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Date: 29.08.2017 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Farm Animals

NordGen offers an exciting position in a professional and international working environment. NordGen has an open vacancy as leader of the Section for Farm Animals in Ås, Norway. An interesting position with variable and developing work in sustainable management of farm animal genetic resources in both the Nordic and the…

Date: 20.06.2017 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals, Husdjur

Genetic diversity and population structure of Swedish sheep breeds was studied using pedigree data and molecular genetic information. Both pedigree information and microsatellite genotypes showed that inbreeding has been successfully managed in the ancient Gute sheep breed, despite it being a small local population. The population structure of five Swedish…

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…