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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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Belted Galloway Cattle
2014-07-09 14:58:14

The Belted Galloway is a breed of beef cattle developed in Galloway, Scotland. The exact origin is unknown, but the white belt of the breed sets it apart from the native black Galloway. Which may be a result of being crossed with the Dutch Lakenvelder belted cattle. A herd book was started in 1852 that included the Galloway, however breeders established their own herd book in 1878. The Dun and Belted Galloway Association was formed in 1921, but the name changed to the Belted Galloway...

Buckeye chicken
2014-07-03 10:48:59

The Buckeye chicken is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in the state of Ohio in the United States of America during the nineteenth century. This breed is the only known chicken to have been developed by a woman, named Nettie Metcalf, who used buff Cochins, barred Plymouth Rock chickens, and a few black breasted red game chickens to develop a hardy breed that could lay eggs in harsh winters. It was accepted by the American Poultry Association in 1904, which granted it a standard...

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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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