Introduction of old Hungarian farm animal breeds kept in the gene bank demonstration farm of Institute for Farm Animal Conservation

Since its reorganization in 2010, Institute for Farm Animal Conservation has been functioning as a centre of gene conservation of old Hungarian farm animal breeds. Gene conservation and research tasks were complemented by basic activities of education and rural development. For that reason we established a demonstration and gene bank farm of old, indigenous Hungarian farm animal breeds, which aims at creating a nucleus stock of the most endangered of them, demonstrating the protected indigenous breeds and their use for educational and research purposes, involving breeds into rural development schemes, as well as participating in the gene rescue programme of breeds which do not enjoy official protection yet.

Institute for Farm Animal Conservation has started its poultry gene conservation programme based on traditions dating back to many decades in 1990. The registered nucleus stocks of 14 old Hungarian poultry breeds and many other breeds of farm animals are maintained in the gene bank unique today in Hungary. These breeds are described briefly as follows:
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