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Re: Breed Purity
Posted by Just a random guy on December 7, 2018, 11:34 am, in reply to "Breed Purity
Building better hogs is in the eye of the breeder. There are, and should be, multiple views on what makes a better hog. My question back to you would be how many people are always acting on their view of what makes a 'better hog'? As a simple example, the commercial world prefers faster growing hogs that can get to market fast with the least amount of cost. But that's not the best strategy in the 'show' arena where a slower growth rate (and frequently some more advanced and expensive feeds) allows a family to keep an animal looking fresher, longer and therefore gives them the ability to exhibit that animal at multiple shows in pursuit of the banner. Neither avenue is any more right or wrong than the other - and therefore 'better hog' is completely subjective. The market you serve most likely dictates the hog you are going to produce.
I would agree with you that the NSR botched the roll-out of the new Hamp testing but I don't disagree with their intent. Personally, I didn't take it to be a witch hunt to fish out some bad eggs - obviously that was going to be a possibility as a result of testing outcomes though. I also think that at the end of the day, had their timeline not been so aggressive in allowing/not allowing registrations, it wouldn't have been the firestorm that it is. But I don't have any heartburn over the intent.
You close your post with "will it encourage young breeders to add CPS breeds" - I hope they elect to add any/all of the CPS breeds regardless of if there are breed purity tests. Its in all of our best interests to continue to support breed purity as it gives us all unique markets to produce and sell into. If you want to sell a family a pure Poland, do it as there's a market for it. If you want to sell a family a pure Duroc, do it as there's a market for it. In my opinion, you take away the only thing that can somewhat 'prove' those markets to be legitimate, then everything might just as well be a crossbred as that's where it will end up anyways. I really hope it never comes to that as I enjoy the historical knowledge of the breeders that make up the breeds, the genetic strategy that I hope to extract from another breeder's program as I know that this boar does this or that sow line does that, and frankly the outcome of everybody's decisions on show day. You take away some of that 'predictability' and it takes away a lot of what I find fun about raising hogs. This is just my two cents of course and I realize others will have differing opinions. But you asked so I shared.