Donkeys and mules come in many different sizes, colours and origins. One of the reasons for having a registration record of the animals is to identify these differences and origins.
It's important to keep a record of what types we have here in Australia. In recent years we have seen the importation of different breed types: mammoth, Irish, English and miniature, to name a few. We also have many "teamster" or "bush" donkeys that were the backbone of our rural societies in days gone by.
To be able to identify these animals and keep an accurate record, we need to maintain a registration system. The Affiliated Donkey Societies of Australia (ADSA) registration system is a relatively cheap way to keep these records for today and into the future. The system is only worthwhile if members and owners register their animals. Owners may never want to breed or show their animals, however, these animals are still important members of the donkey and mule population of Australia. Registration allows us to see where our donkeys came from and where they are going.
What about donkey ID?
The donkey or mule needs to be permanently identified; this could be a brand or more popular these days is a microchip. Microchipping is a simple process that can be done by your vet.
An animal with identificiation that is registered has its ownership details, parentage, breeder and current whereabouts recorded on the ADSA database. When an animal is sold and the transfer details are entered into the records, we can track the animal through its life.
Registration is a way to provide independent proof of ownership if your donkey is ever stolen or perhaps strays in a bushfire or other emergency.
Looking at the bigger picture, registration is crucial to the advancement of the breed in the future, something we all want for our donkeys.