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2009-04-24 13:40:00

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has outlined a list of 66 breeds of chickens it is trying to save from extinction. These so-called old-fashioned chickens represent a minority, as about 90 percent of all chickens on the market are factory-raised breeds. "When we can identify something in danger, we need to protect it," Barbara Bowman of Sonoma County told the AP. "The old breeds provide really sturdy genetics that we have to guard." Purebred chickens began to decline after World...

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2006-10-16 11:30:00

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Just one of the Dutch Belted Cattle lazing in a corral overlooking the city's rolling hills costs $4,000 - a bargain considering its DNA is priceless. Called Oreo cookie cows because of their three distinct stripes, Dutch Belteds were brought to the United States from Holland in 1840 by P.T. Barnum for use in his circus. Fewer than 1,000 are left worldwide. Concerned the animals could become extinct, the SVF Foundation is collecting germplasm - sperm, fertilized embryos,...


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Red Wattle Hog
2014-09-04 08:38:22

The red wattle hog, also known as the red wattle pig, is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in the United States. Its origin is not completely understood, but the modern breed is known to have been developed from pigs found in eastern Texas. H. C. Wengler crossbred red wattle sows with a Duroc boar to begin the development process and the breed was established during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The new red wattle hog breed was refined over the next twenty years and by the...

Ossabaw Island Hog
2014-09-02 09:37:37

The Ossabaw Island hog, also known as the Ossabaw Island, is a breed of pig that developed from a herd of feral pigs on Ossabaw Island, Georgia in the United States. The original population of hogs was brought to the island by the Spaniards during the sixteenth century for the purpose of later consumption, which was a typical practice during Spanish exploration at that time. The pigs became isolated on the island for hundreds of years and had little interaction with domestic pig breeds or...

Mulefoot
2014-08-28 08:52:56

The mulefoot is a breed of domestic pig that originated in Spain, although its exact origins are unknown. It is likely that the breed descended from hogs that were brought to the Gulf Coast of Spain and although pigs with non-cloven hooves have been known since the time of Aristotle, this is the only one to be considered a breed. This is due to its established standard and use in agriculture. The stock in America that was descended from Spanish lines was managed by selective breeding until...

Large Black
2014-08-28 08:46:32

The large black, also known as the Cornwall black or the Devon black, is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in Great Britain. The breed was a result of crossing black colored pigs from the southwestern areas of Cornwall and Devon and the eastern areas of Suffolk, Kent, and Essex. The pigs taken from Devon were chosen for their physical traits, but selective breeding changed their constitution and confirmation, giving them a standard size and appearance. This breed grew in popularity...

Choctaw Hog
2014-08-27 09:43:31

The Choctaw hog is a breed of domestic pig that originated in the United States of America after Spaniards brought livestock to the area in the sixteenth century. The breed was used by Native Americans and European settlers as well as many others for over three hundred years. During the nineteenth century, the Choctaw people moved into the Oklahoma Territory and in 1830 the government forcibly removed the people of the Five Civilized Tribes into Oklahoma, who brought with them more hogs. The...

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Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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