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Farm animal genetic resources: safeguarding national livestock biodiversity

The importance of conservation and sustainable development of livestock genetic assets and the work of the National Standing Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources.

Year of Publication2009

Long regarded in the UK as the responsibility of individuals, breeders’ groups or charitable organizations, livestock breed conservation has now been recognized by the Government as a national responsibility. The National Standing Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources was set up in 2006 to promote conservation and sustainable development of livestock biodiversity in general. It is putting into effect a National Action Plan comprising 38 Recommended Actions. This article reports on the composition and activities of the Committee and emphasizes the importance for agricultural sustainability of a full appreciation of the value of these resources.

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genetic resourcesconservationbiodiversity
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Working for the future of farming and rural life.

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