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Pedigree livestock - also known as stud animals - are the seed stock of the livestock industry and is the basis of stud breeding. The Zimbabwe Herd Book was established by an Act of Parliament in 1980 to oversee the registration of pedigree livestock. Stud breeding involves the controlled mating of livestock and detailed birth notifications of progeny with parents are recorded with the Herd Book. In addition, stud breeders record the fertility, survival and growth performance.

Livestock production depends on three pillars: genetics, health and husbandry. Stud Breeding - genetics - is the cornerstone of commercial livestock production. A strong commercial industry is dependent on a healthy and vibrant stud industry to offer stud/breeding stock that meet requirements in a range of production environments and market scenarios. At its annual National Sales, all animals on offer have undergone veterinary examination and inspection so that the livestock industry is offered a wide range of top quality genetics.

Stud breeding is a long-term passion where breeders strive to breed the ‘best’ animal. Breeders apply modern breeding technologies to carefully select animals to be parents of the next generation and in so doing, improve the genetic merit of future generations. Breeders also select parent material from outside the country in the form of live imports, semen and embryos. Stud breeding also requires the meticulous recording of parentage (pedigree) as well as specific performance data that measures reproduction, survival and growth.

These performance figures, together with the parentage information, are used to select the best animals to be parents of the next generation. Genetic improvement is therefore passed on from generation to generation and from the stud herd to the commercial herd.

ZHB has implemented BreedPlan, the leading performance evaluation software from Australia. The industry can now avail itself of the latest technologies that provide both breeders and commercial producers with accurate genetic assessment of animals that are selected for breeding purposes.

A wide range of genetic material is also available for commercial producers who want to select the best breeds and breed combinations to meet their particular production environments. It is more economical to select the right breed for a particular production environment than adapt the environment to meet the requirements of the breed.

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Out Now - Livestock Registering Federation (LRF) Technical Services News July 2022. Click to download.

Announcement by Dept of Veterinary Services 14 April 2022:
The Department of Veterinary Services in Zimbabwe announced on 14 April 2022, the immediate suspension of importation of live cloven-hoofed animals and related products from South Africa, due to several outbreaks of Foot and Mouth Disease in South Africa.

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Click HERE for latest 2022 Breed Society Reports.

With the support of sponsors the Zimbabwe Herd Book is pleased to bring you the 10th Edition of the Beef School.

We have an exciting line-up of local, regional and international speakers covering a wide range of topics.

Our sponsors include:

National Foods - Feedmix - Coopers - Windmill - Polachem
Profeeds - Grills - Veterinary Distributors - Agrifoods

Below, links to useful documents and templates for ZHB Members:
The ZHB Members Guide Summary of ZHB Breeders Requirements BREEDPLAN BreedCodes ZHB Template
ZHB DNA Sample Card ZHB Birth Notifications Excel template file ZHB Mating List and Days to Calving Excel template file
  ZHB Breeder Requirements Course Notes 2022 PowerPoint file ZHB Weights and Cancellations Excel template file
Important Notice to ZHB Breeders April 2022

Many members are not yet compliant with the Rules and Regulations of Zimbabwe Herd Book
as well as of those of their Breed Societies.

In order to strengthen the integrity of ZHB, its Breed Societies and database, all members are cordially requested to ensure that their records are up-to-date at ZHB, all outstanding queries have been attended to and resolved and that all annual levies have been remitted.

Contact ZHB at trace@lit.co.zw or your Breed Society or fellow breeders for further clarification and assistance.

You can download the ZHB Members Guide, ZHB Breeder Requirements documentsand templates using the links above on this page.

Important Notice to Breeders December 2021

Setting Up Calving Year in BreedPlan

In the instance where a breeder has not defined a ‘Calving Year’ in BreedPlan, animals are treated as distinct groups within a Calendar Year, e.g. 2021 born calves, and ident of all calves starts with year of birth, i.e. ‘21’. This typically applies to year-round calving. For breeders with a calving season that extends over the calendar year, for example, calving from September to March, provision can be made in BreedPlan to identify these animals as being in the same calving contemporary group.

This will avoid splitting the contemporary group in genetic analyses according to calendar year.

To cater for this, we firstly require you to confirm your Calving Year. For example, with a calving season extending from September to March, then a Calving Year can be defined as April to March. Then all calves born from 1st April 2021 to 31st March 2022 will be given the same Year of Birth in their Ident, that is 21-NNNNHDL.

Kindly advise your Calving Year so that we can make necessary edits to BreedPlan to cater for your calving seasons. To do so, email: trace@lit.co.zw