Building a corral on a rented farm today and the owner was trying to corral his bird dogs. He breeds English Setters. They have the brain power and attention span of an Irish Setter, but look like a bigger, thinner version of a Brittany Spaniel. I got to thinking about how many tangential dog breeds there are; how dedicated the breeders are; and how utterly inconsequential their efforts are. Reminded me a whole lot of the Hereford World we get every month.
It is not my intention to denigrate anyone's passion. I admire tenacity and dedication. However, having been an observer to the fads that come and go in breeding dogs, it constantly reminds me to keep a reality check on myself that traits I am pursuing in my cattle are economically important, not a flight of fancy. And the Hereford breed today is full of great examples of folly. Missouri is full of those examples and breeders who fail to grasp why their cattle fall short of parity in the marketplace.
I can see where you can connect the two. Today's labs have bad hips and have ACL surgery by 4 years old and everyone thinks its normal. A lot of the new breeders just accept, in our case brockle faced registered Herefords. 20 years from now when you guys are all gone a bald-faced Hereford will be accused of a cross!