Articles about breed
The Tamworth pig is the oldest of Great Britain's native pig breeds. It is the only breed of its colour (red-gold), it is the oldest of the indigenous breed and it has the longest snout, as befits such an efficient forager. The Tamworth is classed as 'vulnerable' by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and the United States has more of the breed than does Great Britain.
The Welsh ponies ran wild in the hills and valleys of Wales before the time of the Romans. The winters were severe and there was little grazing or shelter. The ponies which survived have great stamina and much native intelligence.
With the current popularity of small-holdings, smaller breeds of livestock are becoming increasingly trendy. Small animals take less room, less feed and are not as intimidating for the inexperienced owner as a more massive animal. Miniature cattle have also become something of a 'flavour of the month' commodity.
The myotonic goat is one of the truly American goat breeds. America doesn't have many indigenous goat breeds but the myotonic goat is native to Tennessee. The breed has a number of common names, some of which are: fainting goat, nervous goat, Texas wooden leg goat or Texas peg-leg goat. These strange names come from the habit of the animals of suddenly stiffening up and falling over at any sudden, unexpected stimulus.
The Cubalaya chicken originated in Cuba. Its distinctive feature is the 'lobster tail' which is not found in any other breed. The tail points down and is made up of long colourful feathers which begin in the region of the neck. These pretty birds are now rare and their existence is regarded as 18threatened 19 by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.
South America has a number of indigenous horse breeds. This is not surprising considering its size and the diversity of its climatic and geographic regions. However, all have Iberian backgrounds. The different regions of South America were geographically isolated and the wonderful qualities of the South American breeds were unknown to the general public for many years.
The miniature pincher is a small dog that usually grows up to be from 10 to 12-1/2 inches tall. They are a very unique breed of dog and are known to be very active and loving little animals. Most people think that the full size doberman pincher...
The Brahman cattle breed is what is known as a Bos indicus breed. Bos indicus cattle are the native cattle of India and have developed to cope with hot, humid conditions. They are able to survive on meagre rations and are resistant to insect pests and parasites.
The Santa Gertrudis is a breed of beef cattle developed in America in a bid to develop a better beef producer. By crossing a bos indicus breed, the Brahman, with the Shorthorn, early maturing, disease and tick resistant cattle were developed that were at home in a tropical climate. The Santa Gertrudis has proven its worth in the Americas and Australia as an outstanding producer under less than ideal conditions.
The Langshan breed of chicken originated in China. Today it is a rare breed, kept mostly as a show bird. The Langshan enjoyed great popularity during the late 19th century after having found its way to North America in 1878. As a dual purpose breed, Langshans lay well in winter. The flesh has a fine texture and is of excellent quality. They are friendly chickens which can be easily tamed. They do well on both free range or confined conditions. Either way, they need shelter during extremes of weather and are not suited to exposed conditions. With good husbandry practices, they thrive well and are very productive.
The Welsummer is the typical 18farmyard rooster 19 portrayed in children 19s picture books. It is a good choice as a backyard chicken and is tolerant and friendly to children. The Welsummer does best under free range conditions but will also cope with being confined.
Chickens come in a wide range of varieties with all sorts of shapes and all colours of the rainbow. Some specialise in producing dozens of eggs over a lifetime while others are destined to provide tasty dinners for appreciative diners. Others are purely ornamental, raised for their beautiful or quirky appearance.
Historically sheep have been milked for thousands of years. Milking cows did not appear until much later. Ewes' milk is higher in vitamins A, B and E than cows' milk. Levels of potassium, calcium, phosphorous and magnesium are also higher. A higher proportion of short-chain fatty acids makes the milk easier to digest. Cholesterol levels are lower too.
Shorkies are quite possibly one of the most adorable dogs ever! But are they right for you? Read on...
The Frederiksborg breed from Denmark was once one of the most popular breeds for the equestrian discipline of Haute Ecole (High School). It was highly prized as a good school horse because of its reliability while its elegance made it popular as a high-class carriage horse. The Frederiksborg had an influence on the Lipizzaner and the Orlov Trotter.
The Lincoln Red is one of Great Britain's native cattle breeds. It has its origins in Lincolnshire in the north-east of England and was an excellent utility animal. It was needed for draught work so was big and strong. It also milked well and provided a firm, fleshy carcass. Over time the dairy strain died out, the horns were (mostly) bred out of the animal and it became a respected beef breed. It is the largest and one of the oldest of Britain's indigenous breeds.
The Damara has a lot of positive traits. It has good resistance to disease and parasites. Like goats, they are good value if an area needs to be cleared of weeds and scrub. They are able to travel long distances between water and feed. They have a hair coat and don't need shearing or crutching so are much more easily maintained than some breeds.