The Animal Improvement Act (No 62, 1998) stipulates that a breeders’ society must have a registered registering authority, and there may be only one registering authority per breed in South Africa. A breeders’ society may apply to act as its own registering authority, but most of them prefer to delegate this function to an established registering authority, that is structured to ensure that international standards are not compromised.
SABBS appointed SA Stud Book, registered as Registering Authority in terms of section 29(3)(a) of the AIA, as its registering authority. SA Stud Book was founded in 1905, and does registrations for 64 of 73 registered animal breeders’ societies in South Africa, as well as a number of others abroad. In addition to the Boerboel, SA Stud Book already registers the following dog breeds: Boxers, Greyhound and the Boerwindhond. SA Stud Book may only register the dogs of breeders in South Africa who are SABBS members.
Members of SABBS do not ‘join’ SA Stud Book. SABBS is the member, and with the other animal breeders’ societies, it manages SA Stud Book and its assets. The societies are entitled to one representative (member) per 100 or part of 100 members to represent them at the AGM. These representatives nominate a Council of eight, who must approve the SA Stud Book budget and fees for services.
SA Stud Book does not prescribe how SABBS should run its affairs (e.g. in respect of breed standards and registration requirements), as long as the Society meets the legal and constitutional requirements. The breeders’ societies determine their annual member fees and fees for society-specific services independently.
SABBS members must pay a once-off joining fee to partake in SA Stud Book’s services, which includes access to Logix – the Internet-based programme offering 24-hour access for birth recordings, cancellations, data, comprehensive reports and consultants. SA Stud Book also submits the compulsory applications for the registration of unique prefixes (stud/kennel names) to the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) on behalf of SABBS breeder members.
A breeders’ society must have a registered registering authority, and there may be only one registering authority per breed. A breeders’ society may apply to act as its own registering authority, but most of them prefer to delegate this function to an established registering authority, that is structured to ensure that international standards are not compromised.
Regulations include certification that the recording system complies with international norms and standards. Registration certificates and pedigrees enjoy official status only if issued by a registered registering authority. SABBS appointed SA Stud Book and Animal Improvement Association (hereafter referred to as Stud Book) as its registering authority. Stud Book is the only registering authority specifically mentioned as such in the AIA, as it has been a registering authority since 1905.
WHAT IS STUD BOOK’S RELATIONSHIP WITH SABBS?
The breeders’ societies that use the services of Stud Book manage Stud Book and its assets. One representative (breeder) per 100 or part of 100 members represents the breeders’ societies on the AGM. These representatives nominate a Council of eight stud breeders. Each year, there is a special annual budget meeting where the member societies approve the Stud Book budget and fees (tariffs) for services. The breeders’ societies each determine their annual membership fees independently.
Stud Book is required by law to meet certain registration requirements, and it must follow the Constitution and Breed Standard set by SABBS in its Constitution, as approved by the Registrar of Animal Improvement. It is not prescriptive on how societies should run their affairs (e.g. in respect of breed standards and registration requirements), as long as SABBS meets the legal and constitutional requirements.
Members of SABBS do not ‘join’ Stud Book. SABBS is Stud Book’s member and the members of SABBS are participants of Stud Book’s services. In South Africa, Stud Book may also not register the dogs of a breeder that is not a SABBS member.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES DOES STUD BOOK OFFER?
Stud Book has the capacity and infrastructure to provide cost-effective benefits and services, e.g. data capturing, recordkeeping, dat processing and statistical information via the Logix system – one of the most efficient animal identification, recording and improvement systems.
Through Stud Book paid-up members have, among others, 24-hour Internet access to do registrations, call up pedigrees, do cancellations and obtain inventories, appraisal reports, etc.
WHO AND WHAT IS STUD BOOK?
Stud Book is a registered registering authority, and does registrations for 64 of 73 registered animal breeders’ societies in South Africa, and a number of others abroad. They already register the following dog breeds: Boxers, Greyhound and the Boerwindhond. Stud Book is also recognised by the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) and is audited by them every three years. It renders a full-scale animal recording service for birth and pedigree recording, as well as for the production recording of various species and genetic evaluations
Through SA Stud Book, paid-up SABBS members have access to Logix – one of the most efficient animal identification, recording and improvement systems.
Logix is the acronym for the Livestock Operational and Genetic Information Exchange, a free bilingual (English and Afrikaans) Internet-based programme. It offers registered breeders 24-hour access for birth recordings, cancellations, access to their data, comprehensive reports and SA Stud Book consultants. Breeders have direct access to the most recent breeding and performance information regarding their dogs, as recorded in the Logix system. This is essential for informed and meaningful decision-taking regarding breeding programmes.
Breeders remain the owners of their own data, and several levels of access may be implemented. At this stage, a breeder has access to his own data only, but this may be extended after approval by an annual general meeting of SABBS members.