Genetic resource management of livestock is greatly supported by attending to the needs of local producers with breeds that suit small scale commodity production. The technology of small purebred populations has been neglected but applies to essential food production and gene preservation in the most practical means. Essentially a recording system, regardless of how simple it is is as important to breeders in developing industries as are the highly specialized systems in industrialized societies. Together with social needs of rural societies, small livestock populations of nucleus herds or flocks for gene migration and residence in new environments, recording is basic to maintaining the most efficient genotypes. 

C. Hickman

Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume XII. Biotechnology, selection experiments, parameter estimation, design of breeding systems, management of genetic resources., , 511–516, 1986
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