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Cumberland Pig
2014-08-15 11:16:52

The Cumberland pig is a breed of domestic pig that was developed in Northern areas of England. It was once used for the meat industry, specifically for use in local delicacies like Cumberland ham or sausage, but it went extinct in 1960 after leaner meat became popular. It is thought that the breed was developed the course of a few hundred years in Westmorland and Cumberland. It was a close...

Gttingen Minipig
2014-08-13 12:00:03

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...

Thoroughbred
2014-08-12 13:54:44

The Thoroughbred is a breed of horse that was developed in England during the reigns of King Charles II, King William III, Queen Anne, and King George I. The foundation stallions of the breed, two Arabians and one unknown breed, were imported in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and although nearly 160 Oriental stallions were used in its development, these three horses were...

Suffolk Punch
2014-08-12 13:40:03

The Suffolk punch is a breed of draught horse that was developed in England to be used for farm work. The breed was first mentioned in writing in William Camden’s Britannia, which was published in 1586, and was noted as having a highly similar appearance to the modern Suffolk punch. Studies have shown that the breed is related to Fell and Dales ponies, as well as the Haflinger and it has...

Standardbred Horse
2014-08-12 13:34:30

The Standardbred horse is a breed of horse that was developed in the United States of America. It was developed for the purpose of trot racing, which became popular in America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Selective breeding began when breeders chose horses that would result in the fastest Standardbred horses as possible, including the Thoroughbred, Morgan, Hackney, and Norfolk...

ISA brown
2014-07-15 07:03:44

The ISA brown is a breed of domestic hybrid chicken that is thought to have been developed by crossing Rhode Island Red and Rhode Island White chickens, although the modern type contains genes from many other breeds. It is not a true breed, but a hybrid that was developed by breeding unrelated dams and sires until the desired result was produced. The name “ISA” is an acronym that stands for...

Vorwerk chicken
2014-07-15 06:47:36

The Vorwerk chicken is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in Germany during the twentieth century. Oskar Vorwerk used many breeds to develop this chicken including the buff Orpington, Andalusian, and the Lakenvelder. Although it was given a standard in 1913, the breed never became popular, so it is rare outside of Europe. A bantam type of this breed was developed by Wilmar Vorwerk...

Hamburg chicken
2014-07-15 06:37:47

The Hamburg chicken is a breed of chicken that was developed in Germany and Holland sometime before the eighteenth century. This breed is considered to be rare, with less than one thousand individuals being registered in North America per year. Its weight varies depending upon the type and sex, with standard type cocks weighing about five pounds and hens weighing four pounds, while the...

Carinthian Blondvieh Cattle
2014-07-14 12:04:00

The Carinthian Blondvieh is a breed of cattle native to Carinthia, Austria. It is believed to be descendents of the Slovenian cattle which were bred with Gelbvieh cattle to form the Carinthian Blondvieh. Last population count was in 2005 with 524 cows and 40 bulls. A steady increase from the previous count of 421 cows and 42 bulls in 2002. The Carinthian Blondvieh is usually white or pale...

Caracu Cattle
2014-07-14 11:57:22

The Caracu is a breed of cattle that originated in Brazil. It was developed as a dual purpose cattle utilizing both its meat for beef products and milk for dairy products. Its origin can be traced back to the Minhota, sometime in the mid-1500s. Many hardships from disease to harsh condition made it difficult to raise cattle. The first herd book was established in 1916. In 1980, new breeding...

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