Expanded Identity Enrollment Program
A Program for Progress
Expanded IE Program Details
Accurate records of identification are the foundation for the Identity Enrollment (IE) Program. A large
percentage of DHIA records cannot be used in USDA summaries simply due to lack of proper parentage
identification. Type and production records from all levels of Identity Enrollment animals are eligible
to be included in genetic evaluations if correctly identified by sire on herd test sheets.
The basic 3-step program provides a sound method to bring back into the herdbook many grade
Brown Swiss. Most of these grade or unregistered Brown Swiss include animals which have been
lost to the breed because someone, sometime, failed to identify them, keep their registrations up to
date, or transfer the animals when they were sold.
The expanded program updates the previous IE program by adding an initial step called a "Recorded
Female" prior to the first step animals. Female offspring from one registered Brown Swiss parent and
the other parent any dairy bovine (registered or grade) are eligible to begin this genetic recovery
process. This expanded IE program offers a cost-effective means to build up to a herd of registered Brown Swiss. With the use of artificial insemination and embryo technology, top Brown Swiss genetics are available to everyone. Selecting the best animals available as building blocks for the next generation in the herd promotes genetic progress.