(The Society of the Peasantry Cattle)

To preserve old native breedes of cattle as living gene pools with as much gene variation as possible and without one-sided or special breeding purposes. The reasons for preserving the remnants of old native breedes are:

These cattle were very important for agriculture Sweden in the past. It is as important to preserve old living domestic lifestock, as it is to preserve old objects and buildings.

Nature conservation
These cattle are often hardy and well adapted for extensive production, i.e. good foodsearchers and very active. This makes them well suited for grazing on fields and woods in national parks, etc.

Economy based on domestic production
In Sweden young families often want to move to the countryside to grow their own vegetables, produce milk and meat in an ecological way. They only need one or two cows and these cattle can be well suited for this purpose.

Living gene pools
We keep these cattle as a living gene pool, sort of a gene stock to be used in the future if the breeding of modern breeds goes wrong.

All our work preserving these native breeds of cattle is carried out in an idealistic way, i. e non profit making. Our society has about 200 members and they get a quarterly magazine, free advisory services, free herd-booking and registration. Our society is quite unique, as we are approved as the Official Registrator of the so-called Peasantry Breeds of cattle in Sweden. All our cattle are registered in an exclusive herd-book, which is handwritten. The herd-book is also installed on computer. Every animal is identity photographed and given a derivation certificate. One of our actual projects is to have all this information transferred to a CD-ROM disc. Every cattleowner signs a gene pool-contract, where he commits himself, among other things, not to crossbreed. The owner also gives an annual report of his cattle. We are participating in a blood-profile investigation of the breed and in sperm-collecting of valuable breeding bulls. For breeding we try to use as many bulls as possible. Just now we are trying to preserve three breedes, namely Bohus Polled, Ringamåla Cow and Väne Cow. We are also keeping an eye on some other remnants of breeds of cattle.

Bohus Polled is a variety of Swedish Mountain, which has been grazing in an area in the western parts of Sweden, close to Norway. Bohus Polled. Photo: Yngve Hellman
Ringamåla Cow is regarded as an old gene pool for Swedish Red and White cattle found in the southern part of Sweden. Ringamåla Cow. Photo: Krister Kortebäck
Väne Cow is a rest of those old horned cattle, that were common in the southern parts of Sweden. They are also known as "Peasantry Cattle". Väne Cow. Photo: Krister Kortebäck



Uppdaterad 2011-01-16