NAAB-ICAR STUD CODE GUIDELINES
ASSIGNMENT/ADMINISTRATION
APRIL 2014

1. In 1962, the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) President Richard Kellogg proposed development of a uniform coding system for bulls in AI use. This system designated "Uniform Coding for Bull Studs" which identified the bull stud, breed and code number of the bull was adopted by NAAB in 1965 with endorsement by the dairy records processing centers, USDA and breed registry associations.

2. In 2014, NAAB entered into agreement with the International Committee for Animal Recording (ICAR) to maintain NAAB-ICAR stud codes

3. NAAB maintains a database of stud code numbers assigned by NAAB-ICAR. This listing is available online (stud code list) or by request. The stud code numbering system is the property of NAAB. These guidelines and the application and number assigning process grant only a limited license to use the code numbers assigned, in accordance with the standards stated here, as they may be modified from time to time by the NAAB Board. All use must be in compliance with these guidelines, and any use not in compliance may be cause for NAAB to rescind a code number. Administering this code numbering system, which is provided as a service to the AI industry, carries certain legal obligations to NAAB, and these guidelines and their enforcement represent attempts by NAAB to preserve the useful system that has developed and gained wide acceptance while also complying with applicable laws pertaining to trade practices. Anyone using or seeking to use this numbering system that has questions about it or about these guidelines is encouraged to contact NAAB.

4. NAAB will accept applications for assignment of a NAAB-ICAR STUD CODE (AI center Number) which identifies the semen producing business and applicable subsidiary production locations. Application and supplemental information forms are available online (Stud Code Application), (Supplemental information - USA), (Supplemental information - International), or may be requested from NAAB via fax or email.

5. Prior to the assignment of a stud code number, NAAB will determine to the best of its knowledge that the applicant is a bonafide "semen producing business/semen collection center" (an establishment in which semen is collected and processed for use in artificial insemination).

The "semen collection center" is a specific facility for the collection of bull semen and should not be confused or replaced by the owner identification (ICAR International Agreement of Recording Practices, Section 8.1.8.2, June 2004).
Artificial insemination center means a facility approved by the Veterinary Administration and which meets the conditions set out in this Terrestrial Code for the collection, processing and/or storage of semen (OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code - 2005, Chapter 1.1.1. GENERAL DEFINITIONS, Article 1.1.1.1.

6. NAAB-ICAR stud codes are assigned for a specific permitted purpose. NAAB retains control of each assigned stud code and may rescind use of a stud code if it determines the stud code is being used improperly. Reference: http://www.naab-css.org/membership/coding.html. At least annually, NAAB will determine any code numbers not in active use or not being used in accordance with these guidelines. Such code numbers will be rescinded, and thereafter any use of such numbers is prohibited unless NAAB specifically grants permission in writing. Inactive is defined as non-use for one year or assigned to a facility that is no longer collecting and processing semen.

7. NAAB-ICAR will determine the number to be assigned (generally the next available consecutive number).

8. NAAB stud codes are not transferable unless NAAB specifically grants permission in writing.

9. When a semen producing business/semen collection center (processing organization) provides custom freezing services to another semen producing business/semen collection center that owns or leases the bull being custom collected (controlling organization), it is permitted to print the NAAB uniform code of the controlling organization on the straw so long as the stud code of the processing organization is also printed on the straw separate from the uniform code and standing alone.

10. NAAB-ICAR Stud Code Number - Charges

Revised April, 2014


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