Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Shiny new breed.

Has anyone else noticed something? Have you noticed that the board of our breed organization has/is:
*adding legal documents to our standard, significantly changing how we should select sheep
*changing all the educational materials (website, brochures, handbook, etc)
*rewriting their own disciplinary procedures
*changing how sheep are judged
*changing expectations and sponsorships of judges/shows
*creating new standard operating procedures
*creating new AI regulations
*changing how information is dispensed to the membership and
*creating a membership code of ethics
*significantly delaying release of meeting minutes

I think I got it all? Whew!! That is a LOT of changes for one board!! Has anyone noticed that most, if not all, of these changes are being made without much input from the membership? Have you noticed that the membership is not being "allowed" to see the changes before they become permenant? Have you noticed the SPEED in which these changes are being made? They are being crammed in, fast.

I can't help but voice my worry. Is this group genuinely working for the good of the Shetland breed, or do they have some other goal in mind? I think by the time we all find out, we'll have a shiny new breed.

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