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The Spirit of Preservation

The spirit of preservation comes from within.


Passion, excitement and joy
Uniqueness and "specialness" compared to perceived norm
Sense of purpose: Make a contribution, be part of something grand, desire to prevent loss, make permanent, pass on to the future


Information, knowledge
Parameters (inclusive/exclusive based on broad understanding)
Information will always be subject to interpretation in the light of new knowledge, therefore definitions MUST be allowed to evolve and/or make additions/exclusions
Breeding groups: broader elements that make up the whole of the definition
Subgroups: often product of individual preference within group
Make choices from within parameters of the present definition
Make major commitment to restore - maintain
Experimenting to achieve results - genetics is a guessing game
Evaluating for comparison to knowledge base
Adding information to the amalgam of preservation knowledge

Concerns for the Future

Focus too much on inclusion/exclusion definitions, and cataloging
Lose touch with passion
Lose touch with purpose
De-value what must be valued
Fail to pass on to future by being out of touch with larger community


Breeding good animals that attract good caretakers, faithful to breed
Educating self: ongoing process
Educating others:
Publications, articles, books
Symposiums, conventions
Network: stay connected, telephone, correspondence, on-line chats, website info
Informative advertising
Major public exhibitions
Regional gatherings
Farm open houses
Paying forward your experiences to the next generation

~ by Joe Ferriss