Local Cattle Breeds in Europe: Development of Policies and Strategies for Self-Sustaining Breeds Free Download

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The majority of cattle breeds in Europe are native or local breeds, usually characterised by a limited geographical distribution. The breeds have significant potential as they are carrying large amounts of genetic variation and have important cultural, historical, socio-economic and environmental values. ‘Local cattle is living inheritance, old germplasm which shouldn’t get lost’, said one farmer. These breeds were once regionally the most popular ones, now many of them are ‘at risk’. Hence, there is a need to (further) develop effective policies and strategies at national and European level to conserve and develop local cattle breeds and to promote their branded use.

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