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 Phillip Sponenberg, Jeannette Beranger, and Alison Martin, 239 pages, 7x10, softcover. Tomatoes have their Brandywine, pumpkins have their Long Pie, rutabagas have their Gilfeather—but equally important to the genetic diversity of our food sources are the Large Black pig, the Cayuga duck, and the Dexter cow. Livestock preservation faces the same challenges as heirloom vegetable preservation, plus added maintenance expenses and the fact that you can’t store a brood cow in the back of the closet for a few decades the way you might a jar of melon seeds. This book from the Livestock Conservancy provides interesting history, a useful beginner’s guide to breeding and selection strategies, and breed snapshots of many different types of livestock, from rabbits to horses and everything in between. Well-illustrated with color drawings and photographs. Whether you plan to embark on a heritage livestock project or you simply enjoy learning about the fascinating diversity of the animals we keep in our barns, this book belongs in your library. -Alice Coyle


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