Farm Animal Color Genetics Links -
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This is a collection of links to sites which which might interest a color genetics hobbyist. The links are presented by species, and under some species there are first links to general color genetics pages and then links to pages about special colors and patterns in that species. The quality of these pages varies a lot from small photo galleries to vast genetic resources. Last checked and updated 2004-09-01.

Cattle
Sheep
Goat
Llama
Alpaca
Pig

Cattle - Nauta

Genetics of Coat Color in Cattle by Sheila Schmutz
a good site about colors! pics, too
http://sask.usask.ca/~schmutz/colors.html

The Genetics of Color by Robert Schalles
colors of Gelbvieh cattle explained
http://www.gelbvieh.org/fscolor.html

Cattle Color Genetics by ?
a pdf table with some breeds and genes in them
http://www.asft.ttu.edu/ANSC3402/Handouts/alleles.pdf

Genetics of Colour Variation by T.A. Olson
a pdf file explaining colors in cattle
http://www.agri.ubu.ac.th/suralee/2587ch3.pdf

Coat Color in Cattle by Fern Hill Farm
nice article with pics
http://www.sss-mag.com/fernhill/cowcolor.html

Color Pattern Inheritance in Beef Cattle by Stanley McPeake
colors in beef breeds, text and tables
http://www.uaex.edu/Other_Areas/publications/HTML/FSA-3067.asp

The Color Of (Longhorn) Cattle by Larry Griggs
a nice, short article with a small color gallery
http://www.butlertexaslonghorns.com/history/colorofcattle.html

Color Patterns and Markings of Texas Longhorn by Candy's Corral
a picture gallery with color and pattern names
http://www.candyscorral.com/Library/SimplyLonghorn/patternsmarkings.shtml

Our colourful Icelandic cows by Langhus ranch
a small photo gallery of different colors and pattern
http://www.icelandichorse.is/cows.html

Inheritance of the Belt Pattern in Belted Galloway Cattle by Sheila Scmutz et al
short article about this rare pattern, no pics
http://www.intl-pag.org/pag/9/abstracts/P5j_08.html

Colour Patterns and Belted Galloway Registries by Hugh R. Crawford
long text about this pattern, no pics or gene names
http://www.galloway-world.org/intconf/craw2.htm

Sheep - Lammas

Color Genetics in Icelandic Sheep by Susan Mongold
a long, good article with lots of pics!
http://www.icelandicsheep.com/genetics.html

Sheep Color Genetics by Lanette Scapillato
a very good article about Shetland, Iceland and Finn breeds
http://www2.localaccess.com/primolana/page3.htm

Sheep Color Genetics by Shaltz Farm
a set of articles about color in Shetlands
http://www.shaltzfarm.com/shcolor.html

Colours in Shetland Sheep by NASSA
color and pattern names
http://www.fibreworksfarm.com/shetland/colours.htm

Basic Concepts of Colour Inheritance by BCSBAA
a short article, just covering the basics
http://www.ballaratweb.net/bcsbaa/genes.html

Icelandic Sheep Color and Pattern Genetics by Lisa Roskopf and George DeGeer
another good article, some pics
http://www.hawksmountainranch.com/colorpatterngenetics.html

A Primer in Icelandic Breeding Genetics: Color and Pattern by Lavender Fleece farm
good, not just as good as the previous ones
http://lavenderfleece.com/genetics.html

Hebridean Colour Genetics by J D Parfitt and A J Sheppy
rather sci text about this breed, no pics
http://www.btinternet.com/~hebridean.sheep/domblackpage.html

Our Icelandic sheep by Langhus ranch
just a color picture gallery
http://www.icelandichorse.is/Sheep.html

Colour Genetics in Spaelsau by Ottar Endresen
short text, pics
http://www.sheep-isle.dk/Ottar%20Endresen/colourgenetics.htm

Genetics of Sheep Colour in New Zealand by BCSBA
a short text about colors in this breed
http://www.colouredsheep.org.nz/genetics.html

The Genetics of Coat Color in Jacob Sheep by Dan Carpenter
a short text about black and "lilac"
http://members.aol.com/hobsickle/JacobSheepColorGenetics.html

Color Genetics in Coopworth Sheep by Phillip Sponenberg
genetic text about colors and patterns, no pics
http://www.deerrunsheepfarm.com/genetics.html

Goat - Vuohi

Breeding for Color by CAGBA
several articles including good stuff by Sponenberg
http://www.cagba.org/breeding.shtml

Some Dairy Goat Color Genetics by Wilmer J. Miller
not as good, but some genes explained, no pics
http://www.ringneckdove.com/Wilmer's%20WebPage/Goatgen.htm

Goat Color Explained by Phillip Sponenberg
a short article about some color names + fainting goat gallery
http://www.rfaintingfarm.com/genetics.htm

White Spotting Patterns by Phillip Sponenberg
drawings of different pattern types
http://www.rfaintingfarm.com/spotting.htm

Color Genetics, Color Patterns and the Pygmy Goat by Phillip Sponenberg
a very nice article with good pics
http://kinne.net/pygcolor.htm

Color Genetics in the Nigerian Dwarf Goat by Cris Waller
lots of good stuff; text, photos and drawings
http://members.cox.net/foxcroft/genetics.htm

Llama - Laama

Llama Coat Colors by Dale Graham
rather good text with pics
http://www.llamaweb.com/About/ColorsPics.html

Llamas and Their Colors by Starlit Ridge Farm
short descriptions of some colors and patterns, no pics
http://www.starlitridge.com/llamas_colors.html

Alpaca - Alpakka

Some Educated Guesses on Color Genetics of Alpacas by Phillip Sponenberg
no pics but rather long and interesting stuff - just scroll down
http://aaalpacas.com/deaf.html

Alpaca Color Genetics by Andrew & Ann Merriwether
about white spotting - and just in pdf
http://www.alpacagenetics.com/AndyMAlpacaWorldArticle6.pdf

Mr. Paca Pinto by Ingrid Wood
something about alpaca colors and genetics
http://www.alpacaheritage.com/genetics2.html

Pig - Sika

Colour genes in Danish swine breeds by Vetgen (?)
just some genes with pics
http://www.kursus.kvl.dk/shares/vetgen/_Popgen/genetics/11/11/sld008.htm

...and Coat Color in Pigs by Kijas, Wales et al
scientific stuff about color inheritance
http://www.genetics.org/cgi/content/full/150/3/1177


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