Originally Posted by G8tdh0rse
I really don
T know about Marchadors but I would think that unless they are an open breed that their gene pool is pretty limited too. I guess that is always the quandary, work with the genes you have in a "breed" or open it up to outside blood in the hopes of improving something.
There are a limited number in the U.S. But there are 350,000 in Brazil. With the ability to import frozen semen we can prevent the sort of problems that come from an excessively narrow base.
The question of poor breeding decisions, however, is really separate from issues of narrow genetic base. The boradest base in the world won't help if the humans don't use it intelligently.