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In 2004 three breed societies cooperated when replacing their existing databases for pedigree registration. This led to the formation of BASCO Data Ltd. Allowing the individual founder members to continue servicing their members as autonomous independent organisations promoting their respective breeds.

Following the award of a major grant in 2005 from the Agricultural Development Scheme (ADS) provided by Defra, developments in the original database, the joining of BASCO by Signet and the genetic evaluations being undertaken in Edinburgh by SAC Egenes department have all positively contributed to enhance this valuable database. Ongoing development is leading to a major breeding and performance recording service operating in the UK for UK farmers, using UK parameters for evaluation and most importantly, owned and controlled by BASCO Data Ltd, a UK business.

The future for livestock breeders will be characterised by more recording and better use of information. The BASCO database will continue to enable breeders to meet those challenges and to exploit valuable information to meet market requirements.

BASCO Registration and Support

You can now access all BASCO public and member services from

Before you can register for member online services you must be set up for Direct Debit with the Society.

Registering for BASCO is easy. Go to and click “login”. Click the link “you can register here!” Use your email address that you have notified to the Society. If you have not informed us of your email address then call us and we will set this up for you. If you have changed email address then please also let us know so we can update your records to get you started.

You will be sent an activation email. Just click on the link in the email or cut and paste it into the address bar of your internet browser. Please ensure that you are using the latest version of the browser on your PC or MAC to get the optimum service. Or use your tablet or iPad for extra convenience. Then just click “activate” and select “login” again to enter your email address and your new password.

Texel members should ring the office on 02476 696629 for any advice or support on using the BASCO system.

Basco User Guide

How to Register for Basco

Inbreeding Prediction Tool User Guide

Managing Inbreeding within Sheep Breeding Programmes

BASCO Search

Search the BASCO database online

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