The Livestock Conservancy serves as a vanguard spreading the word as to why heritage breeds of livestock are important; important commercially, sustainably and historically. As people get more and more in touch with what they eat they need an organization like TLC to inform and educate.
I have been a member since the 70's and promote them as a way to save the genetics that will be critical to saving our food supply, in case a disease or hereditary defect wipes out the current "popular" breeds. Thanks to their resources many endangered breeds have been saved from extinction and thousands of people have been educated in the importance of saving them!
I have used the Livestock Conservancy online to access all information concerning Heritage Breed Chickens. After having my yak herd stolen TWICE, once in Northern NM and a second time in Southern Colorado, (where my evidence was blocked or not presented in the courtroom) I decided to switch to raising Chickens for their eggs. Most of my flock of 7 7 chickens consists of heritage breed chickens. While I am not a certified Organic producer I do all I can to maintain a healthy organic diet for my chickens. The need to maintain the Heritage Breeds in all areas, not just with poultry is vital in my opinion. One interesting situation this year was the outbreak of avian flu in production factory farms but an absence of this devastating disease in small flocks. I sell my eggs at Santa Fe Farmers Market where the consumers are actively interested in the concept of Heritage Breeds. People were unaware of the impact of factory farming on the diminishing populations of Heritage Breed Chickens.
IF not for the Livestock Conservancy, I would not have have chosen the rare breed of rabbit I raise and help preserve, because I wouldn't have known about them.
When I am considering adding a new animal to my farm, they are the first place I go, to start research.
The Conservancy has provided great information regarding the rare breeds and we've used that information on our farm and in our purchasing of rare breeds. They support small farmers and breeders of these old breeds that have to survive to support our future. Great organization and we appreciate their support!
Every since I found out about the Lifestock Conservancy website back when I was researching about chicken care and the different breeds, it has become my go to place to see which breeds will be the next candidates to join our little mini farm. And at the moment I've been researching the different different breeds of goats preparing for when we're ready to jump into the world of goats soon.
I believe it's vitally important to conserve "heirloom" animals and plants in this world of mono-cropping both meat and plant food. When a plant or animal goes extinct, we'll never be able to make use of its unique qualities again. I appreciate and thank the Livestock Conservancy for its excellent work in conserving livestock in danger of extinction. As a member of many years, I trust the staff and board to make the decisions that must be made in an organization living on donations with a far-reaching and extremely important mission.
I have been a member of The Livestock Conservancy for many years. They have a fabulously dedicated staff, and help everyone with their rare breed questions . They are incredibly dedicated and patient people.
Whenever I can't answer a question at a Farmers' Market or someone wants just a little more information than I have time to convey, I direct them to the Livestock Conservancy breeds pages. We are working with the conservancy to breed better Randall Lineback Cattle and Mulefoot Hogs. They have visited the farm twice and are fonts of information and ideas. We try to help the staff attend events crucial to gathering of information by donating air miles for their travel costs. What a dedicated group of people involved with preserving genetic diversity for the welfare of all peoples on the planet. Thanks!!!