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Enquiry into the need for a breeding regulation control module

Enquiry into the need for a breeding regulation control module

Date: January 23, 2024

A new year leads to all kinds of new developments and new ideas. And one of the new ideas currently in play at team ZooEasy is the possibility of building a new module. To be more precise: a breeding rules control module. This would allow our users to automate the checking of their breeding regulations in ZooEasy online. 

Breeding regulations and breeding programs

Breed associations usually have rules that their members must comply with when breeding a litter. For Dutch dog breed associations, those rules are partly determined by the Dutch Kennelclub the Raad van Beheer, in the form of the basic regulations on welfare and health. The rest of the rules are laid down in the VerenigingsFokReglement (‘association breeding regulations’) of each association. In Flanders, the studbook-issuing organizations are now responsible for the breeding programs for each breed, which must be adhered to by breeders. Associations for cats, for example, also have breeding regulations or breeding programs.

The rules included in such a breeding regulation or program deal mainly with welfare and health issues. Think for example of rules for the minimum or maximum age of parent animals, mandatory tests with certain permitted or excluded results of various hereditary diseases, limitation of inbreeding, a maximum number of litters per parent animal, etc. In addition, there may also be rules for, for example, certain mandatory conformation tests, working certificates or behavioral tests before breeding is allowed. 

Checking the adherence to the rules

All rules and regulations by an association must also be monitored. In Flanders, the government obliges the studbook-issuing organization to do this. In the Netherlands, dog breed associations themselves are responsible for checking and enforcing their breeding regulations. If the breeding regulations are violated, various sanctions can be imposed on the members of an association.

A lot of time can go into checking all the litters being bred. Almost all breed associations work with volunteers whose duties include this task. This can be quite a job, given the wide variety and amount of rules. A job that is also prone to human error. Because checking every litter bred on maybe 10-20 different rules, where you sometimes also have to calculate back from birth-dates to mating-dates to determine the validity of certain examinations or whether a mating is allowed or not, can be difficult.

Control module

How nice would it be to be able to perform all these checks automatically in your ZooEasy Online database? After all, that is the place where you as a club store all pedigree data, health, conformation and work results anyway, and where you can get all the information from. If your ZooEasy Online database can then automatically check which bred litters comply with the regulations and which do not, that saves a lot of work and reduces the risk of human error during the check.

Trial breedingpair check beforehand?

And perhaps even better, how convenient would it be if breeders could check before a breeding whether their planned combination meets the breeding regulations? A trial breedingpair option that indicates whether or not a planned combination meets the rules could help many breeders. And it could also be useful for potential buyers who want to know if the litter they want to buy their new pet from complies with the association’s rules. With such a control module, this too could be among the possibilities.

The benefits at a glance

What exactly are the advantages of such a control module for an association? 

 

  • as an association or organization, you meet your obligation to check the implementation of your breeding rules or breeding program
  • it saves a lot of time because the check is done automatically instead of manually checking each litter one by one
  • there is a much smaller risk of human error such as overlooking violations or incorrectly identifying a litter as a violation
  • by saving time it is possible to impose warnings or sanctions more quickly, allowing a breeder to adjust his or her breedingstrategy more quickly to prevent further violations
  • it provides more clarity for breeders, who can make a trial breedingpair even before a scheduled breeding, and thus check for themselves whether a combination complies with the rules

Interested?

Would you as a breed association or studbook-issuing organization be interested in such a module? If so, please be sure to let us know. We are very curious about the input of different associations on this subject. And with sufficient interest we can start the actual research!