important to note that participation in both the
Reproduction Phase and the Suckling Phase are compulsory in order to be able to
register for the use of the "ARC-Performance Tested" trademark.
Participation in Phase B (post wean on-farm recordings), Phase
C (central performance tests), Phase D (on-farm performance tests) and Phase E,
Although some breeder's societies constitutionally enforce
their members to participate in the Scheme, the decision on which phases to
participate in and which recordings to done within each phase, rest in the hands
of the individual farmer. As far as Phases A and B are concerned, the ARC-Animal
Improvement Institute recommends that the following data/weights are recorded
All animals in the herd of a member of the Scheme should participate in Phase
All animals that have participated in the Reproduction phase, may participate
in Phase A2.
All animals that have participated in the Reproduction and Suckling phases
may participate in Phase B.
Members participating in the Reproduction and Suckling phases shall be
allowed to tests young oxen, bulls and heifers in Phase E1.