Category: Farm Animals

Arctic Ark

The Arctic Ark -project (Arctic Ark. Human-animal adaptations to the Arctic environment: natural and folk selection practices (Arc-Ark)) studies animals’ adaptation to the Arctic as a complex human-environmental process. The project is a consortium work between researchers from genetics, biology...

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Characterization of native Nordic Breeds

The aim of this document is to provide a list of references outlining the current extent of characterization, both phenotypic and genetic, of native Nordic farm animal breeds. Google scholar was used to search for any scientific publications, including student...

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Swedish Mountain Cattle documentary

During her internship Saija Tenhunen worked on a case study of Swedish Mountain Cattle. Her internship produced a short documentary about Fjällko, Swedish Mountain Cattle, one of the native cattle breeds in Sweden. Please, enjoy the lovely scenery of Northern...

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Genes in imprisonment

The new NordGen Council for Animal Genetic Resources, nominated for the term 2015-2017, had its first regular meeting in Finland at the end of April. The Council also had the possibility to get more acquainted with the national animal genetic...

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Nordic Brown Bee Plan of Action

Based on a final report published in November 2014, a group of bee experts from the Nordic countries have drafted a plan of action to ensure the conservation of the Nordic brown bee. The actions with highest priority revolve around...

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The early history of livestock husbandry

Most of the material the book is based on originates from the FinnARCH research project, which was a collaboration between the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the University of Turku and financed by the Finnish Academy. The FinnARCH project...

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Norway’s wild goats

A wild goat population, which has been roaming an island in Norway’s Sunnmøre district since the 1950s, will be subject of a study being carried out this year. The project was initiated with a field trip to the island of...

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Hobby breeders saved the endangered Finnish Landrace Chicken

First conservation actions were taken already in the 1960s when the ‘Kiuruvesi’ population or lineage was rescued. The conservation programme, established in 1998, maintains a total of 12 different landrace lineages. The uniqueness of each discovered flock has been evaluated...

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Hot off the press!

In general, the report , which is based on text mining of 14 million patent applications, has good news relative to equitable sharing of AnGR. After a steep increase of patent applications involving AnGR in the 1990s, peaking in 2001,...

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Genetic characterisation of Danish Jutland cattle

A recent study, published in the scientific journal Journal of Animal Science, has genetically characterized a herd of Danish Jutland cattle. The study is based on 135 individuals from the Kortegaard herd of Danish Jutland cattle, which has been genotyped...

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