2019-2020 Annual Report

2019-2020 Annual Report for... by The Livestock Conservancy




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Endangered Equine Alliance

For over 40 years The Livestock Conservancy has worked to protect endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction. Although all rare breeds face challenges, it has become apparent that the recent market downturn has particularly impacted our equine breeds. Many horse and donkey breeds face the threat of extinction more so today than at any other time in history. Thanks to the grant from the USA Equestrian Trust, the effort to stabilize equine breed decline and secure the remaining diversity began in 2017. Read More...

Conserving Equine Diversity: Time for Action (pdf)


Endangered Equine Alliance Partners

Breed Associations & Registries

Akhal-Teke Association of America  

Dartmoor Pony Society of America

American Brabant Association   Davenport Arabian Horse Conservancy
American Cream Draft Horse Association   Exmoor Pony Society
American Donkey and Mule Society   Fell Pony Society of North America
American Hackney Horse Society   Florida Cracker Horse Association
American Heritage Horse Association   Foundation for Shackleford Horses
American Indian Horse Registry   Galiceno Horse Registry
American Mammoth Jackstock Association and Registry   Gotlandruss Pony Preservation Society
American Shire Horse Association   Horse of the Americas
American Suffolk Horse Association   International Cleveland Bay Registry LLC
American Sulphur Horse Association   Irish Draught Horse Society of North America
Arabian Horse Association   Lipizzan Association of North America
Australian Suffolk Punch Registry   Lipizzan Rescue Foundation
Baca Spanish Horse Association   Mountain Pleasure Horse Association
Baca Chica Conservancy   National Miniature Donkey Association
Belgian Draft Horse Corp. of America   Newfoundland Pony Society
Canadian Horse Breeders Association   Nokota Horse Conservancy, Inc.
Carolina Marsh Tacky Association   Rocky Mountain Horse Association
Caspian Horse Society of the Americas   Santa Cruz Horses
Caspian Registry Services   Southwest Spanish Mustang Association
Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America   Spanish Barb Horse Association
Clydesdale Breeders of the U.S.A.   Spanish Mustang Registry
Cornerstone Morgan Horse, Inc.   Swedish Gotland Breeders Society /
Gotland Registry Services
Corolla Wild Horse Fund   The American Saddlebred Horse Association Equine Welfare Advocacy Committee
Dales Pony Society of America, Inc.   The Lippitt Club
Dales Pony Association of North America   The North American Budenny Horse Registry
Dartmoor Pony Registry of America   United States Lipizzan Federation

Universities and Technical Service

Brooks Equine Genetics Laboratory Texas A&M University
Mississippi State University ViaGen
Select Breeder Services Virginia Tech
Stallion AI Services University of Florida


American Driving Society International Jousting League
American Endurance Ride Conference National Animal Interest Alliance
American Horse Council Natural Lifemanship
Carolina Marsh Tacky Outdoors Sport of TREC
Colonial Williamsburg Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Heritage Livestock Canada United States Dressage Federation

Efforts were made to include all partners of the Alliance in this list. If your organization is a partner and was inadvertently left off, contact us to have it added.

Conservation Successes

Since its founding, The Livestock Conservancy has never lost a breed ranked on its Conservation Priority List to extinction!

Discover, Secure, Sustain: Real-Life Success Stories

The Livestock Conservancy's conservation actions are shaped by the “Discover, Secure, Sustain” paradigm. Below are some of the success stories from the Conservancy's archives. These examples illustrate the application of “Discover, Secure, Sustain” in projects and actions.

Secure & Sustain: staff member Jeannette Beranger and former staffer Don Schrider developed a master breeder program for Buckeye chickens that has set the gold standard for expansion and selection of rare chicken breeds.

Secure & Sustain: In 1997 the Conservancy took a census of Heritage Turkeys. There were only 1,335 breeding birds in the whole United States. Between 1997 and 2002, the organization began to get the word out. A specialty newsletter was started and a project with Virginia Tech was initiated to compare the immune systems of Heritage Turkeys and industrial strains. With the help of marketing and education, by 2003, the breeding population had more than doubled, numbering 4,275. The Livestock Conservancy initiated an educational program on how to care for Heritage Turkeys, and how to select quality breeding stock. By 2007, the population exceeded 10,000 breeder birds.

Discover & Secure: One of the Conservancy's first rescues occurred in December 1987, when it learned that a unique population of feral sheep on Santa Cruz Island (off the coast of southern California) faced imminent eradication. Thanks largely to Phil Hedrick, Marion Stanley, and Dirk Van Vuren; a viable population was brought off the island.

Sustain: The Livestock Conservancy has defined the term Heritage for chickens, turkeys, cattle, and swine, helping to set standards for product marketing and helping to generate a niche market for these breeds.

Discover & Secure: The Marsh Tacky project was the culmination of a successful 4 year project to describe, document, and conserve an endangered horse breed previously thought to be extinct. The breed is from the lowlands of South Carolina and is of Spanish descent.

Secure: Former Executive Director Don Bixby initiated a gene bank to store genetic material in case of a crisis and to give breeders access to stored semen.

Secure & Sustain: During the 1980s, hog prices plummeted and many breeders sent their herds to market. In 1999, there were only 42 Red Wattle hogs and 4 breeders. In 2000, The Livestock Conservancy was asked to re-initiate a registry for the Red Wattle hog breeders. Only 3 hogs were registered the first year. The Conservancy helped facilitate communication between breeders. By June 2001, the population had increased to 90 and added 3 breeders and an association had been formed. In 2012 300 Red Wattle hogs were registered and the Red Wattle Hog Association have taken over the management of the registry. Red Wattle hogs were moved from Critical to Threatened on the 2014 Conservation Priority List.

Breeds Recently Graduated from our Conservation Priority List

Current Projects

The Livestock Conservancy works on a variety of projects to support its mission of genetic conservation of heritage breeds. Here is a snapshot of a few of our current projects!

Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Challenge

Wool sold to the wool pool in the Northeast in 2016 brought between $0.60 - $0.85/ lb. During the same period, raw wool sold directly to consumers through specialty markets, such as Etsy, sold for remarkably higher prices, from $8 - $40 per pound. Interest in fiber arts is high, and this represents a valuable market opportunity for heritage breed wool.

Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em is a challenge campaign for the promotion of rare breed wools to engage both producers and consumers. Educational blogs, videos, and tip sheets will help breeders to build their capacity in order to develop and meet a demand for heritage breed fibers. Milestones, prizes, and an online community will encourage fiber artists to use fiber from sheep breeds on the Conservation Priority List.

Sheep breeders will benefit as they improve their wool quality and marketing practices, leading to greater farm revenues.  Fiber artists will benefit from more information about the form and function of many diverse wool types, and connections to local sources, expanding the palette of fibers from which to work.  Endangered sheep breeds will benefit from increased use of their products and awareness of consumers.

American Milking Devon: Strong genetics for a strong breed
(grant supported)

The American Milking Devon is an iconic American breed, a breed that helped build colonial America. Devon cattle crossed the Atlantic with colonists from England in the 1600s. Here they served as oxen to clear trees and stones from farms, provided milk for the first children born in the new land, and were served as beef at home and in taverns for early travelers.

Working together, The Livestock Conservancy and the American Milking Devon Cattle Association are undertaking detailed genetic analysis of the herdbook and DNA to fully evaluate the status and breed structure of Milking Devon cattle for better conservation management. Cryopreservation is another priority that will conserve genetic bloodlines and help breeders far away from each other to exchange genetics. Northeastern farms raising Milking Devons will be recruited to measure production traits. Surveys will be conducted to document feeding and management practices that impact these traits. Milk samples will be evaluated for fatty acid nutritional profile. Continued selection of cattle for milk, beef and draft attributes will help maintain a genetically resilient breed.

Classroom Heritage Chicken Hatching Project

The Livestock Conservancy was approached in 2013 by Ginger Cunningham of our local Cooperative Extension office to help with an embryology program was conducted by a 4-H School Enrichment Project. Previously the program acquired eggs from a local commercial hatchery but our good friends at Extension believed that perhaps it would be more interesting for the students and teachers if they used Heritage breed eggs. That’s when Ginger came to the Conservancy.

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10-Year Livestock Census

The goal of this project is to complete a ten-year population census update for heritage (and commercial) livestock breeds. The Livestock Conservancy was the first organization to conduct a national census of heritage breeds; this has been an invaluable tool in sustaining a science-based focus for our conservation work. The current census will assess both endangered and non-endangered breeds to produce an overall picture of the diversity of livestock breeds in the United States. The resulting census data from this project will drive national and international conservation objectives.
Florda Cracker cattle
Master Breeder Program

This program is based on the fundamental premise that the existence and continuity of “old-time” (Master) breeders’ knowledge is critical to conservation. Master Breeders are historians who help bridge production knowledge from this generation to the next. They are a critical resource for conservation. This project includes in-the-field interviews with recognized Master Breeders, documentation and teaching of their methods, and publication of the findings.
Frank Reese Jr. teaching a Heritage turkey clinic
Saving Endangered Hog Breeds Project

The Livestock Conservancy is working with a number of partners and universities to make Heritage Pork production an economically-viable enterprise for small and mid-scale farmers, to increase endangered breed swine populations so that they are numerically and genetically secure, and to develop models for pastured, heritage swine production that can be applied nationally. This three-year project is in its first year.

Tamworth pigs

Heritage Breed Outreach Initiative

Many people do not realize that many of America’s historic breeds are threatened with extinction, and The Livestock Conservancy is leading the quest to educate the public and change perceptions and understandings of agriculture. The Heritage Breed Outreach Initiative brings The Livestock Conservancy's expertise and services to those people around the country who are eager to learn more about raising and conserving heritage breeds.
Alison Martin at Veterans Clinic
Discovery Project

According to The Livestock Conservancy's Technical Advisor, world-renowned conservationist and professor Dr. Phillip Sponenberg, the window for rediscovering “lost” breeds and strains is closing. Many breeds were parked on islands or thrived in harsh environments – and they were essentially forgotten about or only known to a few people. With the loss of old-time breeders and the continuing threat of urban sprawl, these breeds and their histories may disappear forever. The Livestock Conservancy is working with its partners to “re-discover” lost breeds and investigate rumored unique or isolated populations.
Tampica Criollo from a herd in Texas


Ongoing:  In addition to these projects, The Livestock Conservancy staff works tirelessly to support conservation in a variety of other ways: through publications, marketing materials, presentations, answering emails and phone questions, workshops, field-work, farm visits, flock evaluations, and much more – The Livestock Conservancy keeps conservation at the forefront of its mission! 

Are you interested in in helping with one of these projects or providing funding to expand a project? Please contact us!

Past Projects

With over 40 years in the conservation business, the Livestock Conservancy has done a lot of work! Here is a small glimpse of some of our past projects.

Heritage Turkey Recovery Project: In 1997 The Livestock Conservancy took a census of Heritage Turkeys and found that there were only 1,335 breeding birds in the whole United States. Between 1997 and 2002, the Conservancy began to get the word out. A specialty newsletter (“The Snood News”) was begun, and a project with Virginia Tech was initiated to compare the immune systems of Heritage Turkeys and industrial strains. Through promotion and marketing, the popularity of Heritage Turkeys grew. By 2003, the breeding population had more than doubled, numbering 4,275. The Heritage Turkey market continued to gain momentum, and more people wanted to raise the birds. As a result, the Livestock Conservancy initiated an educational program on how to care for Heritage Turkeys, and how to select quality breeding stock. By 2007, the population exceeded 10,000 breeder birds. The work is not done, but the 17 naturally mating varieties no longer teeter on the brink of extinction.

Narragansette Toms

Marsh Tacky Discovery and Documentation:  The Marsh Tacky project was the culmination of a successful 4 year project to describe, document, and conserve an endangered horse breed previously thought to be extinct. The breed is from the lowlands of South Carolina and is of Spanish descent. The project included the initial discovery of the breed, documentation of the breed, networking with breeders throughout the Southeast, and re-establishing breeding and promotional plans to support the breed. Today, the breed is growing in popularity and has become the official South Carolina State Heritage Horse.


Buckeye Recovery Project: The Livestock Conservancy developed a production and selection program for chickens which has set the gold-standard for expansion and selection of rare chicken breeds. The project included hatching chicks, working with breeders to selectively breed chicks, and continuing selection over multiple years to increase productivity traits. As a result of this project, the Buckeye gained popularity and moved from the Critical to the Threatened category on the Conservation Priority List.. Buckeye
Wilbur-Cruce Rescue: A ranch strain of Colonial Spanish horse known as the Wilbur Cruce was rescued before the land was turned to a land conservation program. Dr. Phil Sponenberg, the Livestock Conservancy technical advisor, developed a conservation plan, and placed small breeding groups with breed stewards. Wilbur-Cruce Colonial Spanish Horse
Renewing America’s Food Traditions Project: The Livestock Conservancy served as a partner on a collaborative project to document and restore many of America’s heirloom foods (seeds and breeds). From tastings, to documentation of cultural traditions with breeds, this project explored a variety of ways heritage breeds have influenced food tradition and culture.
Heritage Definitions Project:  The term Heritage has been loosely used by farmers, consumers, marketers, and the public to describe traditional or historic breeds. To better codify this term for the marketplace, the Livestock Conservancy has taken steps to define Heritage for all species. Currently, the Livestock Conservancy has defined Heritage for turkeys, chickens, and cattle. Additional Heritage definitions are being developed Ankole-Watusi Cattle

Java Chicken Recovery Project:  Through careful selection and breeding, The Livestock Conservancy is working with a pilot group of breeders to bring back the production characteristics of the Java chicken. In its first year alone, the project increased the number of Java chickens in the United States by 10%, but more quality breeding stock is needed. For the coming year, the project will be expanded and new breeders and producers will be added. The Livestock Conservancy is also working with breeders and producers to develop economic models for successfully raising and marketing heritage chicken breeds which will benefit all farmers raising heritage chickens.

Feel free to contact us to learn more about our projects, and how you might get involved!

International Heritage Breeds Week & Day

Save the Date! 16-22 May, 2021

2015 Press Release

2016 Press Release 2017 Press Release 2018 Press Release 2019 Press Release 2020 Press Release


International Heritage Breeds Week aims to raise global awareness about endangered heritage breeds of farm animals. Many of our traditional livestock and poultry breeds have been replaced with more "improved" breeds in modern animal agriculture, at the expense of a massive loss in genetic diversity. Worldwide, about one domesticated livestock breed every month is lost to extinction.


"To protect endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction."


International Heritage Breeds Week will be held during the third full week of May each year, with International Heritage Breeds Day being held the ending Saturday of that week. 

Where does International Heritage Breeds Week take place?

Everywhere! This is not an in-person event at a single location, but rather a global week of awareness. Join the fun by following #HeritageBreedsWeek on social media and learn more about rare breeds from the participating organizations.

What are Heritage Breeds?

Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised 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 local environments and they thrived under farming practices and cultural conditions that are very different from those found in modern agriculture. Traditional, historic breeds retain essential attributes for survival and self-sufficiency – fertility, foraging ability, longevity, maternal instincts, ability to mate naturally, and resistance to diseases and parasites. Other names sometimes used interchangeably with 'Heritage' include: Native, Minor, Rare, Endangered, and others.


The first annual Heritage Breeds Week was held in May, 2015 across the United States to raise awareness about endangered heritage breeds of livestock and poultry in America. A national campaign was launched by The Livestock Conservancy promoting the weeklong event and heritage breed farmers, enthusiasts, and the public were encouraged to spread the word throughout their networks. The week of awareness culminated on with National Heritage Breeds Day where many farms and ranches held local events such as farm tours, workshops, or lectures to raise awareness in their communities.

The event was so successful that The Livestock Conservancy now partners with a consortium of livestock conservation organizations from around the world to host International Heritage Breeds Week each year. 

Participating Organizations


Ways You Can Participate...


Educate and Advocate

International Heritage Breeds Week is an opportunity for livestock conservation organization members, fans, and sponsors to advocate for conservation of heritage breeds in agriculture. It's a time to share with local, state, national, and international audiences what livestock conservation is all about and the impact it has on heritage breeds and agriculture every day. Help us promote International Heritage Breeds Week and Day by word-of-mouth, through social media, and to your local press.

Download Promotional Materials

Host an Event!

Host a classroom field trip to a local heritage breed farm or ranch or to a historical farm with heritage breeds in your area. Or, bring the breeds to the classroom! This provides a great opportunity for children to learn about the importance of genetic diversity and conserving heritage breeds.

Invite one or more state legislators to visit local farms and ranches or set up a visit to their state office. Leave them with livestock conservation materials and samples of heritage breed products.

Adopt-a-Nursing Home
Visit a local nursing home and consider taking heritage breed animals with you. Many older folks once raised heritage breeds and will appreciate the opportunity to reconnect with the animals.

Farmer’s Markets
Local Farmer’s Markets are a wonderful place to emphasize the importance of heritage breeds. Arrange to have music, samples, fun games for kids and make a day of it.

Heritage Breed Petting Zoo
Organize a petting zoo where children and their parents can see heritage breed animals and learn more about them. Provide your own animals, or work with local farmers and ranchers to provide the animals.

Host a Celebrity
Invite a local celebrity who is familiar with heritage breeds, raises them; or has a friend or family member who has been involved with them and request sponsorship of International Heritage Breeds Week. Hold an event and ask the celebrity to speak about a personal experience involving heritage breeds.

Library Display
Approach your local public or school libraries about organizing an exhibit during International Heritage Breeds Week. You might offer to arrange for a speaker or a lecture series about agriculture. Books about rural communities, animals, farms, etc., could be part of a special International Heritage Breeds Week section that encourages children to learn more about agriculture and how it affects their lives. The Livestock Conservancy’s book An Introduction to Heritage Breeds is a wonderful addition to any library.

International Heritage Breeds Day Breakfast
Host a Heritage Breeds breakfast for local government and business leaders. Identify a keynote speaker to talk about heritage breeds and plan your menu around locally grown and raised agricultural products.

Organize a Fundraiser
Host a fundraiser, such as a walk-a-thon, and donate money to national conservation organizations like The Livestock Conservancy and/or a breed’s registry, club, or association. Emphasize the importance of heritage breeds in the nation's agricultural system; pay tribute to a local farmer; or recognize all farmers who raise heritage breeds year-round.

Public Contest
Sponsor a community-wide event, such as a coloring or poem-writing contest for students. The children could acknowledge their breed or species. The drawings or poems could be displayed in local schools, hospitals, or nursing homes.

Public Exhibit
Showcase an exhibit at your local mall, shopping center, or public area to introduce the public to heritage breeds. Include examples of heritage breed products like wool, cheese, or eggs, as well as information on how these products are produced. Contact other local heritage breed producers to collaborate and display items and information. Consider conducting outreach and education in urban and underserved areas.

School Lunches
Encourage elementary schools to designate a day during National Heritage Breeds Week to distribute quizzes and puzzles with school lunches. This can also serve as an opportunity to explain the connection between farms and foods on the table. Contact your state’s School Food Service Association for guidance. Or, with cooperation of the school, donate items (milk, ice cream, meat, cheese, etc.).

Shows and Fairs
Promote a positive image of heritage breed conservation by sponsoring a local show or fair. Consider including exhibits, food stands, live animals or entertainment.

Tell the World!

  • Write and distribute a press release announcing International #HeritageBreedsWeek.
  • Place an article in your state or local newspaper(s) or a community blog about International #HeritageBreedsWeek and the contributions of heritage breeds to global Agriculture.
  • Host a press conference. Discuss an important agricultural issue in your community; honor a farmer or rancher; or bestow an "honorary" farmer title to a deserving politician or civic leader.
  • Host an editorial board meeting with leading state or local newspapers. Discuss the importance of heritage breeds on your farm or ranch and ways the public can become more involved in supporting rare breed conservation.
  • Suggest that your state or local newspaper solicit stories from heritage breed farmers or ranchers to discuss how they are working first-hand to protect genetic diversity and endangered breeds.
  • Follow and tag livestock conservation organizations on social media and use #HeritageBreedsWeek to show us how you're participating!

Rare Breeds Trust of Australia  


Asociación Brasilenã de Criadores de Ganado de la Raza "Curraleiro Pé-Duro" (ABCPD)

Projeto Porco Moura 

Heritage Livestock Canada   
Heritage Livestock Club of Eastern Ontario  

Asociacin de Criadores de Bovinos de Razas Criollas y Colombianas de los Llanos Orientales Colombianos  

SAVE Foundation 

Actas Iberoamericanas en Conservación Animal

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 

Latin America:
Ganado Criollo Tarahumara 

Traspatio Iberoamericano (TRASIBER) 

New Zealand:
Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand  

Sociedade Portuguesa de Recursos Genéticos Animais

United Kingdom:
Rare Breeds Survival Trust 

United States: 
The Livestock Conservancy    
National Animal Germplasm Program (NAGP) 
Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity Preservation Project    


Grupo Porcino de la UDELAR 

Heritage Livestock Conference

2020 Heritage Livestock Conference: Everything Equine (Cancelled)

Due to uncertainty regarding in-person events caused by COVID-19, the 2020 Heritage Livestock Conference has been canceled. 

Thank you for attending the 2019 Heritage Livestock Conference: All Things Sheep!


Keeping an Eye on the Long Game – Balancing Improvement and Biodiversity (.pdf handout)
Oogie McGuire, Black Welsh Mountain Sheep Shepherd

Counting Sheep - Finding Rare Bloodlines and Hidden Pockets of Diversity (.pdf of presentation)
Deborah Hunter, Karakul Shepherds Alliance

Making the Leap to Longwools (.pdf of presentation)
Brian Larson, Longwool breeder

Secret Lives of Guardian Dogs (.pdf of presentation)
Dan Macon, Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor 


2019 Pre-Conference Clinics and Tours and Conference

  • Natural Wool Dying Workshop
  • Fiber Design Workshop and Distillery Tour
  • Reception and Silent Auction
  • Conference Panel Sessions
2019 Natural Wool Dyeing Clinic 1 2019 Natural Wool Dyeing Clinic 2
2019 Natural Wool Dyeing Clinic 3 2019 Silent Auction item
2019 Conference Reception 2019 Conference Reception 2
2019 Conference Reception 3 2019 Conference Reception 3
2019 Three sheeps Fiber Workshop and Distillery tour 2019 Reception


Veterans Workshop
Past Presenters


Questions? Email Us




Veterans Workshop

Just over ten years ago, the initial withdrawal of military forces from Iraq began. Over the next several years, thousands of our military veterans returned home and began the process of re-acclimation to civilian life. During this time, more and more veterans called The Livestock Conservancy to ask about raising Heritage breed livestock. For many, the daily task of caring for animals and the greater mission of rare breed conservation aligns with the mission-focused military training they received. At the same time, many find the duty of raising livestock therapeutic.

Although 45% of military veterans come from rural areas (compared to just 15% of the overall population), many of those who contacted the Conservancy indicated a desire for training to raise Heritage breed animals. Some had experience only with crops while others wanted to raise different livestock than they had before. Some had no farming experience at all. To address their need, The Livestock Conservancy held its first training workshop for veterans, From Service to Stewardship, in 2012.

The impact of that first workshop on veterans and Master Breeders was so powerful, a commitment was made to host future workshops to train veterans to raise Heritage breeds. Five years later, From Service to Stewardship now connects former participants with established farms with long-time Master Breeders to train their fellow veterans. Training opportunities like From Service to Stewardship allow the Conservancy to fulfill its mission of protecting rare breeds from extinction while serving important communities like our veterans.

Thank you to all who participated!

The fourth Service to Stewardship farming workshop was held at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, VA April 7-8, 2017.

Read about the workshop in USDA's Rural Cooperatives magazine.



Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is The Livestock Conservancy's Mission?

"To protect endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction"

2. How many breeds do you work with?

Currently, The Livestock Conservancy works to protect over 150 individual breeds from 11 different species. See our Conservation Priority List here.

3. Do you sell animals?

No. The Livestock Conservancy does not own or sell animals, but many of our members do. To search for stock and products, visit our Breeders and Products Directory or our online classifieds site.

4. Where is the Conservancy located?

Our national headquarters is located in Pittsboro, North Carolina, but we have members in all 50 states and over 20 different countries. Our mailing address is PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC, 27312.

5. How much is membership?

Basic membership is $45 and online student memberships are $25. To see more information on membership and become a member, click here.

6. Can I meet with you in person?

Yes! Feel free to drop by our headquarters at 33 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro, NC, 27312, M-F 9am-5pm Eastern Standard Time or catch us on the road at one of the many events we attend throughout the year. See the event calendar here.

7. How do I contact you?

You can reach us by sending an online message, or giving us a call at (919) 542-5704 M-F 9am-5pm Eastern Standard Time.

8. How can I make a donation or pay my dues?

Donations can be made online here, membership can be renewed online here, or you can send cash or checks to The Livestock Conservancy, PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or call with a credit card (VISA, MC, AmEx, or Discover) at (919) 542-5704.

9. Are you a charity / are my donations tax-deductible?

Yes. The Livestock Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. ID# 03 0270 281 See our Top-Rated Charity status here.

10. What is a Heritage breed?

The Livestock Conservancy developed the term "Heritage breed" to in order to help breeders of historic and endangered breeds of livestock market their animals. For more information on how we developed this term and to see the official Heritage breed definitions, click here.

11. Why isn't my breed listed?

The mission of The Livestock Conservancy revolves around genetic conservation of endangered breeds in the United States. Although some breeds may be rare, they don't always fit the criteria for our Conservation Priority List. To see the criteria for inclusion on the list, click here.

12. Do I have to own/breed animals to be a member?

Nope! In fact, over half of Livestock Conservancy members don't own animals, but still support our cause through their membership. We'd love to have you as a member. wink

13. Are there grants for people who want to raise heritage breeds?

Yes! See more about our Microgrants Program here. In addition to The Livestock Conservancy's microgrant program, there are some financial resources that may benefit people raising them. When we hear of these, we list them on our Financial Resources page here. If you know of additional resources we can share, please contact us to let us know and we'll add them to our list. Another good place to check is with your local Cooperative Extension office. They may know of local or state resources we are not aware of.

Conference Terms and Conditions

Heritage Livestock Conference Terms and Conditions

1. Registration fees

All attendees must pay the registration fee prior to arrival at the conference venue. Participants are also advised to have a copy of their confirmation/ticket (can be electronic) when going to the registration table at the conference just in case they are requested to show proof of the payment on their arrival.

2. Cancellation Policy

Registration cancellations must be notified in writing by email to  info@livestockconservancy.org. Cancellations received prior to September 27, 2019 will receive a refund of registration fees less an administration charge of 25% of the registration cost. Cancellations made after, as well as ‘no shows’, are liable for the full registration fee. Pre-conference clinics or tours are non-refundable. Participants must make sure they receive an acknowledgement of their cancellation from the Heritage Livestock Conference administration. Only this will confirm that their request has been received and processed.

3. Liability

The Livestock Conservancy reserves the right to amend any part of the Conference program and pre- and post-conference clinics and tours if necessary at any time. The Livestock Conservancy will not accept liability for damages of any nature sustained by attendees or accompanying persons, or loss of, or damage to their personal property as a result of the Conference or related events.

By virtue of their attendance, attendees agree to release, indemnify, and hold harmless The Livestock Conservancy, as well as all its employees, agents, representatives, successors, etc. from all losses, claims, theft, demands, liabilities, causes of action, or expenses, known or unknown, arising out of my participation and attendance in the Heritage Livestock Conference, pre- and post-conference clinics, and tours. Attendees should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance, along with travel insurance.

4. Photo, Video, Audio Recording

The Livestock Conservancy will take photos of  attendees throughout the conference and related events. These photos are for Conservancy use only and may appear on the Conservancy Website, social media and/or in future marketing materials.By virtue of your attendance, you agree to usage of your likeness in such media.  Read full terms here.

Additional Condition:

In our sole discretion, without refund, we reserve the right to refuse admittance to or expel from the Heritage Livestock Conference and/or any related conference events, anyone that we determine is behaving in a manner that could be disruptive to the Conference or any other attendee. Registration is non-transferable.