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What to know about
BREED REGISTRIES

 

The Primary purpose(s) of animal registries are trusted and taken for granted. However, with shrinking profit margins in the cattle business, if registries are also expected to expand their purposes to include extensive breed promotion such as branding programs, advertising, sales, shows, etc., to advance a breed's value and popularity in comparison with other breeds, primary purposes can fall into second place. Although an important registry goal is to provide registration certificates that significantly increase the value of an animal, that should not be done at the expense of the original purpose of the registry. So let's look at what primary and secondary purposes should usually include:

 

Primary Purpose of a “Heritage Breed” Registry

  1. to protect and preserve a breed's history and purity

 

Primary Purpose of a “Modern Breed” Registry

  1. to keep complete, accurate records of a breed's history and development

 

Secondary Purposes of a Breed Registry

 

Registry issues

When issues arise...
If ever PRIMARY and SECONDARY PURPOSES collide, a registry's primary purpose could be put at risk by one or more secondary purposes.

ETHICAL SOLUTIONS: A successful registry will understand potential risks, and install safeguards from the start. Such safeguards could be built in the registry's infrastructure--from its mission statement--to its goals, bylaws, rules--even to its job descriptions for personnel. In this way, a registry can best ensure it is run by decision-makers who understand the difference between its primary purpose and its secondary purposes; who are willing, able and determined to apply registry rules and bylaws with care, courage & tact. An ethical registry will always put the welfare of its breed first and foremost, and earn its membership's trust and loyalty for generations to come.

 

Sources & Resources

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Breeds of Homestead & Miniature Cattle
What to Know About Breeds of Homestead & Miniature Cattle
Chart Comparisons between breeds of Homestead & Miniature Cattle
What is the difference between "Fullblood" and "Purebred"?
DNA TESTS for Homestead & Miniature Breeds of Cattle
Genetic Mutations: 12 Fascinating Facts about DNA that a genetics lab may not tell you
International Livestock Registries (internationallivestockregistries.com)

What is a Breed. A simple, concise history of type & purity of British & Continental breeds of cattle. Beef Magazine
Creating Breeds and Composites. TX Cooperative Extension Agency & Texas AMU
From Big to Small to Big to Small: A 3-part Pictorial History of Cattle Type Changes Over the Years, by Harlan Ritchie

 

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