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!!!
As a second generation farmer, i respect The Livestock Conservancy to bring me up to date information on the advantages of breeds that have fallen from favor with the rise of industrial ag. These are the breeds that today's and tomorrow's small farmers need to know about and pursue.
I learned about sustainable practices in Australia in 1968. When I learned about the Conservancy in 1977 I knew they would be leaders in the environmental coalition because the founders realized the importance of DNA in domestic breeds world-wide. I was a member for 30 years so I have watched these folks pursue their mission with stunning fervor. Dedication of the highest order. The future of our world depends on good folks doing their best. A big THANK YOU to each one.
I first learned of The Livestock Conservancy from a magazine article I read on a critically endangered breed of horse. I became a member of the conservancy, bought some of the horses that I read about in the article, and began a breeding program. I now have heritage chickens, too. Looking forward to acquiring a few goats from a heritage breed. This organization has educated me as to the importance of sustaining heritage livestock breeding populations, and helped me personally as I began a breeding program for my horses. I have called many times with questions and have been help in a polite and expert manner. I appreciate the newsletters and read the quarterly news magazines from cover to cover!
100 years ago many Americans were ranchers and farmers. If not, then at least one member of the extended family was a farmer or rancher. Now there are fewer and fewer of us. Our story needs to be told to the general public, and noone does it better than the Livestock Conservancy.
The Livestock Conservancy is the only entity in the US working to preserve genetic diversity in our domestic species. With climate change and the growing human population, agriculture needs all the diversity we can muster to meet the challenges we face. As a farmer I benefit from their assistance in determining breeds that will fit my specific farm environment and how to properly manage and use those breeds. The Livestock Conservancy is an antidote to inappropriate industrial agriculture and provides much support and help for small diversified farms across the country. .
What a great organization! They truly care about what they do, and are always extremely helpful with any questions. The research they do, and the animals they have saved , and will save, is a valuable treasure to the human race! Worth every penny of the membership fee.
There's simply too much to put in brief print here. Suffice it to say, that not only does the Conservancy's work help each individual sharing in their aspirations and efforts, but helps the entire world by ensuring future food resources. This is at the heart of their mission statement, and the height of their efforts. V.L. Havens
I had seen them on the web over the years making aware the breeds that were endangered. Then I took part in the Fair at Seven Springs, PA, and I came to have a more intimate knowledge of who they are, and what they do. I took away from the Fair that they are working hard on, not just bringing numbers up but, bringing back breeds that used to be a part of every family farm. I understand more fully what "Heritage" breeds mean, and why it is important to want heritage breeds back on the family farm again!
The Livestock Conservancy takes specific and well-documented action to preserve rare breeds of livestock which in turn enhances genetic diversity to ensure that foundation breeds remain available. They actively educate members and the general public about the need for conservation of these breeds, provide great opportunities for networking and stock-sharing, and promote awareness of the risks of losing these animals.
The Livestock Conservancy is an organization dedicated to the preservation of domestic livestock genetics. Current corporate agricultural practices rely on heavy inputs with only a breed or two from each species use. Alarmed at the disappearance of breeds of domestic livestock that have attributes too valuable to lose this organization helps dedicated individuals discover, recover and stabilize breeding populations. They do this not by owning the animals but by assisting, supporting and educating breeders, chefs, spinners, etc. in their endeavors. The staff and technical advisors are dedicated and among the most knowledgeable in their area of expertise. There is little if no waste and the paid staff is as dedicated to the cause as any of the member.