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The Livestock Conservancy

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Husbandry, Animal-Related, Animals, Food

Mission: The Livestock Conservancy was founded in 1977 to conserve rare breeds of cattle, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys. Today's rare breeds are quite different from the "improved" stocks, which are very productive but require intensive husbandry. The rare breeds retain survival qualities such as disease resistance, foraging efficiency, maternal abilities, and longevity, which make them a perfect fit for organic, grass-based, and humane sustainable agriculture. As well as being useful to farmers today, rare breeds represent the genetic diversity essential for domestic animals to adapt to changing environmental conditions in the future.

Results: Effective conservation has allowed us to ensure survival for every breed on our Conservation Priority List, which now includes over 150 breeds.

Target demographics: save endangered breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of small farmers and ranchers

Geographic areas served: North America

Programs: research on breed population size, distribution and genetic health; research on breed characteristics; gene banks to preserve genetic material from endangered breeds; rescues of threatened populations; education about genetic diversity and the role of livestock in sustainable agriculture; and technical support to a network of breeders, breed associations, and farmers.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jules B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Livestock Conservancy is an AMAZING organization! There’s nothing else like it out there for education on heritage livestock breeds and connecting people involved w the breeds!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization. Their focus is clear. They have a great collection of resources. I have sent dozens of people to their website for information on rare breeds. A top notch resource for anyone interested in preserving this segment of American culture.

1 Sue R.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We've learned a lot from The Livestock Conservancy over the years.
They are full of much needed information to help save our heritage breeds.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Livestock Conservancy has been one of my favorite non-profits - and critical resource for my farm. I reference the information on the website often as we make decisions on breeds of animals - we've really grown our farm based on the information available from the Livestock Conservancy. It's an essential resource for farmers, ranchers and also has fantastic information for general education on rare breeds and why their genetics are important.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Livestock Conservancy does an amazing job raising awareness about our endangered breeds and thanks to their work, we've never lost a breed on their list to extinction. Great website full of information about the breeds and they hold informative workshops. One of my favorite charities!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be a member and supporter of this incredible organization. We must protect genetic diversity to ensure the future of agriculture.

David M.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great orginaztion. Ive been a member for 15 years. Without the Livestock Conservancy as a umbrella organization helping the diffrent breeds registries and raising awareness many of these breeds would be gone. I raise several listed breeds and it's great to have a organization that is so good at disseminating information.

Celeste S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've kept a list of heritage breed animals I would like to raise one day in my back pocket since I was twelve. That was nearly 20 years ago now. My reasons for wanting to work with heritage animals have deepened from a general sense of knowing this was what I wanted in life to now being able to speak knowledgeably about genetic diversity, the hardiness of landraces and pre-industrial breeds, hybrid vigor, and also the specific characteristics of many breeds of livestock important to the history of the United States. What has never changed is that the Livestock Conservancy has always been my first, best source of information and inspiration.

Kat M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've learned so much from The Livestock Conservancy. They always answer my questions right away & give great information. The are also a great source for finding breeders!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of this organization since its founding. It consists of knowledgeable and wise people doing essential work--that most people don't even realize needs to be done--with perseverance and creativity. I'm a member/supporter and former board member, and a professional with expertise in the field.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was considering raising sheep, and The Livestock Conservancy’s website and information led me to doing far more - raising a critically endangered and all around amazing breed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit has made me aware of many heritage breeds which are so important to all of us. I refer frequently to their educational materials and have noticed many others share their information in response to questions raised on numerous forums. Thank you to those who have dedicated themselves to this important cause. You are very much appreciated by many!

Marie M.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff of the Livestock Conservancy are truly dedicated to the organization's mission. It is through their deep knowledge and dedication that so much can be accomplished with their resources. My experiences with the staff and the public resources available on their website and in their publications continue to reinforce my belief in the value of supporting the Livestock Conservancy.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Livestock Conservancy serves a need that most people don't even know exists or that it is so vital. That need is preserving genetic diversity of farm animals. In addition the organization promotes responsible and humane animal husbandry and sustainable agriculture, and assists in promoting farm products.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful for promoting rare breeds. Great outreach program to underserved populations. Educational materials are up-to-date and applicable to modern practice.

Colin S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Livestock Conservancy is great. I was raising pigs but then switched to raising Mulefoot Pigs after reading about them and how they are critical on the list. Some of the best pigs Ive had. Next year I am going to start raising and breeding Saxony ducks for the same reason . Keep up the good work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just wanted chickens and eggs. The Livestock Conservancy helped me to decide what kind of chickens I needed for my area and with what I wanted. Now I am a breeder of heritage breeds. Without the Conservancy, I would have never known there was a need. I couldn't be more happier with my selections. I got my eggs and I'm preserving a breed.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a small farmer who depends on the Conservancy to help me with information about conservation breeding, where to find others in my breed, and marketing to make raising heritage breed livestock viable. Their tireless work is preserving valuable genetic heritage for generations to come.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Galiceños of Suwannee Ranch breeds and promotes a very rare breed of horse, the Galiceño. The Livestock Conservancy has been extraordinary in their research of this breed, determining its unique place in the horse world, and ultimately recognizing the breed as “Critically Endangered.” I fully support the concept of preserving Heritage Breeds for their history and the importance of preserving genetic diversity in Livestock.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this organization! They stand for and represent everything I believe in with livestock. They educate, promote endangered breeds, and provide training to future generations of farmers. Thank you for all you do Livestock Conservancy.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My small family farm raises a variety of heritage breeds. The Livestock Conservancy is a great organization, I get so much education from their work as well as inspiration that I too can be a part of helping endangered breeds of livestock survive. I'm proud to be a member.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Livestock Conservancy helped us decide which breeds to help conserve and has done the genetic work to differentiate related breeds of horses, cattle, and sheep brought to North America by the Spaniards.