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  • FW 80th birthday: A farmer's climate change diary

    There is widespread agreement among scientists that the climate is changing and the weather is increasingly swinging away from the average.
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

  • Use cheap cereals to reduce beef finishing times this winter

    Beef finishers feeding mixed rations should take advantage of cheap cereals to reduce finishing times, thereby increasing the throughput of store cattle this winter.
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

  • Driver's view: Manitou MLT 731 telehandler

    Considering buying a used sub-£30,000 telehandler? James Andrews visits a seasoned punter to see if Manitou should make your shortlist.
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

  • New tool shows environmental impact of turkey

    A new tool that can analyse the environmental impact of turkey production “from poult to plate” has found that imported soya can have fewer environmental implications than home-grown proteins.
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

  • Opinion: Literary terriers and flatulent Labradors

    I have developed an irritating cough that is the legacy of a sore throat. The sheep cough when they have lungworm and, as he still has a drop or two of Panacur left after worming the flock in September, he has kindly offered to include me as a job lot.
    Wednesday, October 22nd, 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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Featured Breed

Suffolk Chequer chicken