|Improved Animal Husbandry|
|Building Needed||Peasant Farm|
|Leads To||Selective Breeding|
The application of rational, scientific principles to the care and breeding of farm livestock.
Animal husbandry is, of course, a practical skill of every farmer, cowhand, shepherd, pigboy and egg collector on just about every farm in the world. It is, however, a matter of hard-won individual experience and folklore rather than rational, organised study. When gentlemen scholars apply their "scientific methods" of study to animals close to home, an improvement in animal care, health and breeding quality can result, leading in turn to greater yields for the farmers.
Historically, Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester (1754-1842) was a leading light in this field in Europe. He reorganised his land and home at the family seat, Holkam Hall. His "Holkam Sheerings" were gathering of agriculturalists and gentlemen farmers, who came to admire his flocks and herds - and see new ways of turning a profit. Many now see these as the forerunners of the traditional county and agricultural shows that take place to this day.