The NCBS is regarded by the Registrar of Livestock as the patron (“beskermheer”) of the Nguni cattle breed in S.A. This places on it the responsibility to promote and protect, amongst others, the genetic integrity of animals imported into S.A in terms of Section 11 of the Animal Improvement Act, 1998 (Act  No. 62 of 1998).

1.  The importation of animals may only take place within the framework of the Animal Improvement Act (Act No. 62 of 1998)
2.  The NCBS is only party to and will only recognize the importation of registered animals.
The importation of (registered) animals ALWAYS implies two aspects: a) the physical animal or genetic resources; and, b) certified copies of the animals’ data as recorded by the exporting countries’ registering authority. Importation that does not involve both these aspects will not be recognized.
4.  The supply of the afore-mentioned data to the Society is primarily the responsibility of the importer.

The process of successfully importing registered animals is dependent on adherence to the following steps:
1.  Sourcing of the animals in the foreign country.
2.  Application to the Society, in triplicate, on forms obtainable from the Registrar of Animal Improvement, for the importation i.t.o. the Animal Improvement Act and its regulations.
3.  The Society shall forward two copies, together with its recommendation thereto, to the Association (Studbook) who in turn will forward one copy, together with its recommendation, to the Registrar, who will issue the import permit.
4.  If the animals are not registered in the exporting country, application for and completion of the process of registration (including branding and inspection) by the seller.  (In this case
they can only be First Registration animals with the same restriction as local First Registration animals).
Application by the importer to the Society for an (special) import inspection (at importers’ costs) once the animals have arrived.
6.  Obtaining of certified copies of the registration certificates and all other official data (including, pedigree, progeny, performance data, date of inspection, etc.) of the animals to be imported.
7.  Physical transport of the animals into the RSA
8.  Submission of the animals accompanying data to the Society within 7 days of their physical arrival.
9.  Presentation of imported animals for “Import inspection”
10.  The Society will then receive and consider the import inspection report, verify the data and forward it together with its recommendation to the registering and other relevant authorities.
11.  Thereafter the animal(s) are registered in the Herd Book.

Imported animals whose parents are unknown will be registered as First Registration in SA.  Other Appendix A’s (e.g. “multisire”) may be registered as Appendix A’s.
  Parties must remember that there is a fee payable (Schedule A) for the inclusion of any records on the Society’s database.
  Importers are reminded that should an imported animal fail the “import inspection” and any appeal that may follow, the society will inform the Registrar accordingly and the animal must be dealt with in terms of section 16 (8) of the Act, ie, it must be destroyed.


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