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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

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have "devolved" so far away from healthy hardy farm animals and the raising of them which in turn affects our food chain and our planet. The Livestock Conservancy needs all the support it can get to keep up it's great work and to grow large spread.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These guys are great! After learning about the need for more diversity in farming we decided to switch our ranch completely over to heritage breeds. We found info on all the breeds on their website and became members. They helped us choose which breeds would work best for us. I highly recommend becoming a member and supporting this organization.

2 Woods House Farm

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization does SO much with SO little! I loves supporting them because I'm getting a HUGE bang for my buck. And they're clearly leading the field when it comes to preserving and sharing farm genetics and the knowledge of the old masters.

2 Lisa569

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They helped us so many times over the past several years locating livestock breeds for our heritage farm. They are the best!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The LC is truly dedicated to the conservation of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry. Their work impacts all of us, because biodiversity helps make the Earth's future more secure. I have worked personally with some of the LC staff, and have found them to be professional and courteous, with a passion for stewardship and helping others learn more about these heritage breeds and how to conserve them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

It is very important to preserve rare and endangered livestock breeds for two important reasons: living history of these breeds and conserving the genetics. The Livestock Conservancy and its members are dedicated to these goals.

1 Erin114

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We decided several years ago to breed and raise heritage poultry. We we.nt to the livestock concervancy website to see what information they had. It us a wonderful website and they do great work raising awareness.

1 Aimi I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The livestock Conservancy page is the first place I go when seeking to add a new animal to our farm. Their dedication to the preservation of endangered breeds has saved many importing bloodlines over the years. They are tireless in their efforts to keep people apprised of which animals are on the brink of being lost forever. I am thankful for this group and all they do.