Robert Bakewell


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Bakewell, Robert,

1725–95, English livestock breeder and agriculturist. He successfully bred livestock for meat rather than appearance, developing new breeds, which included the Leicester sheep and the Dishley, or New Leicestershire, longhorn cattle. He introduced the progeny test for selective breeding and also improved methods of housing stock, cultivating grass, and manuring.
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In the 18th century, a British sheep farmer named Robert Bakewell set out to improve his flocks by controlling their mating activities.
A farmer called Robert Bakewell made the Longhorn breed very popular towards the end of the 18th Century.
Later, author Stanley Weyman, who lived at Llanrhydd Hall from 898 to 1928, put up 18th century style Grade II listed wrought iron gates, reputedly made by Robert Bakewell.
WINNERS: Cllr Ken Taylor (second from right) presents the awards to (from left) Lucy Carlton, aged 19, a student at Coventry University, Woodway Park school pupil Justin Melia, aged 13, Prince's Trust volunteer Craig Wright, Rajan Seni, aged nine, of Stoke Youth Club and Barrs Hill school pupil Robert Bakewell, aged 16.
Harriet Ritvo's essay on Robert Bakewell and his success in sheepbreeding in eighteenth century England considers how he controlled his rights to his genetic discoveries.
Then there was Robert Bakewell and Jethro Tull (the inventor of the seed drill - not the pop group, though ironically Ian Anderson, their lead singer, is now a farmer).