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Farm Livestock as Vital for Genetic Diversity as Wildlife

Professor Geoff Simm urges us to value and conserve the genetic diversity of British farm livestock. One way to do that is to support the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. I’m grateful to my fellow blogger Abdul Raziq Kakar (raziqkakar) at … Continue reading

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Protecting livestock breeds for people

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Livestock are ubiquitous in the developing world. The ‘big five’—cattle, sheep, goats, poultry and pigs—as well as 9 other popular farm animals and 26 or so more specialized species are raised by more than half…

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Beatrix Potter the naturalist and farmer

Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943) is loved all over the world for the children’s stories she wrote and illustrated. She was also a great naturalist and farmer. Miss Potter’s writing and painting made her wealthy by the time she married … Continue reading

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Starving sheep and starving deer

Wild and feral hoofed mammals (ungulates) starve in winter, sometimes, in some places. A classic example is the Soay aheep (Ovis aries) of the St Kilda islands whose population fluctuates in a boom/bust cycle, dying mostly in winter. Soay population … Continue reading

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