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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.

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This herd was restocked after the devastation of foot-and-mouth in 2001, with functionally correct commercial cattle, some of which came from pedigree herds.
TB breakdowns can paralyse the management of commercial, development, and pedigree herds.
To receive the financial support, pedigree herds need to adhere to the terms of a CHeCS licenced scheme and have an approved animal health scheme in place through either the Biobest Herdcare Scheme, SAC Premium Cattle Health Scheme or the HI Health Scheme.
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The breed is always popular in pedigree herds, and has experienced an upsurge in interest owing to large scale North American commercial farmers using Brown Swiss bloodlines as part of cross-breeding programmes.