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CTA. 1993. Desirable qualities. Spore 46. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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To be useful, and therefore to appeal to landless and usually poor people, animals should have most or all of certain attributes. They must: - provide one or more products which are already in local demand - be readily available - and foundation...
To be useful, and therefore to appeal to landless and usually poor people, animals should have most or all of certain attributes. They must: - provide one or more products which are already in local demand - be readily available - and foundation stock must be inexpensive or even free - be small and temperamentally suited to living in simple, low-cost housing, which itself occupies very little space, or utilizes otherwise wasted space - be ready and prolific breeders in captivity and quick to mature so that production is rapid -be tolerant to close contact and regular handling, and preferably should not be prone to bite - be able to feed on readily available low-cost or no-cost feedstuffs - be acclimatized to local conditions and not prone to diseases - not cause a nuisance to neighbours - be free of religious taboos It is simpler to choose species which are already domesticated, which have been raised successfully and profitably over many years elsewhere and which are adapted to any given local conditions. Perhaps the best known are rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) pigeons (Golmba livia), bees (Apis spp) and silkworms (Bombyx mon).
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