This is a voluntary program based on the Coopworth breed philosophy developed in New Zealand - to continually select for measurable, performance-based traits rather than purebred parentage and appearance alone.
In ACR, all sheep that are Performance Designated must meet the eligibility requirements for purebred registration as well as the following requirements:
Ewes must be ranked in the top 70% of the breeder's ewe lamb crop for a particular year. Selection is to be based on growth, fertility projection and wool production. They must be physically sound, exhibit breed type and have been conceived within 38 days of the dam's exposure to the ram.
Rams must be ranked in the top 30% of the breeder's ram lamb crop for a particular year. Selection is to be based on growth, fertility projection and wool production. They must be of multiple birth, physically sound, exhibit breed type and have been conceived within 21 days of the dam's exposure to the ram.
Lambs that are selected for registration with Performance Designation must come from Performance Designated parents and meet all eligibility requirements as outlined above.
The Board of Directors may make an exception to these rules in the case of Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transplant.
RECORD KEEPING REQUIREMENTS
The breeder must maintain adequate performance records in order to select sheep that are eligible for Performance Designation. These records must include, but are not limited to, dam and sire information, birth date, birth weight, birth type, how raised, 60-90 day weight and 100-180 day weight. It is also suggested that accurate records of wool production be kept. The method of analysis of these factors is ultimately the breeder's decision. However, accurate record keeping is necessary in order to justify the breeder's selections.
THE LAMB REPORT
The breeder is required to submit, to the ACR Secretary, a Lamb Report listing all lambs born to his/her Performance Designated ewes in the calendar year. The Lamb Report is due prior to December 31 of that year and must include the required records.
The Secretary will review the Lamb Report and, if it is accepted as submitted, will approve it. Only after the Lamb Report is approved will the breeder be able to apply to register the eligible lambs. The Registrar will not prepare PD registrations without an approved Lamb Report.
The breeder should submit a Lamb Report even if there are no lambs selected for registration, in order to credit the breeder's PD ewes and rams.
FORMS FOR PERFORMANCE DESIGNATION
ACR forms must be used unless prior arrangements have been made with the ACR Secretary. The Lamb Report form is available from the ACR Secretary. Once approved, application for the registration of eligible lambs may be made by using ACR Online or by submitting a paper Application for Registration. All fees as listed apply.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact the ACR Secretary