Breed Organization Accreditation Program

Types of Organizations Eligible for Accreditation

  • Breed Associations: a group of individuals who have organized to breed, protect and promote a species or breed.
  • Breed Clubs: a group of individuals, who have organized to breed, protect and promote a species or breed of rabbits, poultry or canines.

Accreditation Designations

  • Livestock Conservancy Accredited Breed Club
  • Livestock Conservancy Accredited Breed Association – Bronze
  • Livestock Conservancy Accredited Breed Association – Silver
  • Livestock Conservancy Accredited Breed Association – Gold

Prerequisites to Apply for Accreditation

  • 3-year breed organizational history based on date of constitution, charter, or articles of incorporation.
  • Clubs must have met their state’s requirements for operating as a business. Sole Proprietors or Partnerships within the same family or household are not eligible.
  • Associations must be incorporated. Sole Proprietors or Partnerships are not eligible.
  • Breed organization has appointed, agrees to maintain, a board or committee member as a liaison to The Livestock Conservancy.
  • Organization liaison must sign The Livestock Conservancy’s Ethics and Commitment Statement.
  • Organizations in existence for 3 years may apply at the Club or Bronze Level.
  • Organizations in existence for 5 or more years may apply at the Club, Bronze, or Silver Level.
  • Organizations in existence for 7 or more years may apply at Club, Bronze, Silver, or Gold Level.
  • Organizations must have no ethical or financial conflicts, legal or otherwise, between the organization and its members or between the organization and their service providers, as known and evidenced to The Livestock Conservancy.

Accreditation Criteria

  • Club Level
  • Bronze Level (Downloadable PDF Checklist)
  • Silver Level
  • Gold Level

Application/Renewal Fees

  • $395 Breed Association first application and each 3-year renewal cycle
  • $195 Breed Club first application and each 3-year renewal cycle

Application Process

Applications are open year round.

  1. Breed organization designates a board or committee member as a Livestock Conservancy Liaison.
  2. The Livestock Conservancy Liaison establishes intent to apply for accreditation by paying application fee through The Livestock Conservancy website.
  3. The Livestock Conservancy Liaison will receive an email confirmation of payment.
  4. The Livestock Conservancy Liaison will recieve a second email within a week of payment with a link to begin the application on AwardForce.
  5. The Livestock Conservancy Liaison submits the application, eligibility criteria and Core Review Documents online through AwardForce.
  6. The Livestock Conservancy Liaison will receive an email confirmation from AwardForce when the completed application has been successfully submitted.
  7. AwardForce will notify The Livestock Conservancy staff of receipt of the completed application and the review period will begin.

Review Process

  1. Applications will be reviewed by The Livestock Conservancy staff until which time a Peer Review Committee of board member liaisons of accredited breed organizations can be formed. The Livestock Conservancy will establish a Peer Review Committee consisting of Livestock Conservancy staff and 4 or more liaisons from accredited breed organizations with a three-year accreditation history and without any probationary periods/revocations. Accreditation applications will be reviewed by Peer Review Committee members of organizations with an equal or higher level of accreditation.
  2. All application data and documents will be held in the strictest confidentiality by Livestock Conservancy staff and the Peer Review Committee.
  3. Livestock Conservancy staff, along with the Peer Review Committee, will review the application and Core Review Documents to determine if the eligibility requirements and accreditation level criteria have been met.

Core Review Documents Required with application:

Club Level

    • Code of Ethics Statement
    • Mission Statement
    • Constitution or Articles of Incorporation
    • By-Laws

Bronze Level

    • Code of Ethics Statement
    • Mission Statement
    • Constitution or Articles of Incorporation
    • By-Laws
    • Standard Operating Procedures
    • Policies

Silver Level

    • Bronze level documents
    • Strategic Plan

Gold Level

    • Bronze and Gold level documents
    • Strategic Plan

The Livestock Conservancy reserves the right, during application review to request further evidence to verify qualification of the accreditation requirements.

  1. Livestock Conservancy staff will alert The Livestock Conservancy Liaison of the application status and any necessary next steps.
  2. In the event a breed organization applies, but does not qualify, The Livestock Conservancy will provide a 14-business day period to submit any required documentation/criteria. If this grace period is exceeded and the breed organization does not meet the requirements for the level for which they apply they will be accredited at the highest level for which they qualify. If the breed organization does not qualify at any level, they will be denied accreditation without refund and may reapply after a three-month waiting period.

Accreditation Renewal

Breed organizations will be accredited for three years. To be considered for renewal, the organization must show continued growth in membership, registrations (if applies) and outreach. The growth of the organization can be presented to The Livestock Conservancy in annual member and registration numbers, or through the organization’s Annual Member Report, along with an outline of the organization’s activities in promoting growth and education during the time period for which the organization was accredited.

Probation/Revocation of Accreditation

If information questioning the adherence to the accreditation criteria is brought to our attention, The Livestock Conservancy reserves the right to request documentation or other evidence to confirm adherence to the accreditation requirements.

Circumstances in which The Livestock Conservancy would place an accredited Breed Organization on probation or revoke an accreditation may include:

  1. One criteria violation – breed organization will be placed on probation for the remainder of the accreditation cycle. Organization must reestablish criteria in order to renew their accreditation status at the same level. In the event that an organization determines that they are approaching a criteria violation, and notifies The Livestock Conservancy in advance, The Livestock Conservancy will work with the organization to help reestablish criteria (if possible) and maintain accreditation status.
  2. Two criteria violations – breed accreditation is revoked. Breed Organization must reestablish and provide evidence of maintaining criteria for three years before becoming eligible to reapply for accreditation at the same level. If an organization determines that they are approaching two criteria violations, and notifies The Livestock Conservancy in advance, The Livestock Conservancy will work with the organization to help reestablish criteria (if possible) and maintain accreditation status on a probationary level. Organization will remain on probation for the remainder of their accreditation cycle and may only renew at the same level.
  3. Evidence of unethical or illegal wrongdoing on the part of any board member while representing the breed organization that the Board or officers fails to resolve – will result in revocation of accreditation. The breed organization must provide evidence of the actions taken to correct the situation before submitting a new application for accreditation at their former accreditation level.

Livestock Conservancy Awarded Benefits to Accredited Breed Organizations

  • Livestock Conservancy Certificate of Accreditation (paper & electronic)
  • Livestock Conservancy Accreditation Seal (electronic) for marketing use
  • Livestock Conservancy Annual Basic Membership for The Livestock Conservancy Liaison or board member
  • Livestock Conservancy social media announcement of accreditation
  • Livestock Conservancy eNews and print Newsletter announcement of accreditation
  • Livestock Conservancy Breeders’ Directories (print and online) acknowledgement of accreditation
  • Livestock Conservancy Annual Report Accredited Organizations List
  • Livestock Conservancy email promo announcement shared with organization for marketing to members
  • Livestock Conservancy promotional paragraph to announce accreditation on association or club websites and social media
  • Livestock Conservancy logo use in marketing materials while accredited

Questions? Need more information? Please email info@livestockconservancy.org.