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Code of Fair Practices

Buyers breeding animals (boars and gilts) buy them to be breed­ers. Many factors may affect an animal’s breeding capabilities. Many of these are not visible at the time of purchase. Some problems may be the result of management before the sale. Some the result of handling and management by the buyer after the purchase. Some may be hereditary. Because of this, adjustments need to be a sharing of responsibilities.
All adjustments are a matter between buyer and seller.
The National Association of Swine Records or individual registries as­sume no responsibilities for enforcement of these recommendations.

Standard Warranty

All breeding swine over 5 months of age (not used for breed­ing under 7 months of age) sold as breeding animals for breeding pur­poses, are sold with a warranty that they are capable of and will breed. If, and when, any said animal does prove to be a non-breeder, the seller shall make an adjustment to the satisfaction of the buyer, provided the buyer informs the seller of the situation within 90 days after purchase. In all purebred transactions, the registration certificate is an integral part of the transaction and shall be delivered to the buyer, properly transferred on the association records, at the expense of the seller. (These are only suggestions considered as generally acceptable within the industry. Oth­er adjustments may be made if satisfactory to both the buyer and seller.)

Factors Affecting Semen Quality & Semen Output

It is important to note that there is variation in the age at which boars reach puberty and when they mature and reach their maximum semen output.  The following factors may affect semen quality and semen output.

Age at puberty is influenced by:

  • Individual boar
  • Genotype
  • Litter birth number
  • Season of birth
  • Nutrition

Sperm output and semen quality is influenced by:

  • Age
  • Genotype
  • Nutrition/feed additives
  • Stress (i.e. heat, illness, transport, vaccines, other injections, etc.) or any management practice resulting in a reduction in feed intake.
  • Testes size
  • Collection frequency
  • Testicular trauma

Boars failing to serve or settle sows

  • Refund the difference between purchase price and market value as shown by sales receipt, if the boar is sold on the market.
  • Make a replacement of another boar satisfactory to the buyers.
  • Give the buyer credit (amount to be agreed on by both buyer and seller) on the purchase of another animal or animals.

Gilts sold as open

If proven to be bred:

  • Refund of purchase price upon return to the seller.
  • Refund difference, if any, between price paid for gilt and value of a commercial bred sow.

If proven to be a non-breeder:

  • Make a replacement of another gilt satisfactory to the buyer.
  • Refund difference between purchase price and market value of gilt as shown by a sales receipt, if gilt is sold at market.
  • Give buyer credit (amount to be agreed upon by both the buyer and seller) on the purchase of another gilt in the future.

Bred Sows

Are expected to be bred to a designated boar on date of service. When proven otherwise:

  • Replace the sow with another sow satisfactory to the buyer.
  • Refund the difference between the purchase price and market value of the sow as shown by a sales receipt, if the sow is sold at market.
  • If the buyer desires to keep the sow, refund one-half the difference between purchase price and mar­ket value of the sow at the time of the purchase.

NSR Guidelines for boars sold for A.I. collection

These are only recommendations and the relationship between the buyer and the seller is the most important part of the whole process.

  1. If a boar is determined to have a physical defect (including but not limited to an adhered or tied penis (patent frenulum), limp penis, infantile penis, and coiling of the penis in the diverticulum), which would hinder proper delivery of semen, a full refund would be due the buyer. The boar must extend his penis without physical manipulation excluding the expression of the sheath fluid.
  2. If semen quality of a boar is not up to the suggested performance standards listed below; the seller will be notified of the problem within 60 days of purchase and/or 60 days after the animal reaches 7 months of age, and the semen will be monitored up to 90 days following the date of notification. The seller may have 60 days out of the 90-day period to prove the animal reproductively sound.
  3. Using a third party reproductive specialist as a consultant may be needed. This reproductive specialist would be agreed upon by the buyer and the seller. All costs involved with the use of the reproductive specialist would be divided equally between the buyer and the seller.
  4. If the boar does not satisfactorily meet the suggested performance standards listed below in No. 1 (A or B) and No. 2; the seller would refund 100 percent of the purchase price less the dollar value of the semen that has been sold, or an agreed upon settlement with the buyer.
  5. Following are exceptions:
      • Injury or disease occurring to the boar following the time of sale.
      • Gross negligence or willful misconduct by the purchaser.
      • Boars shown competitively after sale.
  1. Any guarantees regarding freezability of semen will be made by separate agreement between buyer and seller.
  2. If seller retains any genetic material of the boar being sold that can be used for artificial insemination or cloning, the seller must disclose such fact to buyers prior to sale.

Suggested Performance Standards

Since considerable variation may exist among semen evaluation protocols a third party consultant may be needed.

  1. A. Produce 30-40 billion sperm cells (total) per week by 8 months of age when collected twice per week.
    B. Produce 50-60 billion sperm cells (total) per week by 11 months of age when collected twice per week.
  2. The ejaculate should contain at least 75% morphologically normal sperm cells and at least 70% motile cells.

Disclaimer of Warranties
Except as specifically stated in these provisions, the NSR, a partnership of the American Yorkshire Club, Hampshire Swine Registry, American Landrace Association and United Duroc Swine Registry make no warranties, either express or implied, regarding any animal consigned for sale. The aforementioned participating breed associations do not make, and hereby expressly disclaim, any warranty, whether express or implied for merchantability or of fitness for any purpose. The descriptions and other information contained in the sale catalog, to be distributed the day of the sale, regarding individual animals has been supplied by the individual consignors, and the participating breed associations neither warrant, nor assume, any liability for the accuracy or completeness of such information.


Web Site Terms & Conditions of Use

1. Terms

By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

2. Use License
  1. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on National Swine Registry's web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:
    1. modify or copy the materials;
    2. use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
    3. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on National Swine Registry's web site;
    4. remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
    5. transfer the materials to another person or "mirror" the materials on any other server.
  2. This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by National Swine Registry at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.
3. Disclaimer
  1. The materials on National Swine Registry's web site are provided "as is". National Swine Registry makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, National Swine Registry does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.
4. Limitations

In no event shall National Swine Registry or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on National Swine Registry's Internet site, even if National Swine Registry or a National Swine Registry authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on National Swine Registry's web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. National Swine Registry does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. National Swine Registry may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. National Swine Registry does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

National Swine Registry has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by National Swine Registry of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user's own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

National Swine Registry may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to National Swine Registry's web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Indiana without regard to its conflict of law provisions.


Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

  1. Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  2. We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  3. We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
  4. We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  5. Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  6. We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
  7. We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.


Return Policy

Like many retailers, we guarantee our products; if an item hasn't met your expectations, you can return it to us. Unlike most retailers, we also guarantee the product selection advice offered through our website and staff; so if an item you've purchased based on this advice turns out to be unsuitable, you can send it back. In either case, simply return the item for exchange, refund, repair, or credit.

If you have any questions about our guarantee, please email us at nsr@nationalswine.com, or call us at 765-463-9534.

Returns and Exchanges

Returns and exchanges can be made by mail. Please call 765-463-9534 if you wish to return or cancel an order placed online.

Returning by mail
  • Within the US: Returned items must be sent via insured, prepaid Regular US Mail. Insuring your return allows you to track your parcel with the US Postal Service. Please note that we cannot accept CODs or courier deliveries.

  • Outside the US: Ship goods prepaid, by insured ground shipping. To avoid unnecessary delays, please write "U.S. Goods returning" on the outside of the package.

If you are requesting an exchange, please remember to include sufficient payment for the return postage. Where applicable, please contact your local customs office for information about any taxes or duties that may be assessed on a return shipment.

Mailing address: 
National Swine Registry,
2639 Yeager Road,
West Lafayette, IN 47906, USA


Live & Online Sale/Field Service Policy

Download policy (pdf)

Live Sales:

The National Swine Registry (NSR) offers Sale/Field Service as an option for those that wish to utilize NSR field staff representatives when hosting live pig sales. NSR field staff representatives traditionally serve in a sale day consulting capacity for live sales and provide auction ring service. The following policy details the guidelines for requesting a field representative to attend a live sale:

Advertising:
  • The sale host agrees to purchase a minimum of one full-page advertisement in the SEEDSTOCK EDGE magazine.
  • The sale advertisement must run in the magazine issue immediately preceding the sale. Exceptions will be made for sales within ten days of the scheduled magazine delivery date, in which the sale host may choose to advertise in the previous month’s issue.
Sale Service Fee:
  • A $300 fee will be charged per sale to have a field representative in attendance at the sale.
  • This fee will be reduced to $200 if the member records 100 litters or more on an annual basis.
  • A second field representative can be hired, if available, for an additional $300/$200 plus expenses.
Field Representative Assignments:
  • Field representatives will be assigned based on date of sale, location, and availability.
  • Field representatives will not be available for live sales during the week of or week prior to a NSR National Show & Sale.
  • To inquire about live sale/field service, please contact your NSR field staff representative.

Online Sales:

The National Swine Registry (NSR) offers Sale/Field Service as an option for those that wish to utilize NSR field representatives when hosting online pig sales. NSR field staff representatives will serve in a sale day consulting capacity for online sales. The following policy details the guidelines for requesting a field representative as a contact for online sales:

Sale Service Fee:
  • A $300 fee will be charged per sale to secure the services of a NSR field representative when hosting an online sale.
  • This fee will be reduced to $200 if the member records 100 litters or more on an annual basis.
Online Sale Services Provided:
  • Upon securing sale service for online sales, the sale host will coordinate with the designated NSR field representative to agree on a time to view animals being consigned to the online sale.
  • NSR field representatives agree to be listed as a sale day contact for the online sale and will field questions and inquiries on animals consigned to the online sale.
Field Representative Assignments:
  • NSR field representatives will be assigned based on date of sale, location, and availability.
  • NSR field representatives will not be available for online sale service during the week of or week prior to a NSR National Show & Sale.

To inquire about online sale/field service, please contact your NSR field staff representative.

Michael Lackey

Northwest Field Representative
michael@nationalswine.com
Cell: 765.427.3733

Blaine Evans

Eastern Field Representative
blaine@nationalswine.com
Cell: 765.490.3731

Mick Bellamy

Southwest Field Representative
mick@nationalswine.com
Cell: 765.427.7741