Semen Fee Buy-Out & Bull Registration options

Bull registration fees and how the semen fee works.

    1. The semen fee rules apply to bulls registered from 1 October 2000.
    2. There are standard rules that apply to New Zealand resident bulls.
    3. Special rules apply for overseas resident bulls already registered in another country and that are re-registered into the NZ system.
    4. A bull can be bought out early from the semen fee for a one off payment of $120 plus GST if an application is received by 31 March in the year following the first distribution of semen from the bull. (Early buy out option)
    5. A bull can be bought out late from the semen fee for a one off payment of $225 plus GST if an application is received by 31 March in the year immediately prior to the proof of the bull becoming known. (Late buy out option)
    6. If a buyout option is not used then a semen fee of 20 cents per straw of semen sold capped at $7500 p.a. applies for semen sold once the proof of the bull is 60% or greater
    Event for bull
    Typical timeline
    Semen fee and buy out options
    Buy out deadline
    Bull born
    Apr – Sept
    Early registration
    Nov – Mar
    Semen distributed
    Sept – Dec
    Early buy out – $120
    31 March
    Early buy out ?
     Jan – Mar
    Daughters born
    July – Sept
    Late buy out – $225
    Late buy out ?
    All year
    Daughters mated
    Sept – Dec
    Late buy out – $225
    31 March (deadline)
    Late buy out?
    By March
    Daughters calve
    July – Sept
    Semen fee applies at 20 cents per straw capped at $7500 pa once bull has proof ³ 60% reliability


    • The semen fee and associated buy out options apply to bulls registered after 1 October 2000.
    • If a buy out option is not used the semen fee is payable on semen sold once the reliability of the bull’s BW proof is 60% or greater.
    • It is the responsibility of the bull owner or semen marketer to apply to use a buy out option before the deadline date.
    • All prices are plus GST
    1. The special semen fee and associated buy out rules apply to bulls resident in another country and that are already registered with the Jersey Breed Society in that country.
    2. If the bull is registered with Jersey New Zealand within one year from when his semen is first sold in New Zealand, the semen fee can be bought out for $0.
    3. If the bull is registered with Jersey New Zealand after one year from when semen is first sold in New Zealand but before the bull receives a New Zealand proof of 60% or greater, the semen fee can be bought out for $120 plus GST.
    4. If the bull has a New Zealand proof of 60% or greater before he is registered in New Zealand, then the semen fee per straw of semen will apply.
    5. The flat registration fee of $16 plus GST still applies.
    1. A flat fee which applies for all bulls registered as follows (all prices plus GST):
      Base rate (early bird)
      Base rate (full rate)
      Male born in year ending 31 March
      Male older
    2. A semen fee which only applies when semen is sold from a proven bull. There are options available to buy out from the semen fee before the proof of a bull is known.

      Note: When a bull is registered after 1 October 2000 it is a condition of the registration service that any semen fee obligations that may subsequently arise will be paid to Jersey New Zealand. Where registered bulls are sold for semen production, they should be sold on the basis that the semen fee obligations transfer to the new owner.


    Why was the Semen Buy Out established?

    The semen fee was introduced by Jersey New Zealand in 2001 as part of the registration process and incorporates 2000 born bulls (born in New Zealand)

    Why does the registration process for bulls differ from the female registration process?

    We use a specialised programme to complete the registration of females into the NZ Jersey Herd Book. This is called the E-Registration programme and was established in 2003.

    With regard to registering bulls, this has deliberately been kept as a manual process to ensure we complete an additional number of checks before the bull is manually registered.

    These checks enable us to determine the status of the registration and confirm that the bull is of true Jersey type (essential when these bulls are used for breeding in a number of different ways).

    These checks include (but are not limited to):

    1. Verification of the ancestry for the bull
    2. Verification of correct recording for the bull on database
    3. Verification of the breed content for the bull
    4. Verification of an official TOP & Classification record within two generations of the maternal lineage
    5. Allocation of a registered name for the bull
    6. Allocation of the Herd Book section the bull will be allocate to upon registration
    7. Any and all upgrades of registered progeny for the bull in the future.
    8. Any future upgrades in registration status for the bull

    What does the early buy out fee include?

    The Semen Buy out fee covers additional processing that Jersey New Zealand may have to complete should the bull have semen collected and distributed for use whether within New Zealand or in various overseas markets.

    Most export markets require a verified copy of a bulls FIVE generation pedigree and a covering letter from Jersey New Zealand verifying the animals pedigree and also confirming there are no known genetic defects the bull is known to pass on to its progeny.

    When semen is exported to other countries Jersey New Zealand (when requested by the appropriate Breed Society) verifies the bulls status within the New Zealand registration system and, if required, sends examples of progeny registered from the bull in question within the New Zealand system. 

    Why didn’t you just increase the basic cost of registering a bull to include this fee?

    We did not increase the base registration fee to include the Semen buy out fee for one key reason.

    Not all bulls registered with Jersey New Zealand have semen collected and distributed to the wider market.

    A number of bulls are kept as tail end bulls or Herd Sires for members and the process reflects this.

    Who is required to pay this buy out fee?

    Any company, partnership or member is required to complete a semen buy out form if they have (or intend to) distributed semen for other’s use.

    The rules are constant across the range of users and all fees remain static within that group (that is, there are no differing rates across users).

    Why is the semen buy out fee only eligible for New Zealand born bulls?

    Semen from overseas bulls is imported into the country. The bulls are not physically collected here nor are they born here.

    The pedigree of an overseas born sire is checked within its country of birth by the relevant Jersey Breed Society.

    When the semen is imported, used and subsequent progeny hit the ground, at the time the semen is first marketed Jersey New Zealand verifies the data supplied by the relevant Jersey breed society and registers the bull into the New Zealand system accordingly (we follow the classification supplied by the country of origin).

    How often is the buyout fee reviewed?

    The buyout fee is reviewed each year by Jersey New Zealand and any changes are circulated at the end of April in any given year.

    How does Jersey New Zealand keep track of the bulls that have been processed with the Semen Fee Buy Out Fee?

    Jersey New Zealand populates a database with all bulls processed since 2001. This is updated on an annual basis when we receive notifications of new bull intakes each March. You are able to ask for a summary of the bulls processed under YOUR name/business. In compliance with the 1993 Privacy Act we will not share your data with anyone else without your permission, nor will we provide other entities data to you without their written permission.