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  • New live blood test to detect worms in pigs

    Pig farmers will no longer have to rely on slaughter returns to identify any worm infestations, with the launch of a blood test offering earlier detection.
    Friday, October 24th, 2014

  • Research looks at link between cow social ties and milk yield

    A dairy project is seeking to understand how relationships between cows and their position in social groups affect the health and productivity of individuals.
    Friday, October 24th, 2014

  • FW 80th birthday: Through the decades – 2000s

    News of the first foot-and-mouth outbreak since 1967 was a watershed moment in farming history. The disease, first identified in pigs at an abattoir in Essex in February 2001, shaped the decade in many ways. It left a trail of financial and emotional devastation in its wake and led to the destructi...
    Friday, October 24th, 2014

  • Dairy crash dissected: How we got here and challenges for the future

    Falling farmgate prices have left many dairy farmers in crisis. Charlie Taverner debates the causes of the price drops and asks what the industry can do to protect itself.
    Friday, October 24th, 2014

  • Pig and poultry research at SRUC tied up

    Scottish agricultural college SRUC has set up a Monogastric Science Research Centre to find ways in which its pig and poultry research teams can work more closely together.
    Friday, October 24th, 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

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