Another Way To Look At Them
By Krista Darnell
Have you ever watched the news to see a report on a group of people who,
having purchased homes at the end of an airport runway, are now
demanding the airport stop using the runway because they can't take the
noise? If you are like me, you laughed and thought to yourself, what
kind of idiot would move into a home at the end of a runway and not
expect to have his walls shaken every time a plane took off? They might
think it's their right to have the airport accommodate them, but as far
as I'm concerned, they have two options. Deal with the situation that
they moved into, or go somewhere more to their liking. It's not as if
they just looked out one day and the runway appeared out of nowhere. It
was there when they moved in.
I feel pretty much the same way about people who begin breeding an
established breed, only to complain they don't like the rules that were
in place when they began. Generally their reason for deliberately
breeding a non conforming animal boils down to one thing. "I like it."
Well, I like solid white horses and Quarter Horses, but if my AQHA mare
delivers an albino colt, I'm not going to demand the AQHA change it's
rules simply because I think white horses look neat and because both of
it's parents were AQHA registered. Last I checked, I'm not so special
that my personal likes should overrule the breed standards. If that were
the case, we'd have registered Herefords that were marked like
Holsteins, and registered Saanens that were spotted, all because people
liked the way it looks.
Lest I be accused of being a red headed white supremacist, let me
interject that I love red and paint goats. I think colorful goats are
lots of fun to see frolicking in the pasture. On the other hand, when I
joined the American Boer Goat Association, the standards called for a
white goat with a red head and a blaze, and I have accepted that
standard even though I occasionally produce a red or paint. Some people
should be thankful the associations even allow the registration of a non
traditional marked Boer, because many breed associations don't. Non
paint marked paint horses are given a breeding stock status, and not
allowed in their shows. A quarter horse with too much chrome better be
gelded or else his owners will have to take him to another association
who will accept him. I have no idea what the Angus association would say
should a few of it's members demand they register Hereford marked Angus,
but I suspect it won't be "No problem."
If people want to breed paints and reds and blacks, more power to them
as there will always be a market for colorful meat goats. When they
start to demand the associations change the rules for the oh so
important reason of "I think it looks neat", that's when I have a
problem. If you want an association that promotes colored Boers, then my
suggestion would be to form the American Colored Boer Goat Association.
Services like Pedigree International exist to help people form new breed
registries, and you certainly wouldn't be the first person to become
disgruntled with an association and form a new one to suit your needs.
Just don't tell me I have to accept the image of a Boer goat going from
an easily recognizable color pattern to a motley mix, and don't tell me
my standards "aren't good enough" for you simply because they don't
accommodate your neat looking but non conforming animals. That runway
was there 40 years before you moved in.