Breeds & Breeding w/Artificial Insemination, Stock Farms
SF 105 General Works
The Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University states that this "... site is intended as an educational and informational resource on breeds of livestock throughout the world." Containing descriptions and data on breeds from "every inhabited continent," it seeks to offer precise details on breeds, as well as breed preservation.
Users will immediately find the site's links to various breeds represented in the following animals: cattle, horses, goats, sheep, swine, and poultry. Upon accessing an animal type, the user will find a history of the animal's domestication, as well as an alphabetical listing of particular breeds. Choosing to view breed information produces a description of the breed's history, physical characteristics, and an image. References are provided to users who wish for additional information on the selected breed.
The site was designed by a committee, whose members are: Larry Burditt, David Buchanan, Jerry Fitch, Sally Northcutt, and Don Topliff.
Choose animal category from listings on first page. Browse through article on particular animal and then access particular breed through alphabetical listing.
SF 105.3 Germplasm
The Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DAD-IS) is "the key communication and information tool for implementing the Global Strategy for the Management of Farm Animal Genetic Resources (AnGR)." The system "has been created to foster world-wide knowledge on the state, use and development of global animal genetic resources important for food and agriculture." It includes information on nearly 4,000 breeds, representing 28 species in over 180 countries. Extensive databases, tools, guidelines, and a library are provided so that users can contact people and organizations providing assistance and advice.
Targetting policy-makers, governmental organizations, farmers, teachers, students, and environmental workers, DAD-IS assists research groups and helps to achieve better management of farm animal genetic resources. The system's main menu , accessible in English, French, and Spanish, provides access to: the site's homepage, an information center, and the entrance to DAD-IS. When accessing the general information page, users will find the following categories: basic information, answers to frequent questions, search instructions, new research, and system structure. Under the search instructions category, users will find detailed outlines to aid in utilizing DAD-IS. All topics on this page provide direct links to the specified category.
If the user decides to access the DAD-IS system, he will find an information page, providing access to these areas: new documents and information, contacts and external links, tools and databases, the library, and the bulletin board. Here, users can submit keywords to activate their search of DAD-IS.
The DAD-IS system and its sites are maintained by the Initiative for Domestic Animal Diversity; Animal Production and Health Division; FAO, Rome, Italy.
Through DAD-IS homepage, choose "About DAD-IS" to access general information and search instructions. Choose "Enter DAD-IS" for immediate access to the system and related general information. Keyword searches initiate the databases.