Pedi­gree stan­dards

Country Smallholding - - Feature The Deep End -

If your ambition lies in the pro­duc­tion of pedi­gree an­i­mals, to be sold for breed­ing pur­poses, you need to be aware that, even if you start off with top qual­ity foun­da­tion stock, not ev­ery­thing you pro­duce will be of a suit­ably high stan­dard. Any sub-stan­dard an­i­mals must be sold for slaugh­ter or killed for home con­sump­tion. To do oth­er­wise would be detri­men­tal to the long term fu­ture of the breed you claim to sup­port. Un­for­tu­nately, some small-scale live­stock breeders do sell sub-stan­dard an­i­mals (ei­ther through ig­no­rance, or through the mis­guided be­lief that it’s kin­der than killing them) to peo­ple who wish to breed from them. In this sit­u­a­tion the buy­ers are usu­ally novices, who are then in the un­for­tu­nate po­si­tion of try­ing to es­tab­lish their own breed­ing pro­gram from a very poor start­ing point.

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