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Re: Re: Re: AI and other types on non natral breed

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Posted by Bill in TN on August 15, 2003 at 14:59:18 from (

In Reply to: Re: Re: AI and other types on non natral breeding posted by paynts on August 15, 2003 at 13:58:05:

Having bread Beagles for 20+ years, I can tell you there are pro's and cons to inbreeding, linebreeding or outcrossing, and I've done all 3. Inbreeding and linebreeding can intensify desirable qualities. The key is to have the gene's the way you want them before you make an inbread cross. I.e you have to know both desirable traits as well as the undesirable traits in your particular bloodline and what you want or need to help your bloodline. There are many books written on this subject.

I usually always line breed as this is the most consistant way to get what I want. I consider line breeding to be a cousin to cousin. I do think an outcross is necessary every third or fourth generation, but you have to know the strengths and weakness of the line your outcrossing with.

My advise to anyone who breeds is:

1st, know what you want.

2nd, start with proven stock and be willing to pay the price to get good stock.

3rd, Cull ruthlessly. Do not pass inferior stock to anyone period. If you don't want it, they don't either. The whole idea is to improve the breed and selling culls does nothing to help it.

4th, Do not breed your stock to inferior stock. I've had situations where people would breed what I considered to be a cull to my stock and then complained when it didn't produce good stock. In my experience, the bitchline matters more than the studline, probably 75% female and 25% male.

5th, Get to know breeders in your area and ask questions.

It doesn't matter how the sperm get to the egg, as much as it does getting quality sperm to quality eggs.

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