Why Belong to Empress?

WHY BELONG TO EMPRESS?
By Dick & Mary Jo Bradford

WHY? Belong to Empress? For most new chinchilla ranchers
the need for education is an admitted requirement. We older
chinchilla ranchers have the same need but are less apt to
admit it! Through the years we continue to learn, if we are
going to succeed. Some of the things we learn, unfortunately
are repeats of what we have been exposed to in the past. It
just didn’t stick, or was not applicable, at those other times.
This education may not, and usually does not, come from
“formal educational meetings”. It is often acquired during very
informal circumstances through the rubbing of shoulders with
other knowledgeable ranchers. These ranchers have perhaps achieved some of their knowledge through trial and error, luck,picking other ranchers brains, or whatever. The truth is we don’t care how they acquired their knowledge, skills and
abilities which you have acquired over the years.  We don’t care how they acquired this knowledge, we just want to be exposed to this same information. Monthly meetings, field days, sanctioned shows, annual meetings, national shows,
even over a drink (or two) at the bar, etc, all provide the setting for you to acquire this needed information. Most ranchers are very willing to share their ranching experiences with you for a very small fee. This normally consists of several very low cost things: your friendship and your willingness to share your own knowledge and experience.

Our Empress magazine continues to be a prime source of valuable information. It has provided this information for
many years, through the contribution of its member/ranchers.  We continue to see this belief validated through the credits given in magazines for articles they publish for their members. The success of the Empress magazine still requires you, our Empress members, to share your knowledge, skills and abilities which you have acquired over the years.  It is a privilege for each of us to belong to an organization that has been built from the dreams of other dedicated ranchers who have preceded us in this business. We should all rededicate ourselves to building Empress, and the chinchilla industry, into the viable organization and business it can be.  There is room for everyone, but there is not room for isolationism, for we need each and every one of us to survive.

The need for education is an admitted requirement. We older chinchilla ranchers have the same need but are less apt to admit it! Through the years we continue to learn, if we are going to succeed. Some of the things we learn, unfortunately are repeats of what we have been exposed to in the past. It just didn’t stick, or was not applicable, at those other times.  This education may not, and usually does not, come from “formal educational meetings”. It is often acquired during very informal circumstances through the rubbing of shoulders with other knowledgeable ranchers. These ranchers have perhaps achieved some of their knowledge through trial and error, luck, picking other ranchers brains, or whatever. The truth is we don’t care how they acquired their knowledge, skills and abilities which you have acquired over the years.  We don’t care how they acquired this knowledge, we just want to be exposed to this same information. Monthly meetings, field days, sanctioned shows, annual meetings, national shows, even over a drink (or two) at the bar, etc, all provide the setting for you to acquire this needed information. Most ranchers are very willing to share their ranching experiences with you for a very small fee. This normally consists of several very low cost things: your friendship and your willingness to share your own knowledge and experience.  Our Empress magazine continues to be a prime source of valuable information. It has provided this information for many years, through the contribution of its member/ranchers.  We continue to see this belief validated through the credits given in magazines for articles they publish for their members.  The success of the Empress magazine still requires you, our Empress members, to share your knowledge, skills and abilities which you have acquired over the years.  It is a privilege for each of us to belong to an organization that has been built from the dreams of other dedicated ranchers who have preceded us in this business. We should all rededicate ourselves to building Empress, and the chinchilla industry, into the viable organization and business it can be.  There is room for everyone, but there is not room for isolationism, for we need each and every one of us to survive.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.