I "thought" that Edlyn Muir was going to be the new registrar replacing Rosemary. She has been in the breed a long time, and "I" thought she was a good choice. I believe she was suggested, or volunteered back in 2010 when there were some issues within the leadership.
I just recently discovered that isn't actually the case. She is going to have oversight but not do the registering. There will be an outside entity doing the actual paperwork. This makes me nervous. In Legacy and now ADCA, registrations are buffered by DNA genotypes. PDCA does not require parentage confirmation of any type. ( I DO think they should consider rules for random testing . . or even mandatory testing in some circumstances). Rosemary Fleharty was a stickler for doing it "right" when it came to processing registrations. And. . . . she had more years of doing it than anyone else in the breed. That knowledge of breeders and their herds is invaluable. She could easily spot questionable registrations. Someone who knows nothing of this breed likely will not have the knowledge to spot inconsistency.
Larry - I DO hope PDCA leadership gives this some thought and discussion.
Judy, All registrations come to me first (Secretary of PDCA), then to Edlyn Muir and the registry service. I don't have the years of experience that Edlyn does, but as a former cop, I do have detective skills. I check everything over first, then send it on. Then Edlyn gets to look at the application. If there is a problem, hopefully with two people looking at it, we can catch it. We can require testing if it looks like there's a problem. But give us some time. Our new President, Laura Christofk, has done wonders in the 2 1/2 months she's been in office. We're the "new and improved" PDCA and once again, PDCA members will be able to hold their head up in the Dexter world. BTW, PDCA now is very transparent to it's members. Any member is welcome to "sit in" on our monthly tele-conference Board Meetings. We are committed to being member driven and having nothing to hide.
Larry, I definitely support the new and exciting PDCA and will work with PDCA in any capacity to further their goals and success.
I believe that most humans are good folks, but our society has declined in standards, and I see more and more people of recent generations who do not require standards of others, and more importantly of themselves. Money and the pursuit of it seems to be the focus for many, and ethics seem of little concern. Without any method of random checking or required checking if a complaint or question is raised, PDCA weakens it's position in the breed, so I DO encourage some thought and discussion on that.
I see the "accidents" or perhaps the "on purpose" errors in this breed. I see them on paper, but they can also be spotted in the markers and by other means as well. When the prices invite speculators and opportunists as they have in the past few years. .. . it also invites the unethical who wish a quick return on investment. When there is absolutely no safeguards in place then both the careless and negligent breeder and the cheater weaken the breed in all respects.
I suspect your members would welcome mandatory random genotyping. There can be a rule to mitigate the cost on the random requirements. I think all Dexter registries in the world are now requiring some form of validation either randomly, by sex, or for all registrations. Consider, for just a moment, the large number of Dexter breeders who have more than one breed on their farm, or have multiple bulls.
Legacy has a non-genotype registration, with an attached requirement to submit tailhairs and give permission for Legacy to test the sample, at Legacy expense, at any time. Perhaps that could be a PDCA requirement for all bulls. It is no more difficult to archive a hair sample than the paperwork for the registration.