The American Celtic Cattle Association®, located in Fort Morgan, CO, is a registry for the registration of Irish Blacks® breed and Irish Reds® breed as American Celtic Cattle.  It is the only registry that owns and uses the original herd books and DNA for the progressive Irish Blacks® breed and Irish Reds® breed producers.  It is our goal to maintain the integrity of the genetics of these cattle through original and precise herd books, DNA testing, and the ACCA License Agreement.  It is because of this goal that it is a requirement to have anyone who registers their cattle in the ACCA sign a license agreement and all animals must be DNA verified before being registered in the American Celtic Cattle Association®.

Irish Blacks® and Irish Reds® are the registered trademarks of I.B and R Trademarks, LLC.  ACCA is not affiliated with I.B. and R. Trademarks, LLC.


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Need to transfer an existing animal? Here’s how:

1. When purchasing a registered animal purchaser and seller need to fill out the reverse side of the ACCA Registration form and a license agreement.

-If you purchased an animal that has an Irish Blacks Registration Certificate contact the ACCA office for a transfer form to fill out.

2. If you are not a member already and would like to be, fill out a membership application.

3. Send the Registration with the completed transfer, License agreement, Membership application (optional), and appropriate fees to the ACCA office.

DNA Procedure:

1.  Write the animal's Herd Prefix and tattoo number on the top line, the sire's herd prefix and tattoo number on the 2nd line, and the dam's herd prefix and tattoo number on the last line.

2.  Open the nasal swab and insert it into the nostril and firmly rub and roll the nasal swab against the wall of the nostril.  Smear the tissue onto the pad.

3.  Check to make sure the animal herd prefix and tattoo number on the sample card matches that of the animal just tested.  Allow it to dry and fold it over.



Magazine Article Printed in the Nebraska Farmer by Loretta Sorrensen:

What Would Motivate a Longtime Beef Producer to Switch to a New Beef Breed?

Ewing, NE, producers Paul Dicke and his son Waylan say easy calving, vigorous, hardy, fast gaining calves were just some of the persuasive attributes they found in the Irish Black breed they're now raising.

Irish Blacks, a purebred breed developed over nearly 50 years from a combination of Angus and Friesian genetics that can be traced back to Ireland, originated in Colorado.  Recently, the Irish Black register was officialy re-named American Celtic Cattle Association (ACCA).  The name change brings with it the refined gene pool that Paul says has performed very well on their north central Nebraska ranch.

"In June 2010, we put four 18-month old purebred Irish Black bulls with 214 Angus-cross cows," Paul says.  "Average weight of the bulls was 1,286 pounds.  On August 11, 2010, we pulled the bulls.  They weighed 1,287 pounds.  When our veterinarian preg checked cows in September, we found 3.7% of them open.  We used half as many bulls and had a much better conception rate with the Irish Blacks."

So how did the calves turn out?

"The 42 Irish Black-sired calves sold in January 2011 averaged 875 pounds," Paul says.  "Compared to 43 Angus-sired calves sold in January 2010 at 833 pounds on average, the Irish Black calves on average weighed 58 pounds more and were fed a total of 8 less days than the Angus group."

"At $1.50 per pound that's an increased profit of $87 per head," Paul adds.  "With 50 calves per bull, that's a $4,350 per year advantage with the Irish Black sires."

The Dicke Ranch consists of 9,300 acres, with 1,000 acres of hay ground and some leased corn/bean fields.  Their Spring 2012 calving season put about 750 Irish Black calves on the ground.  They'll calve about 150 more Irish Blacks in Fall 2012.

"We looked at the Irish Blacks for a year or so before we bought our first bull," Waylan says.  "We liked the bull's muscle and fertility.  We put him on grass with 63 cows and he actually gained 40 pounds during breeding season.  If you want to keep black-hided animals and improve hybrid vigor, Irish Black genetics is a great choice."

Because they can run fewer bulls, the Dickes have seen fewer injuries and an average open rate of 3.5%, less than half of what they've experienced over the last 10 to 15 years in their breeding program.

"The calves have been easy keeping, too," Paul adds.  "We've never pulled any Irish Black calves and they get up and get started on their own.  This is our fifth year with them and the breed is working out  well."

By:  Lorretta Sorrensen



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