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Poultry Breeds

Stealing pigs from the stockyards in San Francisco. Learn to whistle at five. Abandon senatorial ambitions to come to New York but settle in New Hampshire by mistake on account of the high rents in both places. Invention of cotton gin. Supersedes potato whiskey on the market. A bobbin boy in the mills of Lawrence. Nailing shanks. Preadamite honors. Rose Marie. La Gioconda. Astrolabe. Novum Organum. David Harum. Cosmogony versus Cosmography. Visit General Electric Company, Synecdoche, N.Y. Advance theory of matter (whats [sic] the matter) that becomes obsession. Try to stop thinking by immersing myself in White Wyandottes. Monograph on the “Multiplication in Biela’s Comet by Scission.” “North of Boston.” Address Great Poetry Meal. Decline. Later works. Don’t seem to die.

-- Robert Frost, May 24, 1916

List of accomplishments from a mock autobiography titled 'Anybody Want to Hear R. Frost On Anything?' (Quoted in Sheehy, D. G., Richardson, M., & Faggen, R. (eds.) The Letters of Robert Frost: Volume 1, 1886 - 1921 (2014), page 454, emphasis added

The goal of successful poultry breeding has shifted through time. The first chickens were bred for their ability to perform activities that had little to do with food production. Current breeding research focuses on efforts to develop more disease-resistance and better animal health and welfare. This exhibit contains a selection of materials on current and historical methods of describing and developing breeds of poultry designed to fulfill different functions. The final sections include articles describing current USDA research on various aspects of poultry breeds and links to the research units working in this area of poultry science.

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