Pine View Farm is located in Putnam County and is home to more than 10 different breed of rare Early American animals.
Randall Lineback Cattle are a rare breed of cow defined by the distinctive lineback color pattern. Randall cattle are purebred cattle developed in Sunderland, Vermont, on the farm of the late Everett Randall. They are considered to be a landrace breed, descended from the indigenous landrace cattle common in New England in the nineteenth century. Randalls have historically been used as a dairy breed, although they also possess meat and draft qualities. Randalls are listed “critically rare” by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. This spring (of 2006) the first two Putnam county born Randall Linebacks, Whipple’s General Putnam and Whipple’s Dorothy Daughter will be displayed at the Putnam County 4H Fair.
American Jacob Sheep originated from an old British breed. It is documented that such sheep existed in England in the 1600s, but precise details of the origins are not recorded. Some say the 4-horned gene comes from Viking animal ancestry. The name of this spotted sheep breed apparently is taken from the Biblical story about Jacob. Jacob sheep have multi-colored fleeces and are always horned. These animals are hardy with high resistance to parasites and disease. The Jacob is still considered a rare breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, which means there are fewer than 1,000 annual registrations in the United States and estimated fewer than 5,000 in the world.
Pilgrim Geese are the only breed of goose that can be sexed by color: males are all white with blue eyes; females are grey with some white on the head and have brown eyes. Beaks and feet should be orange, not pinkish. Day-old male goslings are yellow or silvery with light bills and the females are greenish grey with dark beaks. An exact classification of the Pilgrim is difficult. Finally, the Pilgrim may well be the next breed of goose to be industrialized, so there is good reason to act now and conserve the population that we have.
Indian Runner Ducks are a very special breed of domestic duck. When they were first imported into Europe nearly two hundred years ago, they attracted attention because of their tall, upright bodies and their incredible reputation for egg-laying. They had been found in the East Indies, from which they get their present name, but were referred to a “Penguin Ducks” by Dutch explorers and some of the early importers. Yet it was their utility value as egg layers that brought them and their fame to England, where they were exhibited in Dumfries in 1876 and Kendal in 1896.
Narragansett Turkey descends from a cross between native Easter Wild turkeys and domestic turkeys brought by English and European colonists. Improved and standardized for production qualities, the Narragansett turkey was the foundation of the turkey industry in New England. Our turkeys are appropriately named for Commodore and Mrs. Abraham Whipple of the Battle of Narragansett Bay in which Commodore Whipple, the hero of Narragansett Bay, sunk the first British ship of the American Revolution. He is most famous for responding to the wanted poster issued by Captain James Wallace who campaigned, “You Abraham Whipple on the 10th of June 1772 burned his majesty’s vessel the Gaspee and I will hang you at the yard arm!” To which Whipple responded, “Sir, always catch a man before you hang him.”
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