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An information system for the assessment of the threats to the heritage sheep breeds

  • C. Ligda
  • Ch. Mizeli
  • A. Carson
  • D. Bowles
  • A. Georgoudis
Part of the EAAP – European Federation of Animal Science book series (EAAP, volume 129)

Abstract

The heritage sheep breeds are geographically concentrated, environmentally adapted, genetically distinct and commercially farmed breeds to economically support the local communities. In the frame of the HERITAGESHEEP project funded under the EU Regulation 870/04, a database has been developed to combine all (the) available information for the assessment of threats for the heritage sheep breeds. This information is grouped in three parts, where the first refers to the population numbers and trends, the second refers to the potential threats, which include social, political, disease and environmental pressures, and the third part focuses on the determination of the value of the breed to the region where it is raised, through its contribution to the environment, adaptation and grazing habits. The system aims to serve as a tool to promote the sustainable use of the heritage sheep breeds, integrating information on the characteristics of the breeds, their use, the threats they are exposed to and the values attached to the breeds and their products.

Keywords

AnGR databases sheep breeds information system 

References

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  3. ERFP, 2006. Genetic Resources of Heritage Sheep Breeds Across Europe: - their value and conservation. Jones, S. and D. Bowles (editors). 221 pp.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Wageningen Academic Publishers 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Ligda
    • 1
  • Ch. Mizeli
    • 2
  • A. Carson
    • 3
  • D. Bowles
    • 4
  • A. Georgoudis
    • 5
  1. 1.Centre for Agricultural Research of Northern GreeceNAGREFThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Holstein Association of HellasThessalonikiGreece
  3. 3.The Sheep TrustCumbriaUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.Departement of BiologyUniversity of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Department of Animal Production, School of AgricultureAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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