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Auction Updates: Grading & Cataloging Revisions

February 21, 2018

GRADING & CATALOGING REVISIONS

NAFA is pleased to announce that we will be enhancing our grading and cataloging descriptions to better explain our assortment and the distinguishing features associated with the Group Names that are in our catalogues.

NAP REDUCTION

Changes have been made to the nap standards to reduce the number of nap categories from eight to five. This has been done in an effort to increase string size and reduce show lots.

The new nap standards will now constitute the following:

NAP CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
(XSN) EXTRA SHORT NAP 1X
 (SN) SHORT NAP 1
 (SMN) SHORT-MEDIUM NAP 2
 (MN) MEDIUM NAP 3
 (LN) LONG NAP 4

WEIGHT CODES

As of 2018 we will no longer be publishing a “+” to indicate heavy weight mink.

UNIFORM CATALOGUE SEQUENCING

We are eliminating the Five Star, Four Star and Three Star grades. Going forward, all of our published grades will be termed as NAFA Gold, NAFA Silver and NAFA Bronze. Each variety will now be catalogued by nap and will sell beginning with nap 4 and ending with nap 1/1x.

PLEASE NOTE: The Demi Brown and Silverblue catalogues will now run by size, then by nap in order to make groupings according to the largest changes in value, and to minimize the price differential from lot to lot. We are implementing this new catalogue structure on a trial basis for the upcoming February sale.

If you have any questions about these updates, please contact your NAFA agent.

IDENTIFYING CHANGES IN THE CATALOGUE

Please be advised that grey highlights indicate a change to the grade, size, and nap in the auction catalogue. Please see the example below.

EUROPEAN BOARD DESIGNATION

Starting in 2018, all NAFA European male mink will be put on European wide boards. These mink will continue to be identified in the NAFA Catalogue as EBD.

In addition, the majority of European goods will now be offered as one intersort for all naps (1X, 1, 2, 3, 4) which will result in fewer show lots and larger string lots.

Exceptions to the intersort will be Nap 1 and 1X where the well-recognized Unicorn and Venus Collections will continue to be lotted separately.

TECHNICAL MANUALS

Please follow the links to find the most up to date technical manuals:

Ranch Mink http://www.nafa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2018-02-16-NAFA-Mink-Tech-Brochure-E.pdf

Ranch Fox http://www.nafa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2018-02-16-NAFA-Fox-Tech-Brochure-E.pdf

Wild Fur http://www.nafa.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2018-02-16-NAFA-WF-Tech-Brochure-E.pdf