Whitebred Shorthorn TV Debut
|The BBC's Rural Affairs
Correspondent Tom Heap interviewed our Chairman Adrian
Wheelwright at the Autumn sale at Carlisle for a BBC television
feature to accompany the release of the Defra "Noah's
Genetic 'Noah's ark' strategy launched for the country's
(Defra press release 06 November
A plan to conserve the genetic material of the country's farmed
animals was launched today.
The plan makes recommendations to the industry and Government
on how we can improve and maintain the diversity of our livestock's
genetic material in the future.
The recommendations fall under the following broad categories:
To maintain an advisory body to better inform the public,
industry and policymakers on the country's farm animal
To improve the collection, quality and availability of
information and data on genetic resources to provide effective
ways for their future use;
To support the prioritisation, development and implementation
of projects to conserve our genetic diversity;
To maintain a co-ordinating function and enhance issues
surrounding genetic resources in other areas of Government
Jeff Rooker, Food and Farming Minister, said:
‘This plan is important economically, socially and culturally.
We have a fine tradition in this country of breeding a diverse
range of farm animals which in many cases can be found across
the world. However, there are growing concerns over genetic
diversity as growing economic pressures have lead to a few
specialised breeds spreading across the globe . The threat
of exotic diseases is also a threat to diversity in some breeds.
'There are also new challenges and opportunities for livestock
farmers today and our genetic resources and the expertise of
breeders have the potential to meet our pressing environmental
and market challenges.
This strategic approach to manage our world renowned genetic
resources is to be complimented and I think all involved would
agree that this will help us form policy in the years to come
whilst at the same time ensuring the survival of many of our
loved and cherished breeds.'