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The Jobs Not Over Until the Paperwork’s Done!

 

This is more of a housekeeping post today. As the effort to preserve and document the genetics of the Meishan breed continues we are constantly adapting to the needs of the breed.And in some cases to the needs of our IT people and the instructions of our trademark attorney.

 

Transferring Ownership of Registered Piglets:

Our current pedigree forms (Which also act as our “Authorization to Transfer Forms”)read as follows at the bottom of the page; ” Transfer fee is $75 for non A.M.B.A. members; $20 for A.M.B.A. Members. Transfer Application must be submitted within 60 days of initial transfer”.  The A.M.B.A. has had to make a change in this policy for two reasons. One, to properly issue a pedigree with the owners listed our IT source has told us the new owner must be in the member database. Second, because several trademarks are involved our trademark attorney suggests it makes the appropriate use of trademarked material a more well-defined area if only members are issued A.M.B.A.pedigrees . So now any transfer of a pedigreed A.M.B.A. Certified Meishan Pig is $20 for all member levels if executed within 60 days of transfer.However if the transfer is not executed within 60 days of transfer the registration fee will increase to $75 per pig (even for members). This is a bad news good news situation. The bad news is that you can no longer officially transfer pedigreed ownership of A.M.B.A.  registered pig to a non-member. The good news is that it is less expensive to join the A.M.B.A. at the associate or certified breeder level and then transfer the pigs as members than it would have been to transfer  as a non-member;

 

Example:

Under the old  procedures a non-member transferring two pigs to their name would have been charged $150 to register those pigs in their name. And at this price had no benefits of membership. If that person joins as an associate member($25 per year) and transfer the same two pigs the cost is $65 including membership. If that person joined at the certified breeder member level($75  per year) then the cost to transfer both pigs with a membership is $115.

 

Some of the benefits of the different levels of membership are:

Associate Member:

  • Have limited use of all American Meishan Breeders Association Trademarks. These Currently include : A.M.B.A. , American Meishan Breeders Association, The A.M.B.A. Logo, A,M.B.A. Certified Pure Meishan Pig, A.M.B.A. Certified Meishan Pork.
  • Have access to members only portion of website
  • Can register litters(for a fee) and purchase pedigrees for offspring they breed. It is required that all breeding stock have a pedigree issued for any member to remain in good standing.This does not apply to meat stock
  • Can purchase pedigreed Meishan stock from other breeders and transfer the ownership to their name and farm.This will be noted in the registry.

Certified Breeder Level:

  • Be listed in the Meishan breeder Locator on www.meishanbreeders.com website so long as they are members in good standing and have at least one genetically sound breeder pair(not brother and sister) of A.M.B.A. Certified Meishan Pigs.
  • Have limited use of all American Meishan Breeders Association Trademarks. These Currently include : A.M.B.A. , American Meishan Breeders Association, The A.M.B.A. Logo, A,M.B.A. Certified Pure Meishan Pig, A.M.B.A. Certified Meishan Pork.
  • Can register litters(at no charge ) and purchase pedigrees for offspring they breed. It is required that all breeding stock have a pedigree issued for any member to remain in good standing.This does not apply to meat stock.
  • Can purchase pedigreed Meishan stock from other breeders and transfer the ownership to their name and farm.This will be noted in the registry.

 

SAMPLE REGISTRATION ONLY

Preserving the breed:

It is the hope that when members do transfer pedigreed stock that they inform their customers of these policies and the cost-effective benefits of membership. Please encourage them to follow through with the transfer process.In a very short time we have already seen the value the marketplace is placing on pure  registered vs undocumented or Meishan influenced pigs. More importantly when transfers occur and are not properly documented the genetics of that pig are lost to the breeder database. With the unique history and narrow available genetic base of this breed losing any of the available genetics is a serious blow to the effort to preserve and document the Meishan breed in North America and world-wide.

 

Caveat Emptor:

Caveat Emptor is Latin for “let the buyer beware”. We feel it is important to point out that any owner/breeder selling what they claim is “A.M.B.A. registered stock” should be able to produce a pedigree both for the pig in question and for the parents (if on site). We have already been inundated with reports ,and have seen ourselves, of inaccurate and in some cases totally false claims of the availability  “registered” or “can be “registered” Meishan Pigs. If a pig is registered with the A.M.B.A. the owner should have a pedigree listing them as the owner.If they do not have that document you have no assurance that they have such a pig. While a number of pigs are under consideration for inclusion in the database as “grade” or pure based on the chain of custody method the A.M.B.A.is moving slowly and cautiously on that front due to the levels of misinformation we have encountered. Please check with the A.M.B.A. at info@meishanbreeders.com if you have any questions concerning any individual “Meishan” ,its owner or its status as it relates to the registry.In addition there have been a number of inaccurate claims about the source of undocumented pigs. The most common inaccuracies can be associated with the term “Zoo Stock”. During our national herd survey when this term comes up we ask one simple question. Which zoo did it come from? And to date the responses have ranged from “I don’t know” to referencing a municipal zoo.The issue with the municipal zoo reference is that ,to date, every time we call the zoo referenced they either never had Meishans or if the did never sold them or bred them.  Also bloodline claims(Illinois and USDA especially) without  documentation are also almost always  inaccurate or patently false.  If you chose to take these claims , or the claims of an auctioneer at an exotic animal sale barn, as fact you do so at your own risk. If your long-term goal is to breed genetically healthy and pure Meishan stock there is no substitute for an A.M.B.A. pedigree. I often hear the refrain that “paper doesn’t tell me if I have a good pig my eyes do”. And I agree the primary evaluation of any livestock animal is done by looking at the animal and not the pedigree.But the pedigree allows you to make informed breeding decisions so that you can breed more pigs  as good or better as the one in front of you.

Online Litter Registrations

We regret that our online litter registration system for members is not yet functional. It is a complicated process and we want it to have the highest potential for accuracy and simplicity.Until we have a system we are confident in we will not go live with it.We hope that occurs very soon. However it is farrowing season.. And we are excited that so many member breeders are getting ready to farrow the next generation and the future of this breed.If you wish to pedigree offspring just contact me at rico@meishanbreeders.com and I will walk you though your litters and see that your pedigrees get issued.

The future of the Meishan breed in the US . Another genetically healthy pure and documented litter.

In closing these are exciting times for the breed. The A.M.B.A. has a booth at the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville NC April 28th and 29th 2018, the breed has been featured in “Out There Magazine” (tractor Supply) and Countryside magazine and will have an in  depth video presentation presented at the 2018 Home Grown Food network Summit Webinar. We hope anyone interested in supporting the effort to preserve this important,unique and endangered breed will consider joining the A.M.B.A. In the mean time remember:

 

The Jobs Not Over Till The Paperwork’s Done!

 

Be Blessed,

Rico Silvera

President

American Meishan Breeders Association

 

 

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