Terms & Conditions
These terms and conditions (the “Terms") govern the purchase, sale, and use of all bovine related products and services offered by ABS Global, Inc. or its affiliates (“ABS”), including without limitation: bovines, semen, and embryos (“Germplasm”); udder care products; breeding certificates; artificial insemination, ovum-pick up, embryo transfer, in-vivo fertilization, pregnancy checks, or any related breeding or veterinary services (“Breeding Services”); genetic management services, laboratory services, and related equipment or supplies (collectively, with the Germplasm and the Breeding Products, the “Products”). Please read these Terms carefully, as your use or purchase, or your employees’ or representatives’ use or purchase (collectively or individually, “you”), of ABS Products constitutes your confirmation and agreement be bound by these Terms. ABS reserves the right to make changes to these Terms from time to time.
PURCHASE & SHIPPING.
By placing an order for Products, you confirm that you are authorized to make the purchase. All orders are subject to acceptance by ABS and availability at time of shipment. All sales are final, cannot be canceled, and are non-refundable unless otherwise noted in these Terms. Upon receipt, you shall inspect the Products to confirm that they are as ordered. You must notify ABS of any loss, damage, or error as to Product type or quantity (“Nonconforming Products”) within 7 days of delivery, or in the case of loss of Germplasm due to a shipping tank failure, within 24 hours of delivery, and ABS will replace or refund in accordance with the warranty below. Customer shall return or destroy all Nonconforming Products as instructed by ABS.
Payment terms are as listed in statement/invoice. You shall provide ABS with any information or documentation necessary for ABS to invoice you the amount due to ABS. ABS may audit your records annually to confirm any information provided to ABS under this section. Payment of sales tax is your responsibility and shall be applied to orders in accordance with all applicable tax laws. All Products ship Incoterms 2010 CPT (first carrier) to the invoice location, unless otherwise stated by ABS. Except as otherwise stated herein, title will pass to the customer at first carrier.
ABS Products are approved for animal agriculture use only. You may not export Products or distribute, sell, or transfer Products to any third-party without the express written consent of ABS. Germplasm may only be used in animals owned or leased by you in the ordinary course of business subject to the restrictions in these Terms. You may not without the prior written consent of ABS: reverse engineer, genotype, sequence, clone, reverse sort, genome edit, analyze or manipulate the Germplasm; produce male progeny from Germplasm for the purpose of collecting and selling their semen; or use Germplasm or its Derivatives for any research or development use, including in public or private research programs. Sexed semen may be used solely for single artificial insemination of a single bovine, with the intent to produce a single offspring.
ICON SIRES™ PROGRAM: You are not permitted to use Icon Sires Germplasm or its Derivatives for any purpose whatsoever, regardless of how it came into your possession, without first obtaining a conditional right to do so by signing an Icon Sires Contract. Male offspring of Icon Sires that are not purchased by ABS under the Icon Sires Contract may only be used in your herd for natural service or sold for slaughter, notwithstanding any terms to the contrary in the Icon Sires Contract.
NUERA™ PROGRAM: NewEra Germplasm may only be used to create a terminal crossbred offspring (beef x dairy cross or beef x beef cross) that is sold or otherwise transferred into the beef supply chain (e.g. sale to a slaughterhouse or feed yard) for the purpose of slaughter.
All rights in the Germplasm not expressly granted hereunder are reserved by ABS and all other uses of the Germplasm are strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of ABS.
If you purchase Breeding Services from ABS, you are responsible, at your own cost, for preparing animals in accordance with ABS’s instructions. Additional fees may apply if animals are not properly prepared. You are responsible for Products not used during the Breeding Services, including fresh embryos. For any Breeding Services charged by pregnancy, pregnancy shall mean a positive pregnancy check (ultrasound or non-return) between 30 and 45 days post breeding, unless otherwise agreed by ABS. ABS may provide certain services through a subcontractor.
WARRANTIES AND LIABILITY.
ABS warrants that the Germplasm conforms to the description on the individual straw or ampule it is packaged in. Except as otherwise set out in these Terms, all Products provided by ABS are sold "AS IS". ABS SPECIFICALLY GIVES NO WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, HEALTH, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY STATED IN THESE TERMS AND TO THE EXTENT ALLOWABLE BY LAW, ALL OTHER WARRANTIES ARE DISCLAIMED. ABS specifically disclaims any warranty of (a) the genetic make-up of the Product; (b) the performance of the Product, or the characteristics or performance of the offspring of the Product; and (c) the absence of pathogens from the Product. The warranty described above is contingent upon the proper use by you of the Products in line with industry standards and in compliance with these Terms and does not cover any Products which have been modified in any manner or subject to abuse, neglect, misuse or alteration. If a Product offered by ABS itself is not as described under such warranty, your sole remedy is to return it in unused condition and a credit up to the purchase price of the Product will be issued to your account. ABS attempts to be as accurate as possible in its Product descriptions. ABS does not warrant that Product descriptions, marketing materials, website content, or other information related to the Products is accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.
ABS, ITS AFFILIATES, AND THEIR EMPLOYEES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AND DISTRIBUTORS (“ABS PARTIES”) ENTIRE LIABILITY ON ANY CLAIM ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO THE PRODUCTS (WHETHER FROM BREACH OF WARRANTY, CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE, OR FIDUCIARY DUTY) SHALL NOT EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE PAID TO ABS FOR THE PRODUCTS THAT ALLEGEDLY CAUSED THE LOSS, OR IF ABS SO ELECTS, REPLACEMENT OF THE PRODUCT. IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY ABS PARTY BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL, MULTIPLIED DAMAGES OR LOST PROFITS SUSTAINED BY YOU OR ANY OTHER PERSON, OR FOR ANY FAILURE OF COWS TO CALVE. YOU AGREE NOT TO ASSERT ANY NON-CONTRACTUAL CLAIM UNDER STATE LAW ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO YOUR PURCHASE OR USE OF ANY PRODUCT. YOU ASSUME ALL RISK AND LIABILITY ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO YOUR USE, HANDLING, OR STORAGE OF PRODUCTS OR RELATED TO DEFECTS IN ANY STORAGE CONTAINERS OR TANKS CONTAINING PRODUCTS.
Liquid Nitrogen Notice.
You shall transfer all Germplasm from shipping tanks to your own nitrogen tanks immediately upon receipt. You are responsible for providing and maintaining liquid nitrogen tanks, including nitrogen levels and tank operation at all times. ABS may provide liquid nitrogen services to customers as an ancillary service. Such services are provided on an “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” basis. Without limiting the foregoing, the ABS Parties shall not be responsible for any loss and/or damages, direct or indirect, arising out contract, tort, or fiduciary duty by providing liquid nitrogen to you. To the extent allowable by law, all liability for the supply, maintenance, or servicing of liquid nitrogen storage tanks is expressly disclaimed by ABS Parties.
ABS contracts with independent contractors, sales agents, authorized representatives, or other distributors (“Distributors”) from whom you may purchase Products directly. Distributors are not the agents, employees, or servants of ABS and are not authorized to contract for, or on behalf of, ABS. Because ABS does not control the Products after transfer to a Distributor, ABS disclaims all liability for the Products, services, actions, or work provided to you by Distributors.
You agree to defend, indemnify and hold all ABS Parties harmless from any and all claims, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, in any way arising from, related to or in connection with (a) your use of ABS Products; (b) your breach or alleged breach of these Terms; (c) your violation of any third-party right, including any intellectual property right, publicity, confidentiality, property or privacy right; (d) your violation of any laws, rules, regulations, codes, statutes, ordinances or orders of any governmental and quasi-governmental authorities, including all regulatory, administrative and legislative authorities; and (e) any misrepresentation made by you.
All intellectual property rights in the Germplasm and the genetic materials contained in or derived from the Germplasm (in whole or in part) or its progeny, including any DNA, RNA, protein or other molecular or hereditary materials (“Derivatives”) are the sole and confidential property of ABS and are treated by ABS as trade secrets. ABS grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, limited, revocable license to such intellectual property rights to use the Germplasm and Derivatives strictly as permitted under the “Use” section. Trademarks, logos and service marks on ABS materials, Products, websites, or elsewhere by ABS are registered and unregistered trademarks of ABS (“ABS Marks”). No license or right to use any ABS Mark is granted by these Terms. All other uses of ABS intellectual property (including the ABS Marks) are strictly prohibited without the prior written consent of ABS.
DATA & SOFTWARE.
Some Products allow you to download ABS owned or licensed software ("Software") onto your computer or device, which may update automatically. ABS grants you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, revocable license to use the Software, solely in connection with the Products. To the extent any component of the Software is offered under a third-party sub-license, you must use that Software in compliance with the terms and policies of the third-party supplier, in addition to these Terms. Unless the following restrictions are prohibited by law, you agree not to reverse engineer or decompile the Software or Products, attempt to do so, or assist anyone in doing so. As part of ABS’s effort to continually improve its Product offerings, ABS employees or Distributors may collect data or information, including herd performance data, from your technology systems (“Data”). By permitting ABS employees or Distributors to access your Data, you grant ABS a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, transferable, worldwide license to use the Data for ABS business purposes. ABS understands that maintaining anonymity of your Data is important to your business operations, and will not use your Data in a way that discloses your individual or business identity to the public. Any data, reports, information or intellectual property created, generated or discovered by ABS from the Data (individually or in aggregate) is the sole property of ABS, and no ownership rights in such data, reports, information or intellectual property shall transfer to you or any third-party.
COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS.
You agree to comply with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, codes, statutes, ordinances or orders of any governmental and quasi-governmental authorities, including all regulatory, administrative and legislative authorities, including any anti-corruption and bribery law, policy or regulation, in connection with your purchase or use of the Products and in your dealings with ABS.
These Terms are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin, USA without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law. You irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Wisconsin, USA over any claim or matter arising out of or related to these Terms or your purchase or use of Products.
ENTIRE AGREEMENT & INTERPRETATION.
These Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and ABS, and supersede and replace any agreement, terms and conditions, or your purchase order or other ordering document related to the Products, except to the extent that such agreement is in writing, signed by both you and ABS (“Written Contract”). To the extent that the terms of a Written Contract conflict with these Terms, the terms of the Written Contract shall prevail. In the event these Terms differ from terms and conditions on ABS printed forms, these Terms shall prevail. In these Terms, the word “including” shall be deemed to be followed by the words “without limitation.”
WAIVER, SEVERABILITY & ASSIGNMENT.
ABS’s failure to enforce any provision of the Terms is not a waiver of its right to do so later. If a provision is found unenforceable or invalid for any reason, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force and effect. You may not assign any of your rights under these Terms, and any such attempt shall be void. ABS may assign its rights to its affiliates or subsidiaries, or to any successor in interest of any business associated with ABS.
ABS may revise these Terms from time to time, and will post the most current version on our website. You are bound by any revision and should review these Terms periodically. If any provision of these Terms is deemed invalid, void, or unenforceable for any reason, that provision shall be severed and shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any remaining provision, and the parties shall substitute for the invalid provision a provision that most closely approximates the intent and economic effect of the invalid provision.