An Introduction to Heritage Breeds: Saving and Raising Rare-Breed Livestock and Poultry

An Introduction to Heritage Breeds: Saving and Raising Rare-Breed Livestock and Poultry

by D. Phillip Sponenberg, Jeannette Beranger, Alison Martin
     
 

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Heritage breeds matter, and they are often a better choice than conventional breeds for small farms and backyards. This eloquent, inviting, visual guide explains why conserving heritage breeds is important and shows you how you can raise these breedsyourself, helping to preserve them and benefiting from them at the same time. Written by three experts from the

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Heritage breeds matter, and they are often a better choice than conventional breeds for small farms and backyards. This eloquent, inviting, visual guide explains why conserving heritage breeds is important and shows you how you can raise these breedsyourself, helping to preserve them and benefiting from them at the same time. Written by three experts from the Livestock Conservancy, this book includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys, and horses, detailing each breed's specific needs and characteristics so that you can select the one that's right for you. Whichever breed you choose, you'll find thorough, comprehensiveinformation on how to raise it successfully.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/15/2014
The Livestock Conservancy, a heritage breed conservation organization, has created a go-to guide for anyone considering raising heritage breed livestock (chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, cattle, horses, donkeys, and rabbits). The manual walks readers through the process of selecting an animal by providing detailed information about which type is best based on climate, space and shelter availabilities, and zoning restrictions. For those looking to bring up highly threatened breeds, the Conservation Priority List categorizes the varieties into critical, threatened, watch, recovering, and study segments. Color illustrated "Breed Snapshots" provide an overview of the homeland, use, size, color, and conservation status of selected animals. Throughout the book, success-story anecdotes show the importance of farmers to the preservation method. Tips on processing, keeping records, and joining breeding associations are included. The work concludes with an appendix featuring species at a glance and a listing of key resources. VERDICT Essential background reading for those interested in raising and breeding heritage animals.—Lacy S. Wolfe, Ouachita Baptist Univ. Lib., Arkadelphia, AR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612121253
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
532,692
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Cary Fowler Ph.D.
"Encyclopedic knowledge, unparalleled experience, and true wisdom underpin this guide. Only the Livestock Conservancy could dare write such a book, and succeed so brilliantly."

Craig Haney
"Clear writing, diagrams, and breed profiles make the work of breed conservation husbandry accessible to a new generation of farmers and stockmen."

Edward O. Wilson
"A valuable introduction to an important segment of biodiversity."

Meet the Author

D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, Jeannette Beranger, and Alison Martin

are all associated with The Livestock Conservancy, a nonprofit organization focused on preserving and promoting rare breeds of livestock. Founded in 1977 through the efforts of livestock breed enthusiasts concerned about the disappearance of many of the US's heritage livestock breeds, the Livestock Conservancy was the pioneer livestock preservation organization in the United States and remains a leading organization in that field. It has initiated programs that have saved multiple breeds from extinction, and it works closely with similar organizations in other countries, including Rare Breeds Canada.

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