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Dynamic Tension 2

When we steward rare breeds of livestock, we are constantly aware of potentially opposing tensions.  On the one hand, we must pay attention to the market since recovering rare breeds is most successful when their economics make sense.  886 more words

Fell Ponies

The Redcoats Are Coming! The Redcoats Are Coming!

Before the Royal Canadian Mounted Police existed, the Canadian West was policed by the North West Mounted Police. Established in 1873, the NWMP patrolled the previously lawless area covering Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. 229 more words


What do you do with my Longwool curls?

I thought you’d like to see a couple more creative ways to use British Rare breed wool locks. I really look forward to seeing these images! 49 more words

Consequences of Breeding Closely in the Fell Pony

DNA research has found that the Fell Pony’s genetic diversity is healthy relative to other breeds.  Nonetheless I think we have to be careful when breeding closely-related ponies to each other.  532 more words

Fell Ponies

A Cautionary Tale for Fell Pony Stewards from the Thoroughbred

What do you think when you hear that the Thoroughbred has a narrow gene pool?  Perhaps you are as skeptical as I was.  I was skeptical because of my two decades’ involvement with rare breeds of livestock where we think about the size of gene pools often.  568 more words

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How people use my British Rare Breed Locks

Having just been asked if I had any ‘wool’ suitable for doll hair I said ‘Is the Pope Catholic?’

I couldn’t tell what was suitable over the phone so my friend popped round with her scantily clad ‘lace project’ a beautiful fabric doll wearing a lacy negligee, lace stockings, suspender belt, bra and panties. 121 more words


Silkies are a particularly attractive pure breed of chickens – please go the ‘the spare’ to see my pictures of them!