The Livestock Conservancy
The Livestock Conservancy is a nonprofit organization focused on preserving and promoting rare breeds of livestock. With 3,000 members, a staff of nine and a 19-member board of directors, the organization has an operating budget of almost half a million dollars. The group has helped save the Carolina Marsh Tacky horse, Randall cattle, Red Wattle hogs and the American rabbit.
About The Livestock Conservancy in brief
The Livestock Conservancy is a nonprofit organization focused on preserving and promoting rare breeds of livestock. Founded in 1977, the Conservancy was the pioneer livestock preservation organization in the United States. With 3,000 members, a staff of nine and a 19-member board of directors, the organization has an operating budget of almost half a million dollars. It has initiated programs that have saved multiple breeds from extinction, and works closely with similar organizations in other countries, including Rare Breeds Canada. The organization has published several books and works with breed registries and other groups on several aspects of breed preservation, including genetic testing, historical documentation, animal rescue and marketing. In large part due to the efforts of the organization, heritage turkey populations have increased more than tenfold in little over a decade, and several breeds that once stood on the brink of extinction now maintain healthy populations. It is funded by grants, membership, publications and public donations. Publications include books on conservation and husbandry farming, livestock farming operations and breed guides. In 1998 fiscal year the organization claimed slightly over US$308,000 in income, coming mainly from public donations and membership dues, but also from investment income and service revenue, including investment sales of goods and services. It includes among its partners and members the Oklahoma City Zoo, which maintains a living-history museum that holds members of eight rare livestock breeds, and Colonial Williamsburg, a petting zoo that maintains members of ten rare breeds and a children’s museum.
It also has members of the American Minor Breeds Conservancy, a living history museum that hold members of 8 rare livestock and children’s zoo breeds. It was the first U.S. organization focused. on preserving rare breeds. In 1993 the organization changed its name to the American Livestocking Breeds conservancy. In 2013, the organisation again shortened its name. to \”The Liverck Conservancy\”. It is headquartered in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and its mission is to protect genetic diversity in livestock and poultry species through the conservation and promotion of endangered breeds. The Conservancy maintains a conservation priority list that divides endangered breeds of horses, asses, sheep, goats, cattle, rabbits, pigs and poultry into five categories based on population numbers and historical interest. In 1986, a fellow organization, Rare Breed Canada, was formed, and the two bodies have worked together closely to preserve and promote breeds that have populations in the US and Canada. In 2009, this amount had jumped to slightly more than US$440,000, but by 2009, it had jumped slightly to more than more thanUS$440,.000, including donations and investment income, including grants, grants and service Revenue, also including investment income. The group has helped save the Carolina Marsh Tacky horse, Randall cattle, Red Wattle hogs and the American rabbit. In the 1960s and 1970s, American livestock breed enthusiasts, including scientists, farmers, and historians, became increasingly aware of the disappearance of many traditional livestock breeds in theUS.