Post by strojanherefords on Apr 26, 2019 10:11:05 GMT -6
It is my understanding that defining what is and what isn’t Hereford DNA is a complicated problem without easy answers. The best course of action would be to just release the profiles and allow the court of public opinion to determine what should be considered a Hereford.
Glenn, my take on what is going on is the expectations you and I had is that finally science is going to exonerate our conviction that our breed is being bastardized. We thought that if it is scientifically proven something will finally be done about it. I have come to realize the true goal of the project is to identify HOP cattle from around the world, so those genetics can be brought back to the UK and make their HOP cattle relevant. I am an old cynic, but probably have as much experience as anyone here with those old HOP cattle and I am not shy about telling anyone who will listen that they are not competitive in today's world. The HOP breeders need to find a source of genetics that work, yet fit their purity criteria. The only way they will find it is in another part of the world where 150 years of breeding has created useable cattle. You and I and others provided samples with the thought that our questions would be answered, but if those purity issues are not answered to our satisfaction it probably does not matter to the UK group. Steven has put a tremendous amount of himself into this project, and I have complete confidence he will do everything possible to give us meaningful answers. That is a hell of a lot more than "our" breed association is doing.
Last Edit: Apr 27, 2019 7:02:47 GMT -6 by timbernt
I wasn't thinking that anyone would get punished or even that anything would change, just that we could finally have some "PUBLIC" results of the tests.
I feel for all the time you and especially Steven put into this. I, obviously, don't know what you guy's expectations were going in but seems like ya'll went to a lot of expense and effort and to date have zero results for it and only questions going forward.
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