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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…

Date: 17.06.2016 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

The OCS workshop arranged by NordGen 6th-10th of June at Hafjell, Norway was a success. To maximize the learning experience of all participants, the workshop was divided into two parts: introductory and advanced. “Part I – Introductory” included lectures on basic theory of optimal contribution selection (OCS) with discrete generations,…

Date: 15.06.2016 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

Although these breeds have probably gone through severe bottlenecks, they still express high phenotypic variation, e.g. in body size and plumage colour. Genetic variation and relatedness of the Swedish local chicken breeds had to date not been investigated. Three molecular genetic studies recently shed light on relationships, population structure and…

Date: Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

Finnhorse is the only native horse breed in Finland. It has a long history and is an an invaluable part of the Finnish cultural and historical heritage. The hardworking Finnhorse was used in agriculture and forestry, and it bravely served in the war fronts. In the past, the population size…

Date: 17.01.2016 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals

The Second Report on the State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture provides a comprehensive assessment of livestock biodiversity and its management. It draws together information provided in 129 country reports, 15 reports from international organizations, 4 reports from regional focal points and networks for animal…