What are Heritage Breeds?


Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by our forefathers. These are the breeds of a bygone era, before industrial agriculture became a mainstream practice. These breeds were carefully selected and bred over time to develop traits that made them well-adapted to the local environment and they thrived under farming practices and ... Read more

What are Heritage Breeds?2023-06-15T15:49:59+00:00

Heritage Breed Youth Education


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

Heritage Breed Youth Education2023-06-15T15:37:31+00:00

International Heritage Breeds Week – May 21-27, 2023


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

International Heritage Breeds Week – May 21-27, 20232024-01-01T22:03:25+00:00

Raising Rare Rabbits: How Youth Can Contribute to Conservation


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

Raising Rare Rabbits: How Youth Can Contribute to Conservation2023-04-28T14:57:10+00:00

Raising Rabbits for Meat


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

Raising Rabbits for Meat2023-04-11T18:31:49+00:00

The Long Way Up The Mountain: Santa Cruz Island Sheep and Fire Mitigation


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

The Long Way Up The Mountain: Santa Cruz Island Sheep and Fire Mitigation2023-07-06T11:24:47+00:00

Market Your Farm with Storytelling


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

Market Your Farm with Storytelling2023-03-10T19:02:32+00:00

*New* Release: Advanced Reproductive Technologies for Equine Breed Conservation


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

*New* Release: Advanced Reproductive Technologies for Equine Breed Conservation2023-03-02T20:26:08+00:00

Farm to Fashion: Heritage Breeds & Sustainable Fashion


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

Farm to Fashion: Heritage Breeds & Sustainable Fashion2023-02-17T14:43:28+00:00

2022 Microgrants Awarded


The Livestock Conservancy is excited to award more than $20,000 to rare breed farmers, ranchers, shepherds, and breed organizations across the country. Now in its fifth year, the competitive Microgrants Program has awarded more than $76,000 to our most important conservation partners – the people doing the hard work day after day to ... Read more

2022 Microgrants Awarded2023-04-24T14:32:33+00:00
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