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17 March 2010
2/2010
Commemorative Issue

Farm Animals

Cyprus
The pig (swine)  

The pig (swine)

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It has been raised by man since ancient times, exclusively for its tasty meat. It is an omnivorous and very prolific animal. It has a large head ending in a long snout with which it digs into the soil to find roots to eat. It has big ears, small eyes and a long cylindrical body with short legs. All its body is covered with a layer of grease which protects it from the cold but makes it suffer from the heat, therefore it likes to roll about in muddy water to cool itself. Until the recent past, in every house in Cyprus, the pig was raised as a domestic animal for the nutritional needs of the Cypriot rural family.

Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos, Nicosia
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Services, Cyprus Post

The sheep  

The sheep

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The sheep and the goat are both among the first animals domesticated by primitive man in order to get milk, meat and wool. Together with the domestication of these animals started their systematic breeding, namely their collective grazing which caused extensive deforestation in ancient times. These herbivorous mammals belong to the family of hollow-horned ruminants, namely having horns with a shealth growing upon a bony core of their head. There is a large number of different breeds, both of sheep and goats, as a result mainly of their climatic living conditions. Mammals, to which sheep and goats belong, breed once a year and give birth to one or two young.

Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos, Nicosia
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Services, Cyprus Post

The goat  

The goat

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The sheep and the goat are both among the first animals domesticated by primitive man in order to get milk, meat and wool. Together with the domestication of these animals started their systematic breeding, namely their collective grazing which caused extensive deforestation in ancient times. These herbivorous mammals belong to the family of hollow-horned ruminants, namely having horns with a shealth growing upon a bony core of their head. There is a large number of different breeds, both of sheep and goats, as a result mainly of their climatic living conditions. Mammals, to which sheep and goats belong, breed once a year and give birth to one or two young.

Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos, Nicosia
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Services, Cyprus Post

The cow  

The cow

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It is a herbivorous animal having, like all ruminants, a stomach with four compartments, and therefore its digestive system is quite complex. It is characterized by a large body, a short strong neck, two short horns, a muzzle which is always wet, a thick hairy tail and a big udder divided into four quarters and four teats.

Since the most ancient times, man has domesticated and used the cow and cattle in general for their milk, meat and skin. Furthermore, the great muscular strength of these animals proved to be a precious help. Very early, with the development of agriculture, man yoked the cow and cattle in general to pull the plough and later, with the invention of vehicles, for their traction. There are many varieties of cows, according to the nature of the soil and the climate where they live.

Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos, Nicosia
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Services, Cyprus Post

The rabbit  

The rabbit

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It is a domestic rodent mammal, raised since a long time for its meat and "fur". There are many different races of rabbits. Their most efficient system of survival is their fertility, since the female has several litters a year and thus they multiply very fast. As a domestic animal, it lives in cages or in confined spaces. It seems that the ancient Greeks did not know the rabbit, unlike the Roman writers who refer to the wild rabbit.

Text: Paschalis Eliopoulos, Nicosia
Source: Stamps and Philatelic Services, Cyprus Post

Cancellation Stamps

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Farm Animals

Technical Information

Design-Artwork: Theodoros Kakoullis, Nicosia
Printing: Litho-Offset on unwatermarked paper
Printer: Giesecke & Devrient Matsoukis S.A., Greece
Period of sale: 1 year or until sold-out
Size of Stamps: 30mm x 38mm
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