garybob said:I've got an idea! How about breeding Shorthorns with enough positive, balanced traits that are good enough to "sell themselves"? Seems to me, we have "Balancer Envy".
I love Maines and don't misunderstand me the direction they have chosen works for them, but when you get to that point, you are too late to take a step back and evaluate, at that point the breed direction has been established and it will take years to reverse. JMOitk said:However, if we get to a point where like the Maines where half of our registrations are from the appendix program we need to step back and take a hard look at what our breeds role is in the cattle industry.
itk said:Besides heterosis an appendix program also takes away breed identity. Walk through the alleys at any show and the limmys, maines, guppies, simmys, angus all look the same. I feel that so much of the pride and heritage that the shorthorn breed has comes from the red, white and roan. I know that the assoc. has checks in place but I never want to see the day when black purebreds are allowed to be registered. What a sticky wicket that would be. Would it be better to have a black shorthorn that was registered purebred or a roan animal that was only 3/4 blood? The purest in me says the breed will never want to change it's red, white and roan roots. However, with an increased interest in crossbreeding programs and the change in policy on what is and isn't asterisk free cattle a few years ago the idea of black shorthorns might not be that far fetched. If it was only about raising "good" cattle there would be no need for breed associations. When I look at the operations that have been around for almost a century and sometimes more in this breed I see the pride that they have in their cattle and the history behind them. This makes me positive that there is more to this breed then just "good" cattle.