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PEDIGREE, descents. A succession of degrees from the origin; it is the state of the family as far as regards the relationship of the different members, their births, marriages and deaths; this term is applied to persons or families, who trace their origin or descent.
     2. On account of the difficulty of proving in the ordinary manner by living witnesses, facts which occurred in remote times, hearsay evidence (q.v.) has been admitted to prove a pedigree. 1 Phil. Ev. 186; 1 Stark. Ev. 55; 10 Serg. & Rawle, 383; 2 Supp. to Ves. jr. 110; 8 Com. Dig. 583 1 Pet. 337; 6 Pet., 81; 13 Pet. 209 1 Wheat. 6; 3 Wash. C. C. R. 243; 4 Wash.C.C.R.186; 3Bouv.Inst.n. 3067. Vide Descent; Line.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The pedigree fixture, which will be judged by Liam Muir from Upper Onston, Orkney, has an entry of 53 bulls and three females.
From February 28, a catalogued sale of commercial and pedigree dairy cattle will be held at Beeston once a month on Thursdays.
KARACHI -- Three horses including two pedigrees, looks set to make their debut in the winter Gymkhana race meeting when it takes place at the Karachi Racecourse on Saturday.
Ten pedigree breeds will go under the hammer over the course of the event, starting with pedigree Aberdeen-Angus, Beef Shorthorn, Hereford, Limousin, Lincoln Red, Luing and British Blue breeds in week one while week two features pedigree Charolais, Salers and Simmentals.
During the period, over 35,000 heads of pedigree cattle were imported and leased on preferential terms, and 795,000 tons of fertilizers and 300,000 liters of pesticides were sold with discounts.
The new Pedigree Assurance Program provides DNA profiling and parentage confirmation for over 30,000 dogs per year.The innovative program also provides independent DNA collection agents, positive identification of each dog via their microchip as well as DNA sample integrity and chain of custody security.
Announcing this year's winner, Glyn Lucas, of Harrison & Hetherington, said: "The Wilson family are an integral part of the UK pedigree industry, whether showing Holstein or Jersey cattle, and Jimmy has been an inspiration to many a young passionate dairyman over the years.
Low equivalent generation obtained for the Adani dairy goat indicates low pedigree depth in the studied breed and the need for using molecular based methods to overcome the problem of pedigree incompleteness in this breed.
"Currently there is strong confidence in the pedigree and commercial sectors of the cattle industry and this sale will, as always, provide a very good spring benchmark as it is aimed at both commercial and pedigree breeders."
Leyla Rutter, chief executive at the shelter, said: "We would like to say thank you so much to everyone in the Pedigree and Whiskas Feeding Brighter Futures team for the incredible gift of PS10,000 to help us give our long-term dog kennels a much needed overhaul.
I've factored each player's age, the price Boro paid for them, their Premier League pedigree, how long they've got remaining on their current deals and the market value for someone occupying their position.