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The Herds Shot Round the WorldNative Breeds and the British Empire, c. 1800-1900$
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Rebecca J. H. Woods

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469634661

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634661.001.0001

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The Return of the Native Breed

The Return of the Native Breed

(p.165) Conclusion The Return of the Native Breed
The Herds Shot Round the World

Rebecca J. H. Woods

University of North Carolina Press

The developments outlined in Chapter 5 set the stage for the late-twentieth-century invention of “Traditional” Hereford cattle, defined as those animals whose entire lineage could be traced to individuals bred only within the British Isles. Traditional Herefords became central players in rare breeds conservation—a revival of interest in “native” British breeds, many of which had been pushed to the side lines of the livestock industry in favour of larger, faster-maturing, and meatier foreign breeds. As Canadian and American Herefords returned to their erstwhile native land beginning in the 1970s, proponents of the English variety privileged environmental factors over shared genetic roots in their delineation between Traditional and modern Herefords. Such a stance implicitly denied imperialism as a reciprocal process in which the creole formations of the colonies come “home” to roost.

Keywords:   Hereford cattle, Traditional Herefords, native breeds, rare breeds conservation

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