The Livestock Conservancy Receives Grant

Posted June 20th, 2017 by maryalbro and filed in News & Announcements
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The 1772 Foundation has awarded a grant of $50,000 to The Livestock Conservancy, located in Pittsboro, NC.

The grant will support the Discover, Secure, and Sustain Program (DSSP). The objectives of this program are to 1) discover and study lost breeds, 2) secure rare breeds by documenting conservation status, building a critical mass of animals and breeders, and helping breeders find, organize, and communicate with each other, and 3) sustain rare breeds by learning which traits make them valuable to farmers and consumers, and recruiting and training the next generation of breed stewards. In 2017-2018, DSSP will place particular emphasis on endangered breeds of poultry, swine, and horses.

The activities supporting DSSP objectives include DNA evaluation, germplasm preservation, breeding programs, breed censuses, establishment of breeder networks, and train the trainer programs. Some focus on documenting the historic and genetic value of rare breeds, others on making them valuable to producers, others on ensuring farmers have the tools for their farms to prosper. All bolster The Livestock Conservancy’s mission to protect endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction.

Aylesbury Duck

Rouen Duck

Crevecoeur Chicken

Large Black Swine

Gloucestershire Old Spot Swine

Caspian Horse