Stick, excellent post! I could not agree more. I have never been able to understand why some breeders continually have to bash any bloodline or breeding program. Last time I checked, we all lived in free countries and one of the priveldges is we can breed whatever each of us wishes to breed. Every breed has a variation of bloodlines, and any breeder can pick and chose whatever he feels he can utilize. If you don't want to use some sires or the genetics produced by some breeding programs, then DON'T. I doubt there is a gun to your head when you make your breeding choices. As I have said before on here, unless your breeding program is only a hobby, you will at some time have to decide on what you will use in your breeding program to you can sell. You simply have to do this if you have a family to feed and loan payments to make. That does not mean you have to be simply a follower. There is always a need for some good outcross genetics in any breed, and if they warrant it, they will be in demand. If all you can do is complain about the way this are, get off your butt and develop cattle that will prove your point. If you produce good cattle, there will always be a market for them, providing you have a reputation and are willing to stand behind your product. Selling cattle is no different that selling cars or any other product. Reputation, service provided and fairness are all qualities that factor in to where people buy cattle. If you have a reputation of constantly screwing people, you will definitely have a harder time selling cattle. Most people buy cattle from people they like and respect. This is even more true if you sell most of your cattle privately off the farm.
In regards to aj's last post, I really think that you are really off base. I really don't know why you had to try to drive a wedge into a very good debate with some uncalled for comments. One of the really good things about this board is that there are different views, and sometimes opposing views. We can debate our views and hopefully we can get a little insight into understanding the various viewpoints of other breeders.The first step to understanding an issue is communication. We come here to debate our views and share some information with each other. When you have a better understanding of all sides of an issue, it is much easier to make decisions.
Even though I think you were trying to be sarcastic in your comments, it certainly comes across as being a slap in the face to some breeders who read this. It also suggests to people who raise other breeds that this is a commonplace practice. I will agree that there are some breeders who breed cattle only for the quick buck. They come, take what they can get, and then leave. They appear in all breeds. To me, your comments suggest that anyone who uses certain bloodlines is doing the same thing. That is completely and totally wrong. There are cattle in the Shorthorn breed, and most breeds, that will work in the enviroment and management system you have on your farm. If you are happy with what your are breeding or what others are breeding, then produce some cattle that will prove others wrong. Simply complaining about something really gets you no where and it will make your life unhappy and very very long. Actions always speak better than words.