The Rare Breeds Survival Trust is a conservation charity, founded in 1973 to preserve native breeds and since its establishment, no UK-native breed has become extinct.
It maintains a watch list of native breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, goats and poultry, and an approved list of farm parks.
|Boeray Sheep - critical:|
in the St Kilda archipelago off the west
coast of Scotland
Projects have included the collection of genetic material to ensure the future of rare breeds in a farm animal “gene bank”.
They also support the marketing of meat from rare breeds …
|British Lop - endangered.|
Originating from north Cornwall/west Devon areas
Some of the breeds I have mentioned … but as you’ll see from the A-Z series I’ve broadened my horizons … so I can vaguely comply with the A-Z.
|Sussex Hen - these are common|
and have been around since
Between 1900 and 1973 we lost 26 native breeds of livestock, as well as many varieties of poultry. There are adjunct rare breed organisations for Poultry, Turkeys, Geese and Waterfowl …
|Welsh Mountain Pony|
There are also individual breed specialists … and the watch-lists get added to as and when necessary … while the society also keeps an eye on the feral populations …
|Feral Goat in Findhorn Valley, Moray, Scotland|
Breeds of Irish origin, which are found in the UK, and historically have been part of British Agriculture are included in the monitoring process: Kerry cattle; Galway sheep; Irish Draught Horse and Connemara Pony.
|Dales Pony - critical|
The UK has a wide variety of genetic resources available to respond to disease threats … and to keep the gene bank in a high state of alert … something that has become more and more obvious in today’s agricultural market place.
|Whitebred Shorthorn - critical|
That is R for those Rare Breeds, which are native to the United Kingdom … so we can Retain and Record and Protect our Rare Breeds … from Aspects of British County Rare Breeds …
Counties with the letter R …
(note some Counties have been retired!, or amended over historical local government … but some I’ve included)
Northern Ireland: None
Scotland: Renfrewshire; Ross and Cromarty; Ross-shire; Roxburghshire
Rare Breeds Survival Trust ... this trust covers all breeds
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