Cattle Breeders Provincial Associations found within the framework of the Animal Breeding Law No. 4631 are breeder organizations found within the framework of the Regulation on the Establishment and Services of Breeders for Breeding Purposes. In order to achieve this goal, the Pedigree System is carried out on a provincial basis, and parent and yield records that will constitute the basis for pedigree in cattle are followed.

Record-keeping qualities that will contribute to the work in herdbook began in Turkey with projects in collaboration with the governments of Italy and Germany. The Turkish Anafi-Dairy Cattle Development Project (ANAFI) supported by the Italian government was carried out in 9 provinces (Aydın, Balıkesir, Burdur, Isparta, İzmir, Denizli, Manisa, Muğla and Uşak) between 1989-1994. The Cattle Breeding Information System Project (GTZ), which started in 1995 and was carried out jointly with the German Government, was carried out in 7 provinces (Bursa, Edirne, Kırklareli, Konya, Sakarya, Samsun and Tekirdağ) and ended in 2000.

Both projects also aim to create a registration system in Turkey and to ensure the establishment of associations to carry out this registration system. As a matter of fact, with these projects, breeders were directed to organize, and Cattle Breeders Associations  were established since 1995.

Established in 16 provinces association  of the top organizations came together in 1998, Cattle Breeders’ Associations of Turkey was established. As of December, the number of provincial Associations that are members of the Cattle Breeders’ Associations of Turkey has reached to 80.

In Turkey National Cattle Breeders Program  of cattle is carried out by Cattle Breeders’ Associations of Turkey. (Bu program kapsamında Merkez Birliği Tarım ve Köyişleri Bakanlığı Tarımsal Üretim ve Geliştirme Genel Müdürlüğü ile 3 ayrı projede ortak çalışmaktadır ) Within the scope of this program, the Cattle Breeders’ Associations of Turkey cooperates with the General Directorate of Agricultural Production and Development of Ministry of Agriculture and Forest in 3 different projects. These;

  1. Herdbook Project
  2. Pre-Herdbook Project
  3. Progeny Testing Project

Purpose of the National Breeding Program

Able to yield 7000 kg milk with 4% fat in lactation (305 days),

Reaching 750 kg live weight and 145 cm rump height at adult age,

Well-built  and healthy; Body capacity that can give the expected high efficiency,

Foot and hoof structure that will provide comfortable movement ability,

Convenient and easy to milk with machine,

to obtain a genotype with a capacity udder and to spread it in the population.

Affiliated Organizations

National                                                               International

National Milk Council                                       European Holstein-Red Holstein Confederation

National Meat Council                                     International Committee  for Animal Registration (ICAR)

The International Bull Evaluation Service (Interbull)

Staff Vehicle Status

Number of Associations 81

Number of Branch 163

Agriculture Engineer 217

Veternarian 160


Total Staff 1500

Vehicle 900

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