Articles about breed
Sheep have been kept for meat and wool for thousands of years. Not so well known is the fact that they have also been milked for equally as long. One of the premium dairy breeds of sheep is the East Friesian which originated in northern Germany. It has also had an impact when crossed with other breeds.
There are a number of rare sheep breeds in Great Britain. The advantage of preventing the disappearance of these rare breeds is becoming more obvious. Rare breeds may be important as a genetic resource and may possess traits which have been next to eliminated in the more modern-day breeds.
Sheep have a number of uses. Some specialise in meat, some in milk and some are raised for their fleeces. Fleeces can be of wool or hair. Wool fleeces can produce fine yarn for delicate hosiery or knitwear while coarser wool produces carpets or mattress stuffing.
Great Britain has a number of livestock breeds which evolved in various parts of the country and which have spread throughout the globe. Some of these breeds are close to extinction while others have multiplied and contributed to the development of new strains and breeds. Listed here are horse and pony, cattle, sheep and pig breeds endemic to Great Britain.
The American Cream Draft Horse is in every way an American breed and the only draught horse breed developed in the United States. The breed was popular as a draught and farm worker before mechanisation took over. It is a rare breed today and is on the endangered species list of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
The Devon Closewool was developed from the Devon Longwool and Exmoor Horn. It is a low maintenance breed with a docile temperament and a fine, dense fleece much sought after by the commercial market and hand spinners alike.
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Florida Cracker cattle are native to Florida and are similar to the Texas Longhorn in appearance although the horns are not nearly as long. They tolerate the hot, humid conditions of their native area very well. The introduction of bigger, meatier breeds into their locale almost meant the end of the breed but numbers are now steadily rising.
Blame the deed and not the breed is a message that people need to open their ears to. How can we kill dogs based on their breed and then preach animal protection or go off to save even more dangerous animals such as the Tiger? Something really needs to be done to protect breeds such as the Pitt Bull.
Chantecler chickens are heralded as Canada's only Heritage rare chicken breed. Practically, these chickens are as cold hardy as any get. Thriving, productive and laying eggs well on the shortest days with no additional light is a big attraction of the breed. No frostbite on large combs, and thick downy feathers leads to feed savings too. If you want to see and hear more about the prettiest Chantecler, the Partridge Chantecler, read on.
There are a number of rare sheep breeds but the advantage of maintaining these breeds is becoming more obvious and greater efforts are being made to ensure their survival. Some rare breeds have remained virtually unaltered for centuries and as such may be important genetic resources.
Great Britain's mountain and moorland breeds have evolved over many years. Each has its own specific traits and characteristics. Most of the breeds have spread throughout the world with only a few struggling to remain viable and dodge extinction. Each breed is specific to its own area and its development has seen it adapt to its pecular circumstances. The Highland and Shetland ponies are from Scotland, the four Welsh varieties from Wales, the Connemara and Kerry bog pony from Ireland, the Eriskay pony from the Eriskay islands and the Dartmoor, Exmoor, New Forest, Fell and Dales from England.
Very early in its history, the dog was bred into a variety of races, or breeds, depending on climate, certain environmental directions of selection, and the preferences of its masters. The Breed. A more formal and systematic creation of bloodlines was developed when dog breeders recognized and accepted the...
The Gloucester Old Spot is one of Great Britain's indigenous pig breeds. As the name suggests its coat is spotted with jet black spots. It is not suited to intensive systems and was headed for extinction at one point. Its meat is now registered as a 'special product' in the EU. It is hope that this will result in a Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG) classification. Filling such niche markets could play a role in ensuring the survival of this attractive breed.
There are a number of dairy goat breeds. The Saanen is well-known and popular. It is a big producer and a big goat. By contrast the Golden Guernsey is battling to survive. Its beautiful honey-coloured coat endears it to many and its rich milk is prized for the cheese it produces.
The Appenzeller chicken is Switzerland's national chicken breed. There are two varieties - the Spitzhauben and the Barthuhner. 'Spitzhauben' means 'pointed hood'. This type has a forward pointing crest and V-shaped comb. 'Barthuhner' means 'bearded hen' and has a rose comb and no crest. Although it is quite a good layer, it is kept mainly as an exhibition bird. The Swiss Association for the preservation of national breeds is Pro Specie Rara. Pro Specie Rara and the Appenzeller Hen Club have set up an emergency program in an endeavour to prevent the demise of yet another lovely chicken breed.