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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: 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: 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: 15.06.2016 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: 17.04.2015 Author: Anne Kettunen Category: Farm Animals
Northern Finncattle

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 resource program in Finland and visit two in situ gene…