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  Some of you may be familiar with Legacy group, some may have questions.  As one of the founding members I am excited to see the recent interest in projects initiated by Legacy.   The parentage verification database for the American herd continues to grow with several major herds committing to participate, and a number of breeders adding senior animals.  Legacy hopes to inspire scientific research on the American herd with samples being collected in the database.

The group is also doing preliminary research on the white spotting gene, and that could be of major significance to the knowledge base of our herd, and a published author on color genetics has been contacted and expressed an initial interest.

I would like to personally encourage American breeders to PARTICIPATE.  The associations to whom you pay dues, sell you a PEDIGREE,  but.  . frankly fellow breeders, many of them are not worth the ink on the paper.  Any farm that has more than one breed of bull, or more than one Dexter bull on the premises is subject to accidental breedings unless those bulls are maintained in secure facilities.   It is waaaaay past time for American breeders to insure the integrity of the pedigrees of the American herd.    By maintaining a parentage tested and confirmed herd, you contribute to the process of pedigree  integrity, with the guarantee that you protect your reputation as a breeder,  and the reputation of your herd,  FOR ALL TIME.  The benefits far outweigh the costs, which are minimal to the long term advantages.

The added benefit of the parentage database will be that  samples of the American herd,  are gathered in a premier teaching/research University within the boundaries of the United States,  with great hopes for future research on very important facets of this unique breed.  There are so many questions we can ask, and hopefully the advancement of DNA science can answer.   Please . . . won't YOU consider adding YOUR herd to the parentage database?  At least consider adding your aged animals, so their samples will be available for future research.

This is such an exciting time in the American herd. . . .   and the LEGACY group leads the way in the preservation and research on the American Dexter Herd.   Come SHARE the LEGACY !      The Legacy website is:      www.DextercattleAmericanLegacy.info , or write to: Sharethelegacy@yahoo.com or DextercattleUSA@aol.com

 

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Preservation of early genetics is important for several reasons.  For me personally, I am concerned with genetic traits that have been valued in the Dexter breed for generations that are being displaced or even lost with the use of imported animals that have outcrossed genetics.   If you think there is NO change taking place in the Dexter breed, please look at the pictures on the Dexters Past pages.   Note the distinctive head of the earlier Dexters.  The conformation of the body, especially the cows, who appear to me as if they are "standing uphill".   How many cows do you see "standing uphill" today?  Look at the large full udders on the early cows, and the beefy bodies.  They were truly dual purpose.  Do you see those features in YOUR Dexter?

The following articles relate to the importance of PRESERVING the genetic base ! ! !

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FARM GROUP AIMS TO PRESERVE BREEDS THAT RISK EXTINCTION April 26, 1999 The Hamilton Spectator  JOANNE MCDONALD

In a related story: an alarming number of rare breeds of livestock and poultry are becoming extinct across Canada.Many are losing ground in an industry that values production and fast growth over animals' resistance to disease. Members of Rare Breeds Canada were cited as saying that if they disappear, so too will the keys toimportant genetic resources and the chance for consumers to rediscover the taste of food  Kerry and Dexter cattle have, according to this story, genetic traits that make them resistant to mad cow disease. But they're not immune to extinction, and both are on the endangered list.University of Saskatchewan professor Roy Crawford was quoted as saying,Saturday at the organization's annual meeting in Vineland, "We're interested in conserving farm animal genetic resources for future needs insurance. "Director Tom Hutchinson was cited as saying that the group was established 15 years ago to save and increase the numbers of heritage breeds which are in danger of becoming extinct, adding, "We're not interested in them as museum pieces. "Products such as Tamworth bacon, Canadienne butter, Red Poll steak and Light Sussex eggs may not be household names yet. But rare breeders are,according to this story, working toward finding a consumer niche for these produces. Livestock chairman Wendell Palmer, an animal husbandry consultant in Niagara Falls, was cited as saying that the only way to save endangered livestock from extinction is to use them. Rare breeder Jy Chiperzak was quoted as saying, "People have forgotten what food should taste like." While modern production systems struggle to make products palatable, "rare breeds already have the taste, protein,colour ... we just need to find the market."RBC chairman Russ Dow was raised with Clydesdale horses, Shropshire sheep and Ayrshire cattle. Through the years of  "genetic adjustments, " he saw bare-faced Oxford sheep turn up with woolly faces . Quite an adjustment for the sheep, who were rendered "wool blind."  He was cited as saying that genes are lost through engineering, but rather hidden in the makeup of the animal. He was cited as calling for a balance between upgrading traditional breeds and maintaining their original strengths and traits. Dow was quoted as saying, "The industry must set breed standards and use them."Director Marney Cuff became involved after following the royal commissionon reproductive technology and was quoted as saying, "Producers just want the beef that will produce offspring that gains quickly and provides a large ribeye.
The more we get into genetic engineering, the more important it has become to preserve the original breeds."