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Archivos de Zootecnia

On-line version ISSN 1885-4494Print version ISSN 0004-0592


CARTANA, M.  and  FRANCESCH, A.. Herd book management in Catalan chicken breeds. Arch. zootec. [online]. 2011, vol.60, n.231, pp.393-396. ISSN 1885-4494.

In 2008 the herd books of Catalan chicken breeds were created and their management is conducted by IRTA. We present two different management systems which are being used depending on breeders associations; both allow us a strict control of the pedigree, it is well known that is difficult in birds. The adults registered in the Foundational, Definitive or Auxiliary Registers, at the moment of the reproduction, they were housed on individual cages. IRTA designed the matings and reproduced the selected birds by artificial insemination. In Prat breed Association, the partners are situated in the origin zone and the breeders are in the farms since the birth day. At the moment of the reproduction, the partners collected the numbered eggs and they were transported to IRTA where the birth, the identification and the register of the newborns in the Birth Register took place. The rearing and the selection were carrying out in the breeder's farms. In that moment there are 175 males and 461 females registered. In Penedesenca and Empordanesa breed Associations, the partners are widely dispersed. In this case rearing, selection and reproduction were carrying out in IRTA. When selected birds were reproduced, they were provided to the breeders who continued with the conservation. At present, in Penedesenca breed herd book there are 204 males and 420 females and in Empordanesa breed herd book there are 229 males and 527 females.

Keywords : Genealogical control; Artificial insemination; Pedigree; Local chicken breeds.

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