Latest Breed Stories
A new study highlights surprising differences between Herdwick sheep and their closest neighboring UK upland breeds.
Mapping the ancestry of sheep over the past 11,000 years has revealed that our woolly friends are stars among domestic animals, boasting vast genetic diversity and substantial prospects for continued breeding to further boost wool and food production for a rising world population.
The genetic changes underlying the evolution of new species are still poorly understood.
Fernando Rendo, biologist at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), has developed genetic-molecular tools, with the intention of completing the genealogical tree of certain ovine, bovine and equine breeds in the Basque Country Autonomous Community (CAPVâ€“EAE) and Navarre.
The domestication of animals and plants is the most important technological innovation during human history.
Why do domestic dogs vary so much in size, shape, coat texture, color and patterning?
The Fertile Crescent of the Middle East has long been identified as a "cradle of civilization" for humans. In a new genetic study, researchers have concluded that all ancestral roads for the modern day domestic cat also lead back to the same locale.
By Kitty Caparella, Philadelphia Daily News Sep.
A new statistical method of determining genetic traits that influence social interactions among animals may provide for more productive livestock. Scientists designed mathematical equations based on traits to choose animals that are more congenial in groups.
Concerned the animals could become extinct, the SVF Foundation is collecting germplasm - sperm, fertilized embryos, blood and tissue - from its cattle to try to preserve the breed. Dutch Belteds are one of 18 endangered breeds of cattle, sheep and goats the foundation hopes to save.
The Wessex saddleback, also known as the Wessex pig, is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in Wessex. Its complete origin is unknown, with some stating that is was developed by crossing the Old English sheeted pig and a breed of black pig from the New Forest region. Many suggest that the breed is one of the few to have been mostly unaffected by crossbreeding with Neapolitan pigs, which would mean that it would be highly similar to the landrace pig that once roamed through Britain’s...
The Göttingen minipig, also known as the Göttinger, is a domestic breed of miniature pig that was developed in Europe for the purpose of biomedical research. Using pigs in medical research has been popular for centuries, as they show many similarities to the human anatomy. This breed of pig was developed by crossing the Vietnamese potbelly pig with the Minnesota minipig and was later crossed with the German landrace breed to give it a pink or white skin color. It was made available to...
The Bekisar, also known as the Ayam Bekisar, is the first generation of hybrid chicken developed from the cross of the green junglefowl and the domestic red junglefowl. Although the exact origin of this breed is unknown, Javanese and Sudanese people assert that it was first developed on the Kangean Islands in Java. The earliest members of this breed were used for communication, because each rooster’s call was unique and due to its ancestry, very loud. Roosters were placed in baskets on the...
The Brabanter is a domestic breed of chicken that was developed in Brabant, an area that rests between the Netherlands and Belgium. The original type of this breed almost became extinct during the twentieth century, but crossbreeding with the Dutch Owlbeard saved the breed by 1920. However, inbreeding caused many individuals to be born too small and the breeding stock that exists outside of Europe is considered to be of poor quality. The Brabanter can be distinguished from other breeds by...
- Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.