Breeder Members - contact us to have your listing updated in the Directory!
Today is the official last day of AMBA in the Chester, Virginia location.
Mail can continue to be submitted to the PO Box 2667, Chester, VA address until further notice --- update will be posted here!!
Not so sure about phone numbers and internet connection yet. Continue to reach out to us via Facebook and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be sure to have a Director check that until the main office can get back on it's syndactyl hooved feet!!
Please say a prayer that the Chairman does not forget to pack sanity - this move seems to be robbing everyone of it! LOL
God bless you all!
Gracie & "da fam" ... Ethel Mertz, Viviane Vance, Tazz, Soxx, Wilma, Thelma, Veronica, and Little Boy.
To our members, friends, family and community,
During this uncertain time we want to reach out to you with a quick update about The Livestock Conservancy’s COVID-19 response and a reminder that we are all in this together. We recognize the considerable weight placed upon our farmers and other essential personnel during this time. You are our most important partners for rare breed conservation and we want to support the work you are doing to help our country in this time of need.
We remain dedicated to protecting endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction, even during this pandemic. Our operations are continuing as normally as possible as we follow the ever-changing guidelines of our state and country to keep everyone safe.
Below are some helpful links for farmers and consumers as we navigate our changing future:
To support Livestock Conservancy farmers and members, donate to our Emergency
Schedules are continually changing. Before attending an upcoming event, please check our calendar page and with event organizers for the most current information, including cancellations, re-scheduling, news and updates.
We are still available by phone, email and social media, if you need to contact us. We hope you will reach out with questions or comments about how we can continue to support you during this time.
Thank you for being a valued part of The Livestock Conservancy community. We hope you will continue to stay safe, healthy and well.
Due to the Kansas temporary stay at home order, Registry is limited to one person processing memberships and registrations. Delays are inevitable, but we are working through every envelope and email as quickly as humanly possible.
The main "office" of AMBA is working on catching up business, but still running a bit behind.
Thank you for your patience. Stay safe and much success. Gracie Cardwell
FROM REGISTRY (AMBA's Herd Book Registry Staff:
Thank you for your understanding during our stay at home order. It was greatly appreciated.
Just letting you know as of Monday, May 4th our staff is back in the office full time as our stay at home order has been lifted for our type of business. We are working to catch up on work before we get into the busiest time of the year.
We were able to stay without a week of time in our office on error-free registry work.
People who submitted work that contained errors we just did not have the resources to get them called during the stay at home order. We are working to resolve these now since we have more than one person in the office.
Please, if you have the ability to remind breeders to double check their work before submitting it, it would be greatly appreciated. Around 30% of all work received contains errors. Missing tag numbers, birthdates, wrong amount of payment, transfer information missing, are just some examples of what is in error.
I will be working to catch up on emails that have been received that I just did not have the time to answer.
Again, thank you for your patience and understanding during these interesting times we all are facing.
Your support will help us fund our mission to preserve and promote the American Mulefoot Hog. Other levels of Membership and Support are available - please see our Membership page! Thank you! ~AMBA
Add a hot/cold beverage cup, personalized with AMBA logo, to your 2020 Membership Renewal!!
Please complete and email Membership Application Form - noting 2020 Renewal w Mug!! Make sure to include mailing/shipping address!
Supplies are limited!! $5.00 of Renewal Drive funds go toward AMBA's Special Projects!
Sign up to hear from us about upcoming events, our projects, and how you can help!
2020 Membership Drive is well underway! Check out the details, including the 2020 Application. We are working on a new document set, but use what is online for now.
In other good news:
Our membership began in 2020 with decent numbers: 24 Breeder Members (current in dues), and are receiving renewals almost every day. Have you submitted yours?
Currently we have 32 Breeder Members.
A lot of people like to analyze data with interesting charts and graphics ... I just would like to say: Well done, but we've only begun!
Thank you to our Breeder Members for supporting this great work on behalf of such a marvelous pig! Thank you to our Supporters and readers of both our Facebook presence and website!
Special thanks to Nathan & Sadie, our Student/Youth members, and Elijah & Jesse, our 4H Registrants! You are the future of the American Mulefoot Hog and AMBA. Contact us for any helps you may need in your show stall presentations!
Breeder Members still have time to submit their dues by renewing today!
Remember, registration and transfer work can only be done for members in good standing (current in their dues). AMBA office will only refer American Mulefoot Hog purchase inquiries to members in good standing, although we do guide folks to the Breeders Directory. Please don't be part of the names culled from the Directory - we are here for you.
**Necessary change to USPS registration mailing: $8.00, effective immediately.
DNA Testing and Diversity within our herds is important.
Once you identify a great line, does it make logistical sense to ship the boar or sow from farm to farm, from one coast to the other? If we were talking about a material thing, sure. Postage or shipping and handling is much cheaper than trucking a two pound package across regional bounds.
Adult American Mulefoot Hogs, whether boars or sows, weigh a little more than that two pound package, and won't fit in the USPS delivery jeep, much less the Priority Mail largest box! Self-trucking costs not only time and money (expenses most smaller farms cannot afford on either end), but puts the animal at stress risk.
Stress affects health in the long-term, including weight pick-up and fertility, as well as that unseen threat of viral or parasite contamination/cross-contamination.
"Mail Checks" address will now be accepted at:
PO Box 231
Wamego, KS 66547.
Continue to make checks payable to AMBA or American Mulefoot Breeders Association, Inc.
When mailing a check, be sure to complete and send a Work Sheet as well as any Applications necessary (Membership Application/Renewal and Registration Application). Submit Original Certificates of Registry (AMBA Transfers) or Registration Certificates/Registration Applications (AMHA&R to AMBA Registration) with your payment.
KEEP COPIES OF ALL WORK SUBMITTED, INCLUDING THE BACK OF CERTIFICATES!!
Payment can be made via PayPal through your bank or credit/debit card on the website (Shop page), or by submitting credit card information on the Work Sheet via email or mail.
We saw a little interest in the sample AMBA ball cap, but not enough for us to commit to a quantity order.
AMBA is not a retail platform, but periodically offers items of interest to raise funds to get the DNA program off the ground.
If anyone is interested in a ball cap, please email your interest & quantity to email@example.com, subject line: AMBA Cap
We will place an order after we receive a quote for that quantity. You will know the cost before committing.
We will be working on bumper stickers and window/metal vinyl clings in the near future.
The first prototype cap was through a company in Buffalo New York, and has a photo on the Facebook page. This cap was $18 including shipping. We hope with a quantity order we can get those numbers down.
There are still several nice insulated cups bearing the striking AMBA logo available.
These cups can be purchased for $20 through the website Shop page, or added to your 2020 Membership Dues for an additional fee.
All proceeds from the sale of AMBA logo cups are designated for the DNA Project costs.
So far we have collected $129 extra in cup sales and would like to have the remaining twenty or so cups gone before the end of the year!
If you have other fundraising ideas, or would like to pledge a percentage of one or all hog sales this year toward the program, we can help.
Funds marked for Fundraising are ONLY used for that purpose, not office expenses, postage or website fees.
Two of our long standing Breeder Members, elected as Directors. have resigned their leadership roles.
We were saddened to learn that Sue Franks of Dogpatch Farm in Maine, and Amy Grabish of Grabish Family Farm in California were relinquishing their posts to attend to family and personal needs.
Join us in wishing them much thanks for their contribution to the AMBA family and the American Mulefoot Hog.
It's all about the hogs.
We will be sending out questionnaires about your specific hogs to be included in the DNA profile of AMBA Breeder Member farms, and need each member to commit to completing and returning. (Similar format as last AMBA Census)
Having hair samples or DNA metrics without the characteristics that go behind it will give us a blind understanding of our American Mulefoot Hog population. We need to see with perfect clarity in this regard.
We need to know litter sizes, gender ratios, temperament, litter weights and weight pick ups ... all the stuff that commercial breeders do that helps them identify the best genetics to build upon.
Once we get this under our belts, we need to begin work on A/I collection throughout our foundation stock.
Please feel free to submit questions or concerns about your hogs, your program, or anything else American Mulefoot Hog related to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will attempt to post in blog format with AMBA and our Directors' and Breeder Members' answers or solutions.
Reminder to ALL Breeder Members:
Please submit your sales ad for livestock, feeders, breeders or pork with one clear photo and your contact information for an ad on the website.
We will do our best to post contact information to the Facebook page and groups, but there are restrictions on animal and animal "parts" sales.
We are here for you.