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Date: 30.03.2017 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

A newly published book Genomic management of animal genetic diversity (ed. Kor Oldenbroek) describes the use of genomic technology to define breeds, to measure diversity and to assess important features in the history of breeds affecting the present genetic diversity. The book outlines both in vivo and in vitro management…

Date: 15.10.2016 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals
leader sheep, Iceland

The Icelandic leader sheep has been known to exist in Iceland ever since the settlement of the country over 1100 years ago. The Icelandic leader sheep is considered as a subpopulation within the Icelandic sheep. In the middle of the 20th century the population experienced a major bottleneck due to…

Date: 17.09.2016 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

Sweden has updated its national action plan for the conservation of farm animal genetic resources. The document (in Swedish only) can be found on the website of the Swedish Board of Agriculture. 

Date: 15.09.2016 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals
Iceland, Grazing conference

NordGen in collaboration with the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland arranged a 3-day multi-disciplinary conference on grazing in a changing Nordic region, September 12-15 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The conference gathered together 98 participants from 17 different countries. The focus of the conference was on the contribution of grazing to climate…

Date: 09.09.2016 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

An article published in the Finnish Kennel Club’s magazine “Koiramme” (9/2016) describes the history, characteristics and challenges of the highly endangered lundehund population. Several severe bottlenecks in the history of the Lundehund have resulted in a severe loss of genetic variability in the current lundehund population. Low fertility and high…

Date: 17.08.2016 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals
Danish pig

Researchers from Aarhus University’s Center for Quantitative Genetics and Genomics mapped the old livestock breeds’ relationships with each other and with breeds abroad, the structure of breeds and their genomic inbreeding degrees. Results are described in the report ‘Old Danish livestock breeds genomes – the breed origin and kinship’, published…