*Please note that as of January 1, 2018 the program has been updated.
We collect every Monday and Thursday with the exception of Holidays that UPS does not run. Holiday schedules will be posted on our website or you can call us for the schedule as well.
All semen is shipped UPS Next Day Air unless otherwise requested. In the state of Indiana, we can ship UPS Ground to save money. However UPS does not guarantee Next Day Delivery with this option, so please use at your own risk. All Rod Specials are shipped UPS Ground unless otherwise stated.
The semen will be packaged in a Styrofoam box that is inside of a cardboard box. We put the semen in a silver pouch along with a 63 degree gel pack. That is placed inside of the Styrofoam box along with packaging peanuts and bubbles. Then depending on the temperature outside, we add either cool or warm gel packs to help regulate the temperature inside of the box.
For semen being shipped out, we accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express. Semen can also be pre-paid or shipped via COD (UPS does charge extra for this service).
Saturday delivery is not available everywhere. Just give us a call at the office to find out if you have Saturday delivery or no. If you are needing shipped out and do not have Saturday delivery, we can ship other locations such as relatives in another town, neighboring towns, feed mills, etc. We are more than happy to work with you on finding a location.
Semen needs to be stored at approximately 63 degrees Fahrenheit. We strongly suggest that you invest in a semen cooler that can properly store the semen. We understand that this may not be possible or feasible for all operations. For storage tips, give us a call. DO NOT store semen in the refrigerator or freezer. The cold temperatures will cause the semen to go into shock. Also keep the semen out of direct sunlight.
The bottles should be stored on their sides, and rotated gently at least 2 times a day.
Note: We have some customers that use a wine cooler to store their semen. This is a great way to save money, however wine coolers regulate the temperatures differently so place a thermometer in the wine cooler to help regulate the temperature. Basements are also a good place to store the semen. We do suggest, that no matter where you store the semen, that you have a thermometer so you can properly monitor the environment.
Extender is the substance that we use to dilute the semen. This is done to add longevity to the life of the semen. The extender serves as ‘food’ for the semen. That is why it is important to keep the semen gently rotated and not allow it to clump in the corners. If extender was not added the fresh semen would only live for about 30 minutes.
We use Modina. This is a proven extender that is used in both the commercial and show pig communities.
The extender that we use is a 7 to 9 day extender. With that being said, every boar is different and has a different shelf life. There are some boars who shelf life is shorter and others whose is longer. Don’t hesitate to ask us before ordering. We also run samples of semen at least twice a week. We can always check our sample for you
Yes we do. We are currently carrying spiral breeding rods, foam breeding rods, lube in both a regular size tube and a mini tube, and SOA Boar Spray.
Yes you can. In a normal semen box, we can put approx. 10 to 12 breeding rods (depending on the number of doses ordered), along with the lube and boar spray. The rods are twisted and placed at the bottom of the box. We suggest that you remove them once you receive the package so they start to straighten back out. However, if you are looking for large supply of breeding rods, we suggest that you order a Rod Special. It includes 50 rods of your choice and a tube of lube. We ship that ground.
Breed Specific is a service that we offer our customers as a way to save money. What you do is tell us the breed you are looking for and we pick out the boar. They boar will be labeled on the semen bottle and the name of your boar will be located on the invoice as well. You can also register litters out of boars that were bought via breed specific. This is a great program to take advantage of for off-season litters or females that you are unsure of their heat cycles. The cost is $25 a dose.
You can order semen any day Monday – Friday. If there is a certain boar that you would like to use, we suggest that you order as early as possible to ensure that you are able to get him. However, orders can be placed up to around 4 pm EST on day of collection. Please call as early as possible on collection days so we are able to get it packaged and ready for UPS.
Yes you can. All cancellations must be made by 9 am EST on the day of collection.
Super Saving boars are boars that we offer at a special discounted price! They tend to be boars that are a little bit older and have been paid off. This is a great way to save money by ordering in volume.
We offer a breeding guarantee on all boars that are priced at $100 or more and purchased at full price. If you breed your gilt/sow and she comes back in heat, let us know within 30 days of the ship date and we will replace the semen for free. (Buyer is responsible to for packaging and shipping costs) We will do this up to 2 times. No credits or refunds will be given for the breed guarantee, just semen replacement.
Over run semen is the semen we have on shelves after all orders have been filled. We start over run at 12 pm on Monday and Thursday (collection days) and it is available on non-collection days as well. We do not guarantee that boars will be available on over run. Pricing is usually boars priced at $150 are $75 a dose, boars priced $100 to $125 a dose go to $60 a dose and boars priced under $100 are $35 a dose. There may be a few boars that are priced differently. Check out the pricing tab on our website or ask us when ordering.
Breeding Certificates are required to register any purebred litter. Once the litter is born, you can go to our home page and click on the ‘Breeding Cert’ tab or give us a call and we will take your information to get the certificate done for you. Each breed association does them alittle different. Here is the information that we will need:
The Customer Appreciation Sale is held the second Saturday of March at the Wayne County fairgrounds in Richmond, IN. For this sale, we recommend that pigs are born between December 1 and January 15th and sired by boars housed at Shaffer Goldrush. More information can be found under the customer appreciation tab.