How to raise haggis

haggis.jpgHaggis, which is native to Scotland, can be bred and raised on a farm, if an article in the January 2007 issue of The Veterinary Record is correct. Investigator Pat Grant alerts us to the published study by haggis specialists at the University of Glasgow Veterinary School:

“Applications of Ultrasonography in the Reproductive Management of Dux magnus gentis venteris saginati,” A.M. King, L. Cromarty, C. Paterson, and J.S. Boyd, Veterinary Record, vol., no. 160, January 2007, pp. 94-6. The authors explain, more or less, that:

Dux magnus gentis venteris saginati is considered to be a Scottish delicacy; however, depleting wild stocks have resulted in attempts to farm them. Selective breeding has been successful in modifying behaviour, increasing body length, reducing hair coat and improving fank (litter) size. However, there are still significant problems associated with the terrain in which they are farmed. This article describes the use of ultrasonography in the reproductive management of this species and the introduction of new genetic material in an attempt to address these problems, with the aim of improving welfare and productivity.