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Breed Codes for International Genetic Evaluation of dairy and beef cattle

The International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) established a list of “Breed Codes on Bovine Semen Straws for International Trade” during the 32nd ICAR session in Bled, Slovenia. The list contains the most relevant breeds for international trade in semen, and was compiled by the ICAR working group on AI & other relevant technologies. The list is now part of the ICAR guidelines “International Agreement of Recording Practices”, and the most recent list is also available below. Requests for expanding the list with breed codes and names, to be used for identification of bovine semen straws for international trade, are collated by the Interbull Centre.

NOTE!

(1) The 3-letters breed codes are assigned by Interbull Centre, any requests for a new 3-letters breed codes should be sent to interbull at slu.se

(2) These breed codes does not apply to the identification of breeds in the international genetic evaluations offered by Interbull, but ONLY to the identification of semen straws for international trade. The ICAR AI WG is responsible for the 2-letter codes, new requests should be submitted to such working group (https://www.icar.org/index.php/technical-bodies/working-groups/artificial-insemination-rt-working-group/)

Annex 1 - English breed names and codes

Breed

Breed Code(1) 3-ch.

Breed Code(2) 2-ch.

National Breed Names Annex

Abondance

ABO

AB

-

Angus

AAN

AN

2.1

Aubrac

AUB

AU

Ayrshire

RDC

AY

2.1

Bazadais

BZD

Belgian Blue

BBL

BB

Blonde d'Aquitaine

BAQ

BD

Beef Shorthorn

BSH

-

Beefmaster

BMA

BM

Belgium Red & White

BER

Braford

BFD

BO

Brahman

BRM

BR

Brangus

BRG

BN

Brand Rood

BRR

British Frisian

BRF

Brown Swiss

BSW

BS

2.1

Chianina

CIA

CA

Charolais

CHA

CH

Dairy Shorthorn

MSH

-

Dutch Frisian

DFR

Eringer

ERI

Meuse Rhine Yssel

MRY

Dexter

DXT

DR

Devon

DEV

-

Dikbil

DIK

Eastern Flanders White Red

BWR

European Red Dairy Breed

RDC

RE

2.1

Gascon

GAS

-

Glan Donnersberg

GDB

Galloway

GLW

GA

2.2

Guernsey

GUE

GU

Gelbvieh

GVH

GV

Groninger

GRO

Hereford

HER

-

Highland Cattle

HLA

HI

Hinterwälder

HWD

Holstein

HOL

HO

2.2

Holstein, Red and White

RED

RW

2.2

Jersey

JER

JE

Kerry

KER

-

Dutch Belted- Lakenvelder

DBE

Limousin

LIM

LM

Longhorn

LON

-

Luing

LUI

Rouge des Pres

RDP

-

2.2

Murray-Grey

MGR

MG

Montbéliard

MON

MO

Marchigiana

MAR

MR

Maremmana

MAE

-

Nellore

NEL

-

Normandy

NMD

NO

Norwegian Red

RDC

NR

Parthenaise

PAR

-

Polish White Backed

PBG

BG

Piedmont

PIE

PI

2.2

Pinzgau

PIN

PZ

Polish Black and White

PZB

ZB

Polish Red and White

PZR

ZR

Red Angus

RAN

-

Romagnola

ROM

RN

Salers

SAL

SL

Santa Gertrudis

SGE

SG

South Devon

SDE

SD

Sussex

SUS

-

Simmental/Fleckvieh

SIM

SM

2.2

Swedish Red

RDC

SR

Sahiwal

SAH

SW

Tarentaise

TAR

TA

Tux

TUX

Tyrol Grey

TGR

AL

2.2

Verbeter Roodbont

VRB

Wagyu

WAG

Belgium Blue Mixte

WBM

Welsh Black

WBL

WB

Western Flanders Meat

BRV

West-Vlaams Rood

BRD

Witrik

WRI

(1) Interbull breed codes 2012
(2) Breed codes on bovine semen straws for international trade

Annex 2 - National Breed Names

English Name

National names

Angus

Including

Aberdeen Angus Canadian Angus

American Angus

German Angus

Ayrshire

Including

Ayrshire in

Australia

Canada

Colombia

Czech Republic

Finland

Kenya

New Zealand Norway

Russia

South Africa

Sweden (SAB)

UK

US

Zimbabwe

Belgian Blue

French:

Blanc-bleu Belge

Flemish:

Witblauw Ras van Belgie

UK:

British Blue

Brown Swiss

German:

Braunvieh

Italian:

Razza Bruna

French:

Brune

Spanish:

Bruna, Parda Alpina

Serbo-Croatian:

Slovenacko belo

Czech:

Hnedy Karpatsky

Romanian:

Shivitskaja

Russian:

Bruna

Bulgarian:

B'ljarska kafyava

The Netherlands:

European Red Dairy Breed

Including

Danish Red

Angeln

Estonian Red

Latvian Brown

Lithuanian Red

Byelorus Red

Polish Red

Polish Red Lowland

Ukrainian Polish Red

(French Rouge Flamande?)

(Belgian Flamande Rouge?)

Galloway:

Including

Black and Dun

Galloway

Belted Galloway

Red Galloway

White Galloway

Holstein, Black and White:

Dutch:

Holstein Swartbont

German:

Deutsche Holstein, schwarzbunt

Danish:

Dansk Holstein (former Sortbroget Dansk Malkekvaeg)

British:

Holstein Friesian

Swedish:

Svensk Låglands Boskap

French:

Prim Holstein

Italian:

Holstein Frisona

Spanish:

Holstein Frisona

Romanian:

Bălțată cu Negru Românească – Holstein Friză

Holstein, Red and White

Dutch:

Holstein, roodbunt

German:

Holstein, rotbunt

Danish:

Roedbroget Dansk Malkekvaeg

Piedmont Rouge des Pres

Italian: French:

Piemontese Maine Anjou

Simmental/Fleckvieh

Including dual purpose and beef use

French:

Simmental Française

Italian:

Razza Pezzata Rossa

Czech:

Cesky strakatý

Slovakian:

Slovensky strakaty

Romanian:

Baltata româneasca

Russian:

Simmentalskaja

Tyrol Grey

German:

Tiroler Grauvieh

Oberinntaler Grauvieh

Rätisches Grauvieh

Italian:

Razza Grigia Alpina

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