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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 the main product that a registry produces, is registration certificates that significantly increase the value of an animal, that should not be done at the expense of the principal original purpose of the registry. Here are primary and secondary purposes of registries:


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 any Breed Registry



When issues arise... If ever PRIMARY and SECONDARY PURPOSES collide, a secondary registry purpose can or may be implemented at the cost of properly supporting a primary purpose. Boards of trustees, officers, or influential breeders, do not protect from issues that arise from quests for status or profits. Whether a registry is privately owned and run or publicly owned and run, all are at risk for the wrong things to be done for the wrong reasons, or, for secondary purposes getting placed above primary purposes.

ETHICAL SOLUTIONS: A successful registry will understand potential risks, and install safeguards from the start. Such safeguards can be built in the registry's infrastructure--from its mission statement--to its goals, bylaws, rules--even to its job descriptions for officers and personnel. In this way, a registry is more likely to be 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 will thereby 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

Status poisons more or less everything it touches. Status forces us to think in terms of position, hierarchy, and dominance, and can’t possibly do otherwise; it is built solely upon our standing relative to others. Status automatically creates division and conflict, and always will. Not only does status poison our inter-relationships, it poisons our self-image. It requires us, always, to think of ourselves as above or below every other person. If above, we’re given to arrogance and abuse. If below, we’re given to resentment and to lashing out. Both errors lead to inner decay and outer conflict.


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