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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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Following an initial inquiry to the company, visitors from the Czech Republic - an AI company representative, a manager of a 2,000-head beef feedlot, a commercial beef producer and a Limousin pedigree breeder - toured over six UK farms and pedigree herds last August.
The majority of the cattle Welsh Blacks and the Ysgyboriau herd is one of the oldest pedigree herds in Wales having been first registered in 1904.
There were a number of new names to the Limousin breed in the buyer's list as well as those who have recently established their own pedigree herds, bidding alongside breeders of long standing for the cattle bred by Graham Simms and his son Nigel, of Hulse Farm, Lach Dennis, Northwich, Cheshire.
The Global Classic sale was one of the big attractions during last week's UK Dairy Expo week, and Paragon Pedigree Herds from Hexham earned the night's highest bid of 4,500gns for Redsky Fidelity Cherry Red.
The work of art was made by sculptor Chris Kelly, who visited farms to study pedigree herds of Welsh Mountain sheep and Welsh collies to try and ``capture the essence of the animals' characters and features''.