Cattle, A Handbook to the Breeds of the World
By (author) Val Porter
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Cattle, A Handbook to the Breeds of the World by Val Porter
Book DescriptionThe early chapters trace the domestication of cattle, looking more closely at the now extinct ancestral aurochs, and how different types and breeds gradually evolved, while later chapters study wild species of the cattle family and some of their unusual interesting domesticants, especially in Asia. The breed entries are gathered in geographical sections according to the breed's country of origin. Each section has an introduction, which sets the region's cattle in a cultural as well as an agricultural context. The development of each breed is traced, with ample reference to influential breeds that no longer exist or are rare today. The animal's physical characteristics are described [including typical coat colouring and markings, horns, sizes and conformation] along with their main roles historically and currently [for the production of meat or milk, as a work animal or as a form of currency or status symbol] and their special characteristics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781861269348
(260mm x 190mm x 32mm)
Imprint: The Crowood Press Ltd
Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Since the 18th century British cattle breeds have spread worldwide and have made the names of several counties famous in distant lands. Some of those breeds have become extinct and many others have become so rare that they are in danger of disappearing. This book describes many of the existing breeds and those that have already gone.
British Pigs, Paperback (August 2009)» View all books by Val Porter
Over the centuries different localities had developed their own tastes in what their pigs should look like. This book describes these breeds and how they developed. It looks at some of the evocatively named extinct pigs and at foreign breeds that are imported and become part of the British pig.
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Author Biography - Val Porter
Valerie Porter has written some 30 books on rural themes including Saving the Breeds a history of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, written jointly with Lawrence Alderson. She has edited an extensive range of agricultural, veterinary and life sciences books.
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