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Green Balkans at the 9th National Fair for the protection of autochthonous Bulgarian agricultural breeds

Green Balkans at the 9th National Fair for the protection of autochthonous Bulgarian agricultural breeds

17.10.2014
The event took place in the vicinity of the town of Kalofer, near “Central Balkan” National Park.
 
On October 11th, in “Panitsite” site, various autochthonous Bulgarian breeds of sheep, cattle, horses, and dogs were presented. The most numerous herds at the Fair were those of Karakachan sheep and horses, breeds typical of the region, as well as Dabenska sheep, Bulgarian Brown cattle and Bulgarian Gray cattle.
 
The autochthonous Bulgarian breeds are crucial for the conservation of some rare and protected species. Normally, these agricultural breeds are bred through extensive grazing in alpine areas, thus maintaining the habitats, and when they die, they provide food for endangered birds such as eagles, vultures, etc.
 
While at the Fair, Green Balkans’ team presented its activities implemented within “Lesser Kestrel Recovery” LIFE11 NAT/BG/360 project before freshmen in Zoo Engineering from the Agricultural University in Plovdiv. An important part of Green Balkans’ activities under this project is using Karakachan horses to manage Lesser Kestrel foraging grounds. The extensive grazing of horses keeps the vegetation in the Lesser Kestrel release area short. Thus, they can easily find and capture their prey - insects, small rodents, and reptiles. The students were quite excited by the opportunity to get closely acquainted with the applied environmental activities based on traditional husbandry practices, such as extensive breeding of farm animals.
 
 
For further information, please contact:
Gradimir Gradev, Project Manager
Lesser Kestrel Recovery, LIFE11 NAT/BG/360
Mobile: +359 885 609 289; Е-mail: ggradev@greenbalkans.org