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RE: Leucistic Western Hog

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Posted by: willstill at Tue Jan 13 15:01:06 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by willstill ]  
   

Hi Gregg,

While I agree it is a dead end gene as far as its value as a combo maker, leucistic snakes have a wow factor that most other morphs cant match. That alone makes them more valuable over the long haul. As their purchase price drops as each pricing tier maxes out, more and more folks will be able to afford them and they will choose leucies over other similarily priced morphs because of that wow factor. The bottom rungs of the pyramid will just keep growing. The same thing occured with leucy bps ten or so years ago. They first hit at, what, $50,000-$60,000, but they are now still selling well at $500-$700. I still easily sell all that I produce because hobbyists want a white ball python (if they keep bps, that is). I think the same will happen with hogs.

While I'm not personally too exited by hog morphs, this particular one hit me hard a long time ago. I will pick up a het male early and produce and keep all of the possible het females I get. As we all know, one healthy male will take care several girls in a season, making a likely turn around on a visual within 3-4 years, depending on husbandry and luck. That's how I started all of my recessive bp projects and I recommend the method to anyone who wants to get into a high end project on the (relative) cheap. Over the short span of 3-4 years, that approach can be highly productive with a much lower initial investment. With an awesome, but dead end gene like a leucistic, money will be made at the beginning and over the long haul if one isn't too offended by the yearly drop in $$ until they eventually stabilize. Thanks.

Will


   

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