The Council of the Society recently commissioned a study into trends within the Highland pony breed. With direction and support from the RBST, researchers from South Africa and Germany have created three extensive documents. The Population Report interprets: The number of breeding males and females by year dating back to the beginning of records 120 years ago The age structure of parents by birth year of offspring The distribution of parity of dams at birth of offspring Generation intervals Family size. There is a vast amount of information in this first report and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust is currently working hard to summarise it and to consider benchmarks to…
Another virtual Council meeting took place on 4 May with Councillors from all over the UK discussing and agreeing on a wide range of issues.