Brenn's semen is stored in the SVF vault, to provide a way to recover lost genes or traits caused by poor breeding decisions. I think that every Legacy bull that has been collected should have his semen stored in the SVF vault for the same purpose.
At least one, possibly another of the four Bulls I have had collected are stored too at SVF. It's been awhile. We need more genetically horned Bulls stored as numbers drastically decrease, painting ourselves in a corner. Michael Foor-Pessin has a herd sire who should be collected........out of a closed herd going back for years. The catch twenty two is the cost of collection. Kathy Smith has Bulls who qualify too. Easy to say, hard to do with extensive health tests and semen quality tests that have to be clean.
Last Edit: Apr 25, 2016 11:50:42 GMT by chautauqua
I was forced to make some choices about collecting Brenn. It was enough just to have him collected for domestic use, only. I had a lot of the tests done before taking Brenn to North American Breeders. NAB was then able to do a one-day collection, saving me boarding fees.
Besides, I didn't want to leave Brenn. Not even for 3 days. I was afraid he would come home changed, somehow. Besides, I would have been extrememly lonely.
Having Brenn collected for export to Canada was the next level up, but I ruled it out because it really ran the cost of testing up and the time he would have to be isolated was too long. Then the cost of having him tested and collected for export to Australia and/or England was so much higher and the isolation times so much longer. That was out of the question.
I once had a Canadian group offer to pay to have Brenn tested and collected again, this time for export to Canada. I still couldn't bear to part with him for the period it would take to perform the tests. I was told it could be up to 6 weeks!
It turned out to be far cheaper to have a bull tested to have himself exported to Canada. That's what we ended up doing.
Just a thought, Chautauqua, but maybe some of us crazy preservationists can help bear the expense (though not the anguish of separation) of collection and submission to SVF for some of the known Legacy bulls, like crowdsourcing. I think the Traditional Horned Forum might be able to drum up some interest,and it would be a good work.
Whats the charge for collection by North American Breeders, Gene?
It would be wonderful if we could save bulls from a lot of these old lines that are disappearing before they are completely gone. Who knows what my be available 20, 30, 40yrs from now with the direction things are moving.
Judy has a good collection of Legacy semen, including some of the best and most famous bulls. She makes sure it will not be wasted on modern cows. She let me have some to AI Eve with, but I haven't used it yet. I borrowed Dunder from her for live cover instead.
If anyone has Legacy cows, they should get in the loop with Judy.
Also, when those cows reach the end of their breeding age, consider having them flushed to prolong their influence on the Dexter herd.
I can't imagine what supports a foundation like this, but they must have their donors, 'cause it sure looks like their facility is top cabin. We need something like that out on this Coast. You've given me another something to visit should I get out that way.
Just before the turn of the century a woman of means decided to do somthing that would make a difference to the world. After some searching, she settled on a plan to preserve all the rare livestock breeds of America.
You can read a little of her story here, although it is more the story of the SWF than of her.
I don't know if you still will sell Ms. Fermoy's embryo. . .. but if you sell it soon and someone wants to use a modern Dexter to carry it, ( and they are in the east) I will loan a modern horned cow I have for the implant.
The latest Swiss Village Foundation newsletter is out. They are seeking a name for their new Randall Lineback calf.
Read the article about the calf. Pay attention to what they say about how the Lineback cattle were nearly eliminated by crossbreeding, but a family named Randall kept a closed herd, refused to crossbreed, and saved them.