I have been reading, with growing distress, the comments regarding Appendix A and I am growing increasingly frustrated. I understand there is a difference of opinion on wool length within the association, but from what I have read of Appendix A, there is nothing in there that will disqualify a shetland from registration or showing because of staple length. There are a number of folks that prefer the shorter, single coated shetlands and I'm sure an equal number that are in favor of the longer, double coated variety. I don't feel that the language within the appendix forbids either style.
My frustration is particularly great when I see constant rants attacking peoples character, accusing them of outright lies and backroom dealings. If anything makes the breed association look bad, it's rants such at this, and I have grown weary of the constant barrage. Breed for long or short fleece, I don't really care all that much, both of them appeal to me visually. I like the shorter fleeces, but that's a personal preference and I will not rant and rail against other breeders because I don't agree. The judges will still place shetlands according to their personal preferences, I don't see that changing in the foreseeable future, so we need to just be adults and try to solve this obvious difference of opinion in a calm manner and let the majority decide what is best for the association as a whole.
I am fairly new to shetlands (5 years), but I have had both types of fleeces and I can tell you from having microns done that my single coated fleeces have always had the better results, that's a fact that was determined by an independent, uninvolved 2nd party. Do I love the longer fleeces because they are diverse and beautiful? YES!!! So, I have a foot in both camps. I truly wish we didn't have to make decisions regarding what is acceptable within a breed and what isn't, but if we are to "judge" these wonderful creatures, then it has to be done. If you are happy with what you are doing with your herd, your customers are happy with the products that you produce from them, your sheep can be registered within the registry, then I'm not sure why the general public is being dragged into a couple personal squabbles. Please settle these disputes amongst yourself, as this constant bickering has become a black eye on NASSA.
I'm sure I will get a fair share of comments because of this post, I really don't enjoy negativity at all, but felt I really needed to throw out a few of my thoughts on the subject. I'm neither for or against any "side", just would prefer it all to stop being such a public display of anger. I don't mean to offend anyone, so if I've done so, I apologize in advance.
I will end this with a couple quote that I think is appropiate: "He who angers you, controls you" and "We can not control what others say or do, we can only control how we react".
TaTa for now.