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From the SZAP / Swiss Arabian Horse Studbook Studbook message ref. test Cerebellar abiotrophy
 
On the occasion of the AGM of 27 March 2010 in Schönenwerd the following addition to the Studbook rules was approved:

5.2. Cerebellar abiotrophy test (CA test) From 1.1.2011 every Swiss Studbook registered stallion that is used for breeding must submit the results of a CA-test.The test is done by the studbook.

  • The owner declares in writing that he agrees with the publication of the result.
  • The costs are for the owner.
  • For breeding mares testing is voluntary but highly recommended.
  • Offspring from CA-free parents need not to be tested.

Once the CA-test is available from the laboratory that performs the SZAP DNA parentage verification, all foals that are tested for DNA parentage will be CA tested at the same time.

  • The owner declares in writing that he agrees with the publication of the result.
  • The costs are for the owner.

CA tests made before 1.1.2011 voluntarily will be recognized

  • The particular test needs to be confirmed by the appropriate laboratory.
  • The confirmation is obtained by the SZAP Studbook.


IMPORTANT NOTES:

CA-test for stallions:

  • The CA test for Swiss breeding stallions will be mandatory from the 1st of January 2011, however, it is recommended to test as soon as possible.
  • Since virtually all of the stallions have a reserve sample existing in our lab, no hair sample is needed.
  • The test will be performed with existing reserve samples. This eliminates the veterinary costs.
  • Tests must however be ordered through the SZAP stud book.

CA-test for foals

  • The CA test is is offered through our laboratory since the 3rd of February 2010 in cooperation with UC Davis, University of California.
  • Therefore, all newborn foals born in 2010 will be tested.
  • The test is done simultaneously with the DNA parentage testing and by automatic order of the the stud book.
  • CA-test for breeding mares
  • For mares a voluntary CA-test is recommended.
  • Since for virtually all of the Swiss registered mares a reserve sample is kept in our laboratory, no hair sample is required.
  • The test is made on the basis of the existing reserve sample. This eliminates the Veterinary costs.
  • The test must be ordered through the SZAP stud book.
  • Descendants of CA-free parents need not to be tested.
  • Obviously it is cheaper to test one mare then all of her offspring,

15th April 2010 - Studbook, Didier Thiévent