Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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The Cobthorn Trust

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Address: High Street, Congresbury-Bristol-BS49 5JA-United Kingdom
Legal Status: NGO 0




Cattle X Dexter (Original Population) Partridge
Chicken X Araucana (British), Australorp, Brahma, Brussbar, Croad Langshan, Derbyshire Redcap, Dorking, Hamburgh, Indian Game, Ixworth, Legbar, Leghorn, Marsh Daisy, Modern Game, Modern Langshan, Norfolk Grey, North Holland Blue, Old English Game, Old English Pheasant Fowl, Orpington, Rhodebar, Scots Dumpy, Scots Grey, Silkie, Spanish, Sultan, Sumatra Game, Sussex, Transylvanian Naked Neck, Yokohama, Modern Game (Miniature), Sultan (Miniature), Yokohama (Miniature), Booted Bantam, Burmese Bantam, Nankin Bantam, Rosecomb Bantam, Sebright Bantam Pheasant X Silver, Edwards, Vietnamese
Duck X Appleyard, Aylesbury, Campbell, Crested, Magpie, Muscovy, Orpington, Shetland, Stanbridge White, Welsh Harlequin Pig
Goat Pigeon
Goose (domestic) X Brecon Buff, Greyback, Shetland, West of England Quail
Guinea fowl Rabbit
Horse Turkey X British White, Buff, Cambridge Bronze, Norfolk Black

Other(s): Hebridean Sheep, Soay Sheep

Type of material maintained:

Modern breeds and varieties Traditional breeds and varieties Populations Other(s)

Type of material stored:

Living collections Sperm Egg cells Seeds Tissue cultures Cells Other(s)

Collection description:

Date of start of the collection/population: < 1980
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 96
Percentage of female animals: 80%
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): =

Objectives and identity

Geographic origin of the material in the collection: National
Population management:

  • on-farm

Objective of maintaining the collection/population:

Conservation Research Breeding Training Awareness raising Other(s)



Use of available technical guidelines (e.g. FAO) No
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes
Database management system (software)


Document passport data Yes

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: No
Documentation: No


Regeneration/multiplication: Frequently
Molecular analysis (e.g. DNA sequencing or fingerprinting): Yes, but rarely
Evaluation of useful traits: Yes, but rarely

Overall viability level of your collection

Poor: Limited by the constraints of funding. With more substantial financial support the collection would do a great deal more
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 3

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Living population(s)

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
No written agreement No written agreement

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 40
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled 10 – 25%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 3

Budget and funding

Yearly budget for the collection (in euros): < 10,000

Funding sources (in %)

Private 100%

Funding allocation (in %)

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