In a broader sense, heritage animals are those that might be found on your great-grandparents' farms. The word "heritage" refers to pure breeds of livestock and poultry having significant historical origins in the United States. Purebred animals are preferred because they are more resistant to disease and have desirable traits necessary for survival in today's market.
Because heritage animals are in danger of becoming extinct, there is much interest in preserving them. Farmers want to continue raising these important animals for food but also for entertainment and competition. Many farmers who breed heritage animals do so as a hobby because it can be expensive to maintain certain breeds. However, some farmers make money by selling their breeding stock.
There are three main types of heritage animals: dairy cows, beef cattle, and sheep or goats. Each type has its own characteristics that make them suitable for different types of farms. For example, dairying cows need to be gentle with people and animals and produce large amounts of milk per day. Dairy herds should also include some bulls to promote herd growth. By contrast, beef cattle can be aggressive and require more exercise than dairy cows. They are best suited to farms that allow them free range over large areas during part of the year. Sheep and goats can be good sources of income if you have enough land to support them. These animals can also provide wool, milk, meat, and traction when needed.
"Heritage is a person's distinct, inherited sense of familial identity; it is made up of the values, customs, culture, and artifacts passed down through generations." Heritage may manifest itself in a variety of ways. Some families describe their ancestry largely through the lens of their ethnic, cultural, or national identity. Others see themselves as part of a larger community and identify their heritage primarily through their participation in that society.
In terms of psychology, heritage is defined as "those qualities acquired by an individual that make him or her unique." It is also called "heritable traits" or "inborn characteristics". Psychology has studied inheritance for over a hundred years, so these definitions should not be new to readers.
Psychologists study heredity by looking at how genes are passed on from generation to generation. They do this by studying individuals who have one or more common genetic markers (called alleles). These people are called "probands" or "index cases". Their children sometimes have similar problems or exhibit other traits not seen in the parent. This can happen because they receive two of the same allele, or one of each allele. In many cases, psychologists cannot tell which gene is responsible for a particular trait without further research. But with enough data, they can make general predictions about what role each gene plays in producing a specific behavior.
So heritage is a set of traits that define one's identity.
All cultural traits and resources generated, conserved, and promoted by our forefathers and passed down to future generations are referred to as "legacy." The government has also appointed officials called "presidents" who help manage and protect heritage sites. These presidents work with other people to decide what should be done with each site.
There are eight classifications in which to group legacy items. They are as follows: national monuments (including UNESCO World Heritage Sites); provincial or state parks; municipal parks; zoos and aquaria; cultural institutions; historic districts or areas; and natural heritage sites.
Some examples of natural heritage sites include beaches, caves, mountains, canyons, deserts, islands, forests, prairies, and wet lands. Some examples of cultural heritage sites include archaeological sites, museums, libraries, and observatories. Finally, some examples of historical districts or areas include Old Montreal, Quebec City, and the Upper Midwest.
These categories are not hard and fast rules, and items may be placed in more than one category. For example, a monument that is also a cultural institution would be listed under both national monuments and cultural institutions. Similarly, an area that is also a natural heritage site would be listed under both natural heritage sites and cultural heritage sites.