Thank you Jeremy for responding.... and for setting the record straight! I was reluctant to respond to some of the accusations presented on here in this regard, as I knew some of them were wrong... and I did not want to get into an argument with some on matters that I could not prove( at least on here). I agree 110% with your comments regarding the importance of each and every sector of this breed. A small breed like the Shorthorn breed needs each and every member regardless whether they play in the " feed and fluff " arena or try to produce cattle that will run on the range. I have never been able to figure out why people get so crazy over these issues. I simply cannot understand how closed minded so many people are, when it comes to these splits within the breed.
I keep hearing things like " only the show people advertise in Shorthorn Country". That may be the case, but like I have said many times before on here, if you don't like this, please pick up the damn phone and dial Shorthorn Country and book some space in the next issue. I know for a fact that they will not refuse your ad simply because you do not wash and blow your cattle every day, and have a cool room to put them in. The phone number for Shorthorn Country is 402-393-7051... so if you are tired of only show oriented people advertising, please put your money where your mouth is.. and advertise your herd.
I can hardly believe some of the slanderous statements I see on here from time to time. I do not understand what brings people to say things about other people like this. It is totally uncalled for and if it continues, I would not be surprised that some people being contacted by a lawyer, as some of these posts are totally wrong. Let's remember, we can bash one bloodline or another but you step into a totally different arena, when you make slanderous and libelous comments about other people.
Almost everyone I know does not see cattle the same. That is normal. You are free to raise whatever type of cattle you want to... so quit whining about what other people are raising and get serious about raising your own type of cattle. As for the politics of the breed, there are no more politics in this breed than there are in any other breed. I have been involved in 7 breed associations in the past few years, and believe me.... the Shorthorn breed can't hold a candle to some others. I don't understand why so many people spend more time finding fault with others, and the cattle they raise, than they do breeding their own cattle and promoting them properly. There are lots of genetics in this breed to raise whatever kind of cattle you want to raise.
The time has come to stop this stupidity. If you don't like what is happening, run for the board, or find someone of like mind to run. Raise the kind of cattle you want and quit worrying about what others are raising. Prove to yourself ( and others) that you have a product that the industry can use... and please stop the derogatory remarks about people that you simply have no proof about. Quite frankly, if you knew how much you are damaging your own reputation with some of these comments, I think you might think twice.
Jeremy, I am sure it took a lot of courage to write what you did. Thank you for setting the record straight.