People save animals. Since its earliest days, The Livestock Conservancy has established, maintained, and supported breed registries, clubs, and associations. People are our most important partners. By bringing together people focused on individual livestock breeds and creating community, we continue to prevent the extinction of endangered livestock and poultry breeds. But for every breed association helped to establish or strengthen, another declines in effectiveness or organizational health.

Nearly all breed organizations for rare and endangered livestock are volunteer-led and can seldom offer leadership or management training to their volunteers. The fine details of leadership and working together can become complicated and emotional, which can splinter groups rather than unite them. As the sole umbrella organization for rare and endangered livestock and poultry breeds and breeders in the United States, The Livestock Conservancy serves as a neutral resource for breed organizations and breeders to consult in times of trouble. The Livestock Conservancy’s advocacy and outreach enables associations, clubs, and registries to focus on effective inclusion of breeders and to develop sound procedures for the long-term genetic management of their breed.

Continuing our dedication to breed organizations, The Livestock Conservancy is excited to announce our Cultivating Leadership Initiative. This program will help breed associations, clubs, and registries establish and achieve high standards of operation for longevity and continued success. Thriving organizations save more livestock and poultry. Components of the Cultivating Leadership Initiative include a Breed Organization Accreditation Program, Breed Organization Training, and Pedigree Registration Services. These programs are available to breed cubs, associations, and registries as optional services. Organizations may adopt whichever building blocks are most needed to address their own situation.

Breed Organization Training

Breed association officers and registrars have few resources for training and continuing education. Beginning August 18, The Livestock Conservancy will offer a series of online workshops addressing best practices to help organizations identify gaps and improve their organizational management.

This training series aligns with the best practices required for accreditation, so it will be especially beneficial to officers and leaders of breed associations and clubs. The training is divided into 9 modules, with the live online training held from 6:30-7:30 pm Eastern Time on the third Thursday of each month. Organizations or individuals may register for a single module or for the entire series. The cost is $35 per module or $280 for the series per organization. Training is open to all members of an organization. Following initial participant registration, a discount code is available for additional participants. Please email for the discount code. Module fees may be applied to an organization’s accreditation application. 

  • FREE Session: Breed Organization Accreditation Program Overview and Cultivation Leadership Breed Organization Training Q&A, August 18, 2022
  • Module 1 – Establishing and Managing Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, September 15, 2022
  • Module 2 – Managing Membership, October 20, 2022
  • Module 3 – Board Roles and Responsibilities, November 17, 2022
  • Module 4 – Building and Maintaining an Effective Board, December 15, 2022
  • Module 5 – Ensuring Accountability and Transparency, January 19, 2023
  • Module 6 – Managing External Communications, February 16, 2023
  • Module 7 – Managing Internal Communications, March 16, 2023
  • Module 8 – Managing Risk, April 20, 2023
  • Module 9 – Managing a Herdbook and Registry, May 25, 2023

Register for Upcoming Breed Organization Training

Questions? Need more information? Please email

Breed Organization Accreditation Program

A set of best practices for organizational management was gleaned from business, non-profits, and high-functioning breed associations for use by any group hoping to grow and improve. Organizations who invest in the best practices that make up the accreditation standards will realize the benefits in better communications within their organization, including greater trust, clear and efficient management practices, and the ability to facilitate its mission and attract more breeders.

While many of these best practices are already documented in Managing Breeds for a Secure Future (Third Ed., 5M Publishing, 2022), the accreditation process offers checkpoints for higher levels of organizational management, resources to help get there, and public affirmation of these accomplishments. Although accreditation of breed associations will be voluntary, The Livestock Conservancy developed incentives to encourage the time investment needed to complete and enjoy the benefits of improved professionalism. We hope that all breed associations will use these standards to implement continuous improvement plans, with on-going support from The Livestock Conservancy.

Applications will open in September and will be accepted on a year-round basis.

Questions? Need more information? Please email

Thinking about the accreditation program, but have a few questions or need clarification before you begin? Join an upcoming info session!

FREE Info Session: Breed Organization Accreditation Program Overview and Cultivation Leadership Breed Organization Training Q&A on August 18, 2022. Register for this session today

Pedigree Registration Services

A major responsibility of a breed association is registration of animals within the breed. As a neutral third party, we hope to remove one burden or source of controversy for some breed associations. Registries maintain pedigree information on all animals and have records for the breed as a whole. By contrast, non-registered, undocumented animals are lost both to a breed’s history and to its genetic future. Without registration, The Livestock Conservancy and breed organizations would lose track of the genetic resources inherent in those purebred animals. This information is essential to preventing extinction.

Within most rare breed organizations, the vital service of documenting and tracking purebred animals within the breed relies on volunteers. Registration activities can fall short when well-meaning registrars are unable to fulfill their duties or simply fall behind. A reliable pedigree registration service, at an affordable cost to breeders of rare and endangered livestock, will help secure rare genetics, increase accessibility of information for breeding decisions, improve the financial value of individual registered animals, and safeguard historical records for years to come.

The Livestock Conservancy serves as a private and secure back-up for breed associations managing their own registries and other breed data but who need a secure place to keep a copy of their information. Currently, The Livestock Conservancy performs registration services for seven breeds. A few are breeds with no existing association, while others transitioned their registries earlier this year. Two more registries are in the pipeline and we can add one more by the end of 2022.

To inquire about this confidential pedigree registration services for your organization, please email Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. A waiting period applies.

Stronger Together

Together, we are stronger. By educating and training organizations on the front lines of saving rare and endangered livestock, we can harness the power of strong, effective breed associations. The advantages of critical conservation work will be significantly multiplied beyond that which we could accomplish working alone.

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