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Breed Conservation Strategy

The Society

Breed Conservation Strategy

1. Aim to maintain representation of all the founder animals

2. Identify the three rarest founder bloodlines and maintain these by a line breeding system

3. Owners of cattle with the highest representation of the three founder bloodlines should be asked to select from Society recommended bulls

4. Try to ensure that these breeders notify the Society before castration or disposal of offspring.

5. Five lines are to be identified from the population which when bred in a cyclic manner will produce cattle with a low inbreeding coefficient - ie below 6.25%

6. Breeders may,if they wish use the Geniped system to check the inbreeding coefficient of the progeny of any proposed mating

7. Maintain AI bulls by a line breeding system. The use of conservation bank semen would be dependent upon agreement betwen the breeder and the RBST giving the RBST the option to collect semen from any male offspring.