Terms Conditions and Privileges of Membership

Terms Conditions and Privileges of Membership

  1. The American Meishan Breeders Association (the Association) has established these guidelines for individuals seeking membership or who have already purchased membership (Members) in the Association. The rights terms and guidelines established herein are subject to modification by the Board of Directors (the Board) of the American Meishan Breeders Association at any time.
  2. Both the Association and its members agree to work diligently and honestly in the promotion, preservation and documentation of the Meishan breed of pig.
  3. By accepting membership Members agree to abide by and adhere to all terms of membership stated herein. They further agree that it is the Board and its designates which set and may modify the terms of Membership herein. They further accept that no rights are granted to Members except those expressly stated herein.
  4. Members of the association are those individuals or groups defined as eligible (see below) by the Board who have purchased a membership (Temporary, Associate, Certified Breeder or Foundation Life member) from the Association. Each remains a member in good standing so long as their membership is currently paid up and they adhere to the rules of conduct defined by the Association herein and reviewable by the Board. Membership may be revoked at any time should the Board feel there is evidence that any member has violated the terms, spirit and responsibilities of membership. The Board may determine if such revocation is with cause and is not eligible for a prorated refund of membership.
  5. Members may cancel the following memberships, Associate, Certified Breeder or Foundation Life Member at any time. Such cancellation by a member is eligible for a prorated refund not to exceed 50% of the actual membership payment. Temporary Memberships are not eligible for refund when cancelled by a member or by the Board.
  6. Ownership of Meishan Hogs is not a pre-requisite for membership in the Association. However to use the various certified marks owned by the association a member in good standing must own at least one breeding pair of animals listed in the Association Pedigree data Base /Herd Book (Herd Book).
  7. Use of said certified marks is granted on a limited and revocable basis. Only a member in good standing may display the Association service marks and trademarks, subject to the restrictions established by the Board, on any website, business card, product label, any documentation, social media site or any other publication or literature not owned by the Association.
  8. Only Certified breeder and Foundation life Members in good standing may use the “A.M.B.A. Certified Meishan Pork “ service mark if, and only if, that meat was taken from the offspring of two parents hogs who are listed as 100% foundation stock,100% Grade or any percentage combination of the two which total 100%. A.M.B.A. Certified Meishan Pork may not be the result of crossing Meishan stock listed in the Herd Book with any other breed or any other hog purported to be Meishan if it is not listed in the Herd Book.
  9. Only Certified Breeders, or Foundation Life Members in good standing may serve on the Associations A.M.B.A. Breeders Council. These are volunteer positions. One breeder per region. Regions are defined by the Board. Term of service is two years with odd number region offices expiring in odd years and even number region expiring in even years. Should an Breeders Council member be unable or unwilling to continue service the board shall appoint a replacement to serve out that term.
  10. In case where the board seeks a vote of the membership only Certified breeder and Foundation Life members may vote and only one vote per organization or farm operation.
  11. To remain a member in good standing all Members agree to accurately register all litters which result from the pure breedings of Foundation Level or Grade Level pigs. This includes those litters where all piglets may be designated feeder or butcher stock. Failure to register litters is grounds for revocation of membership without refund.
  12. To remain a member in good standing Members agree to file the proper transfer paperwork or to provide the buyer or recipient of the pig with an approved Pedigree transfer form any time a pig listed in the herd book or recorded on a litter registration is transferred or sold..
  13. To remain a member in good standing Members agree to fully participate in all herd census efforts  carried out by the Board .
  14. Members agree to accurately record all breedings and to never misrepresent those breedings in any way.
  15. Members agree to maintain management practices which allow them to identify accurately each individual hog. In addition members agree to maintain management practices which allow them to document which hogs have interbred.
  16. Members agree that they shall maintain accurate breeding records and will supply copies of those to the Association if requested.
  17. Members seeking to obtain litter performance stars for individual hogs agree to supply the Association with any documentation requested including but not limited to notarized statements of witness and or digital photographs if requested by the Board or its designates.
  18. Members agree that all records,data,photos and information supplied by the member to the Association become the property of the Association in perpetuity without further recourse or compensation to the member.
  19. The Association agrees to not share sell or transmit contact information about any member in good standing other than those items displayed on our website breeder locator or on affiliated websites planned in the future included but not limited to meishanpork.com and www.makeminemeishan.com .
  20. Members agree to hold the Association harmless for any action, modification of terms or policies enacted now or in the future by the Association. In cases where members wish to seek  redress they may appeal to the Board. The Board may its sole discretion seek the input of the Advisory board, Breeders Council or a vote of the eligible members. Results of such an appeal is final. Members agree that the laws and courts of the state of Tennessee shall have jurisdiction and shall act as the sole venue in cases of litigation. In addition if requested by the Board members ,by accepting these terms, agree to submit any issues to mediation or arbitration within the State of Tennessee as final  recourse in lieu of litigation for any issues related to membership in the Association
  21. Membership may be granted to individuals, individual farms, nonprofit organizations, for profit organizations ,research facilities and government (state.local or federal) entities. Final determination of eligibility is the sole purview of the Board or its designates.
  22. By purchasing any level membership from the Association the prospective member agrees to the terms above.