Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What a temperature change!

Bill and I were JUST chatting that it was going to be a cool fall and cold winter because the donkeys are already fuzzy-wuzzys! Sure enough...... it is 44 degree's this morning! Woo-Wee!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

HA! Out of control around here!

Yesterday was a crazy work day and we didn't get home until almost 7. With it being premier night of so many tv programs we NEEDED to enjoy a couple of them to unwind. So..... the donkeys said it would be okay to wait 30 minutes or so to feed them. (they're the best, I tell ya!)

We use one of our stalls as a "creep" feed stall for the babies and I had re-filled their feed pans and had gone out to do the rest of the chores. Stopped by to check on our fuzzies and apparently they have added a new "fuzzy" to their gang!

The picture below was taken in terrible light with my blackberry - but as you can see, our barn cat, Bella Boo-Boo kitty has now joined the "Fuzzy Gang"! HA! We have caught her sneaking a morsel or two before, but apparently she even has her own pan now.

Crazy around here I tell ya! Just wild! Hope your day begins as happy as ours ended watching this scene!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The "purpose" of the ADMS Registry

(reprinted from THE BRAYER Vol #42 10/2009 by ADMS Staff)

What does "registered" mean? The work of a registry is multi-faceted Horses are registered so that there are pedigrees - a verifiable record - of the parentage of an animal. Reviewing a pedigree can allow the breeder and future purchasers of an animal's offspring to avoid inbreeding (which in itself can lead to severe genetic defects) to see what colors and sizes were in an animal's background (heights being essential in any breed that uses height limits as a criteria) and for owners/breeders/buyer to make intelligent decisions when planning future breedings. If you are planning on breeding Miniatures with heights averaging 32", it makes no sense to use animals that are over 35", with four generations of 35" tall animals in their background.

Working with breeders, a registry also has a goal of making sure that animals in the registry are an improvement on their breed.

Recording such things as known color, mature heights, animals which have bite issues, and lines with certain conformation aspects (long backs, swaybacks, dwarfism) can build a picture of the breed as a whole.

Some registries (such as some warmblood breeds, and even the Poitevin/Mulassier) have approval procedures (inspections) where all horses of both genders must be inspected for conformation and even ability (such as jumping, form in-hand) before they are given a breeding license and some also require that the foals must be inspected for registration. These registries may give a provisional or temporary number to the offspring, then advance them once they have passed their testing. This means that weanling foals are presented alongside their mothers. They are evaluated on conformation and the way they move. If they don't have the right paperwork to even start the process (id, parent verified with DNA) they might not be able to have foal evaluation and therefore never have a chance to make it as far as the Breeding Studbook. Complicated? Absolutely.

ADMS as a registry keeps track of pedigrees, of heights and colors, and requires minimal inspection of donkeys. Geldings and mules are exempt from inspection since they are non-reproducing animals. While ADMS (as do most registries) allows animals with BOTH registered parents to be admitted into the book without inspection, it is asked that the bite of teeth and the status of testicles be reported in breeding age jacks. NO registry will accept cryptorchid or monorchid breeding males - nor should they. These are inherited defects, and males will pass it along to their offspring, they should not be used even for breeding mules, as it can lead to more prolonged and complicated surgery in their male offspring. The bite of the teeth is also an inherited factor, and it can be traced through lines where a jack sired offspring with bad bites.

In short, a registry can help the owners with a vast amount of information about the animals they are purchasing and breeding. Each time an animal is sold without being registered, another piece of important genetic information is lost.

Please register your foals as soon as they are born, instead of waiting until they are several months old (and awaiting export, or going to a show, or already sold to a new buyer). This helps keep paperwork running smoothly, and the numbers current.

Members may not be aware that statistical data about the horse industry (which includes donkeys and mules) is taken from direct polling of registries. The USDA and other agencies discount unregistered numbers. While we know that there are 4-5 unregistered animals for each that is in the ADMS books, the numbers we are polled on in general (how many total in your registry, how many new registered last year) show only those that actually have papers. If there is budget involved for farmers, ranchers, breeders, etc, it's based only on actual, not projected numbers.

Do you have Pets, Types, Landrace, or BREED? What do your record books look like? Could your family or children find your paperwork?

Registered is not just a piece of paper. It's a history of your breed, of your animal in specific, and part of a network of family and genetic records. While the paper itself is of marginal importance -it's a title, like a car title— it's the information that is holds that is vital. If you sell your animals as "Registered", be sure you already have that paper. This means your donkey(s) or mules will already have been added into the ever-growing database of information. Help your breed, keep their future possible, and support your registry with accurate, timely paperwork.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Miniature Donkey Show at the Tennessee State Fair!

This Saturday, September 19th, is the NMDA Miniature Donkey Show at the Tennessee State Fair. The show will be held in the "Mule Pulling Shed" Starts at 9am!

Bill and I will be showing a couple of our donkeys in several different classes.

Here is a link to the Fair's website. http://www.tennesseestatefair.org/general/index.asp

We love cheerleaders! Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Firecracker The Miniature Donkey Makes A Marvelous Choice

Our friends over at Rolling Hill's Farm have just written and published a wonderful childrens book! Visit their website to learn more!