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The Sheep Trust

Contact details

Address: University of York-York-YO10 5DD-UK
Legal Status: Charity 0




Cattle Partridge
Chicken Pheasant
Duck Pig
Goat Pigeon
Goose (domestic) Quail
Guinea fowl Rabbit
Horse Turkey

Other(s): 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: 2001 – 2010
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): 10 – 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 7
Percentage of female animals: 2%
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): =

Objectives and identity

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

  • ex situ

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 spreadsheets
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

National inventory: Country survey

Database management system (software)


Document passport data No

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: No
Documentation: Partially


Viability testing of stored material: Yes, but rarely
Diagnosis of the presence of pests and diseases, or contaminations: Yes, but rarely

Overall viability level of your collection

Good: The collection was evaluated after ten years of storage and rationalised
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 2

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Cryo bank

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Other written agreement Written agreement only in special cases

Distribution of material (per year)

Percentage of requests which are fulfilled <10%

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

Private 100%

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 50%
Storage 50%

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