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  • First Milk cuts prices by 3p/litre

    First Milk has slashed both its milk prices by 3p/litre – the heaviest cut of the year so far.
    Monday, September 01st, 2014

  • Eyespot-resistance ratings make new maize list

    Ratings for eyespot resistance have been included for the first time on the latest forage maize variety list, which also sees the addition of nine new first-choice varieties.
    Monday, September 01st, 2014

  • German farmers face antibiotic use restriction

    German livestock and poultry producers are to have antibiotics use benchmarked against other farms, and restrictions placed on those with usage deemed too high under tough new legislation.
    Monday, September 01st, 2014

  • Dairy industry hits back at Daily Mail milk claims

    The farming industry has hit back over an article in the Daily Mail that advocates cutting back on milk consumption because it contains “pus” and “hormones”.
    Monday, September 01st, 2014

  • Being 'water aware' could save key pesticides

    Growers and the crop production industry must do all they can in the short term to prevent some key pesticides getting into drinking water supplies - otherwise increased regulation or bans on certain products could be just around the corner. Adam Clarke reports
    Monday, September 01st, 2014

British Breeds for domestic needs

The Story So Far...

Britannic Rare Breeds aim to promote all traditional and native farmed livestock, in particular rare breeds and where possible make them easily obtainable. Native breeds form a valuable part of our cultural heritage and their continued existence and genetic diversity is important to provide opportunities and options for both commercial and domestic circumstances in the future.

Rare breeds are rare because smallholders are rare, in truth we should all do our bit to grow our own and it is in this domestic, low intensity and small scale environment that so many traditional breeds flourish where a dependant commercial strain would not. A great array of traditional breeds still exist and it is among this great diversity that you are likely to find a breed or variety ideally suited to your own environment, requirements and circumstances.

Traditional British Poultry Breeds

  • A study of all core British poultry breeds, including chickens, ducks and geese
  • Characteristics of each breed
  • Breed history
  • Breeding and management requirements
  • Modern uses of each breed
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