The Center of Any Breeding Program
Everyone we have spoken to about this business, has given us the same advice. Buy the highest quality Dam you can and then selectively breed them to the highest quality sires you can. If this means that your budget will only allow for 1 Dam, so be it. Having one high quality dam will be a better long term investment decision vs having more lesser quality dams.
But how does one define quality? As with everything in life, we are sure there are many varying opinions. For us, we used the following criteria to help us.
Using the above criteria as a base and the knowledge we were gaining day by day, show by show, we started a slow but extremely educational process. We have acquired foundation dams that have done well in the show ring and we have acquired some great mentors and friendships through the process.
The one key element that we have come to believe is that 60% - 70% of a cria's foundational traits will come from the foundation dam, so start with the best you can. The other key element is that we are dealing with genetics. The Best bred to the Best, does not always guarantee Better or excellent, but is does increase the odds for success.
Take a look at our foundation dams. We are excited about the future cria that they will be producing and the opportunity to share those cria with all of you.
Sunday, October 9, 2011