Heritage breed education can have a profound impact on young people, often shaping their life-long appreciation for conservation. Alexandria Brown-Haglund of Sweet Rose Acres is a great example of a heritage breeder whose passion for American Chinchilla rabbits started as a student. “In high school, someone had an American Chinchilla rabbit for sale at ... Read more
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The Livestock Conservancy invites you to celebrate International Heritage Breeds Week Sunday, May 21 through Saturday, May 27. During the ninth annual celebration, the Conservancy is sharing the critically important message that rare breeds of livestock and poultry are an important part of the climate solutions needed for a changing planet. Biodiversity matters. ... Read more
Involving younger generations in heritage breed conservation is crucial to our mission of protecting endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction. As we celebrate Rabbit Month and recognize the sixteen rabbit breeds on the Conservation Priority List, we want to highlight how young people can get involved with these heritage breeds. Whether by joining ... Read more
By Eric and Callene Rapp, Rare Hare Barn Eric and Callene Rapp, members of The Livestock Conservancy, focus on the conservation of heritage breed rabbits at Rare Hare Barn. They are the authors of Raising Rabbits for Meat, a how-to guide to help you succeed in starting and running a home rabbitry for a ... Read more
Sandra Guidi on Black Rock Ranch, photo by Paige Green Sandra and Rob Guidi planned to enjoy retirement in a small California beach home. They ended up as Santa Cruz Island shepherds battling the effects of climate change. Santa Cruz Island sheep grazing at Black Rock Ranch, photo by Koa Kalish ... Read more
By Heather Loomis As farmers, we often focus our outreach efforts on how we farm. The reality is, most consumers do not understand or care about these topics. What should we be sharing with them? Our stories! Storytelling is one of the greatest ways to gather interest from the general public. You can then ... Read more
The Livestock Conservancy has published a new edition of Advanced Reproductive Technologies for Equine Breed Conservation. Veterinary health providers and owners of endangered horse and donkey breeds can use this manual to become familiar with the numerous options available for saving important genetics. The authors provide detailed instructions for collecting, storing, and using sperm, ... Read more
By Lisa Deurer, LD13 Farm to Fashion LD13, a fashion label based in the U.S. and Germany, created a high-end heritage breed textile, the first of its kind, from Romeldale wool. The brand used the textile to create a coat and jacket for their Wardrobe Harvest collection. In addition, they built an entirely transparent ... Read more
By Michael O'Donoghue, Upland Farms My wife and two children moved to North Carolina a little over four years ago and have been homesteading on 23+ acres near Kerr Lake. We’ve had history and experience breeding high quality bird dogs (Vizslas) but never any other of what you might call farm animals. We ... Read more