Livestock Conservancy is helping farmers with education, marketing, and promotion of heritage breeds

The Livestock Conservancy is a non-profit that protects livestock and poultry breeds from extinction.

The group’s Senior Project Manager explains how it is centered on conservation and education.

According to Dr. Charlene Couch, “Our mission is to prevent the extinction of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry, especially those that have been in our country for hundreds of years, in some cases. The Livestock Conservancy came about during the 1976 bicentennial when organizations were planning to do reenactments and to show off the historic and heritage breeds. Our work is really centered around helping farmers with education, with marketing, and promotion. We do a national census every year of all the endangered breeds of livestock and poultry that we monitor.”

Species on the priority list include Clydesdale horses and Tennessee fainting goats.

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