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2017-2018 Annual Report

A non-profit organization
The Livestock Conservancy
Protecting endangered livestock and poultry since 1977
Our Mission
is to protect endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction.

Thanks to the support of our dedicated

members, The Livestock Conservancy
continues to ensure that over 150 historic
breeds of livestock and poultry are
around for future generations.

Cover: Newfoundland pony stallion “Dawson’s Jack O’Boy” is owned by the Victoria Heritage Society and taken care
of by Art Kelloway. Image by Patricia G. Morris and was taken at the Victoria Heritage Society Museum in Victoria,
Conception Bay, Newfoundland.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do
makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” - Jane Goodall

Dear Livestock Conservancy Supporter,

Take a moment to reflect on what you have made possible.

Conservation nourishes our bodies, farms, and communities today, and our planet tomorrow.
There is joy in this work. The joy of the urban farmer feeding his ducks, of the ranch couple
stretching their backs and admiring the fence line just completed. The pride of a cattleman
building a new community around shared interest in Heritage Shorthorn cattle. The satisfaction
of a shepherd whose land, once considered unsuitable for farming, now boasts more than 12
inches of topsoil. The laughter that escapes from a child when she discovers a litter of piglets.
The ease of sharing a simple meal with family.

Call it premeditated joy that comes from planning and hard work. And sometimes, even the
hardest worker needs an inspiration, a helping hand, someone to turn to for advice. Because
you care, The Livestock Conservancy’s amazing members, volunteers, staff, and directors are
there every day to engage, educate, and empower farmers and ranchers. We are that helping

Our common support of the heritage livestock and poultry that grace our barnyards and for the
farmers who raise them gives life to your dream for the future. As we look forward to all that
2018-2019 will bring, thank you for investing in the future and supporting our important work
today. If you’d like tips for doing even more, please call or send an email (919-542-5704 or


Alison Martin
Executive Director

The Livestock Conservancy

PO Box 477, 33 Hillsboro St
Pittsboro, NC 27312
919 - 542 - 5704


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Discover, Secure, Sustain - Three Steps to Save a Breed

1. Discover and study lost breeds;

2. Secure breeds by documenting conservation status, building a critical
mass of animals and breeders, and helping breeders find, organize, and
communicate with each other; and
3. Sustain breeds by learning what they do best on the farm and in the
marketplace, and recruiting and training the next generation of breed

As guardians of genetic diversity, The Livestock Conservancy has helped

prevent extinctions, expanded populations, educated beginning farmers, and
assisted breeders in establishing new markets for their products. Livestock
Conservancy programs help farmers and breed organizations maintain the
long-term viability and sustainability of endangered breeds.

Conservation of rare breeds:

• Protects our food system by securing genetic resources
• Ensures broad genetic diversity for the evolution of agriculture
• Preserves our heritage, history, and culture
• Maintains breeds well-suited for sustainable, grass-based systems
• Provides small farms a competitive edge
• Broadens the marketplace with diverse fiber and flavorful foods
• Retains valuable genetic traits

Discovering Heritage Swine

Meishan pigs date back more than 2000 years in
their native China but today their fate is uncertain.
After research revealed fewer than 2000 verifiably
pure Meishans left in the world, the Conservancy
placed the Meishan in the “Critical” category on
the 2018 Conservation Priority List. Now study
is underway to understand this fascinating breed.
Meishans are valued for their meat and lard, but
their most coveted trait is their unusually large
litters of piglets. Livestock Conservancy member
Rico Silvera, founder and president of the Ameri-
can Meishan Breeders Association, likes them for
another reason. “They are a great pig for people
who are afraid of pigs. They are extremely gentle
and prefer a peaceful lifestyle.”

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Securing Rare Sheep
Breeders have long sought an opportunity to exchange genetics among
flocks of rare Santa Cruz Island sheep so when a member in Oregon
made the difficult decision to sell her sheep rather than watch them
disappear one by one to cougars, she contacted the Conservancy to
help her figure out the best way to disperse her flock. The Conservancy
reached out to Mike Kearney in Pennsylvania, who is also passionate
about saving these rare sheep, and he agreed to help. Last fall Mike
and the entire flock of 27 sheep started the journey east, stopping along
the way in the Midwest to exchange rams with another isolated flock.
Since then Kearney has sold two starter flocks and has engaged new
breeders in the mission. Now these “precious eggs” are in multiple
baskets and the Conservancy is providing breeding plans so that each
flock contributes to the future of these critically endangered sheep.

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rare breed
Galiceño horses associations
attended the
Joining Forces to Save Rare Equines
Annual registrations of horses in the United States have
declined precipitously over the past 10 years, and waning
interest and weak markets have imperiled 23 rare breeds.
Rare breed foal registrations are down by 50% since 2008.
Endangered breeds of donkeys, and even “mainstream”
horse breeds like Saddlebreds and Arabians have seen
similar declines.

To address these alarming trends the Conser-

The summit will be a success if we…. vancy, through the generous funding of the USA
Equestrian Trust, organized the first-of-its-kind
• Raise awareness Endangered Equine Summit in Texas in the
• Bring about positive change spring of 2018.
• Set aside personal agendas
• Respect others’ opinions Representatives of 52 rare breed associations, the
• Embrace an open, collaborative spirit
sport horse community, and equine scientists from
• Share information and collaborate
• Build connections
around the world worked intensively for a day
• Gain knowledge and a half to develop new conservation strate-
• Address key issues gies, share knowledge on advances in assisted re-
• Implement a post-summit action plan productive techniques, and learn how to improve
their marketing and communication efforts.
• www.livestockconservancy.org

“… the Summit was invaluable - almost life

changing. We gained valuable information and
insights. We have made connections and are
connected. We learned what has to happen if
our breeds are to survive. I feel like my head is
exploding with everything that needs to be done
and shared. The knowledge we gained should be
spread far and wide.” -- Pat Morris, summit attendee

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The Livestock Conservancy launched the Endangered
Equine Alliance, a collaboration of several organizaitons
including Virginia Tech, Texas A & M University, the
American Horse Council, National Animal Interest Alli-
ance, universities and numerous breed organizations, to
carry out the plans started during the summit. As of today
nearly 60 breed associations, registries and other organi-
zations are affiliated with the Alliance.

Poitou donkey

Other Summit Successes:

• The USDA/National Animal Germplasm Program has agreed to house frozen equine semen and associated
information about the animal’s identification, phenotypes, and samples. This is a tremendous leap forward for
endangered horses and donkeys!

• Two commercial services that offer advanced reproductive technologies - Viagen and Select Breeder Services -
will provide reduced rates for Alliance affiliates for semen collection, freezing and tissue banking.

• The Conservancy is working with Texas A&M University on a manual for breeders, owners and
veterinarians to use with assisted Reproductive Technologies - an important tool for preserving rare
bloodlines in the face of the breeding decline. This manual is scheduled for release at the fall meeting of the
American Association of Equine Practitioners.

• In addition to coordinating semen collections from stallions of rare bloodlines for long-term storage, the
Conservancy has also provided Caspian owners with breeding recommendations to help guide conservation
breeding of this unique genetic resource.

Members of the Mountain Plea-

sure Horse Association attended
the Summit to insure the future of
their breed. They brought their
concerns and ideas and devel-
oped strategies with other equine
breed associations. The Moun-
tain Pleasure Horse Associa-
tion has joined the Endangered
Equine Alliance to forge solu-
tions for heritage breed equines.
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cows in the US
in the UK
Reviving the Red, White, and Roan
Shorthorn cattle were once the most popular breed in America and were pivotal in improving cattle breeding world-
wide, so it is ironic that they became rare. A recent study by Rare Breeds International revealed only 342 breeding
cows in the United Kingdom and 632 in the USA. There is hope on the horizon for this treasured family cow. With ad-
vice and support from The Livestock Conservancy, members Joe and Sue Schallberger launched The Heritage Short-
horn Society to promote and coordinate activities among breeders, and more than 40 people have become members
in the first six months. The Society is placing national ads to highlight the merits of Heritage Shorthorns, and they
are optimistic of a significant uptrend in breeders - and consequently, an increase in registered cattle. The Heritage
Shorthorn Society and The Livestock Conservancy are also searching for stores of frozen semen from decades ago and
validating a handful of living cows and bulls as purebred for subsequent inclusion into the conservation efforts.

Finding New Stewards

The last remaining animals of a 150-year-old ranch flock
of Spanish goats were discovered and secured by a dili-
gent Florida member, Ralph Wright. The original Partin
flock numbered in the hundreds but was reduced to only
15 individuals after the family dispersed the flock. The
Conservancy worked with Wright and the Spanish Goat
Association to move the Partin goats into the hands of new
breed stewards. These goats add an important new dimen-
sion to the genetic base of Spanish goats in the Southeast.

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Breeders of Crèvecœur chickens from both sides of the Atlantic
met in Crèvecœur-en-Auge, France, to exchange ideas and dis- Crèvecoeur chickens

cuss how to collaborate on the conservation of this rare breed.

Strengthening the Rarest

An important step was made for critically-endangered
Crèvecoeur chickens when hatching eggs were imported
from France, thanks to collaboration with Greenfire Farms
in Florida. They are believed to be the first French imports
for this breed in over 100 years and will improve diversity
and carcass qualities through careful crossing with Ameri-
can birds. Chickens with the new French genetics are now
in several breeding programs in the U.S. and were used for
the first time in the 2018 breeding season.

Nankin chickens
Studying Poultry DNA
The future of agriculture may well depend upon the unique
genetic diversity found in heritage breeds. By collaborating
with commercial poultry scientists, we have discovered
brand-new genetic variation in a region of the DNA that
determines immunity to disease. Such discoveries highlight
the need to conserve rare breeds.

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Instructing and Networking
The Heritage Livestock Conference in Williamsburg,
Virginia sold out! Each year the conference brings
together a large and diverse group of heritage
livestock and poultry farmers and others interested
in conservation for the opportunity to network, and
have their questions answered by experts and master
breeders. Pre-conference clinic topics included setting
up and running breed associations, making natural dairy
products in the home, and a full-day horse conservation
clinic. Saturday featured a talk from Libby Henson who
spoke about the early days of the Conservancy. During
the weekend, attendees could also choose to learn about
forages, genetics and management in raising grass-fed
cattle, using sheep to graze abandoned lots in the inner
city for construction preparation or for maintenance,

Sold the history of the Dutch Belted cattle, and succession

planning for your livestock and farm. The 2018 Heritage
Out! Livestock Conference will be at Conner Prairie in
Indiana. We expect another sellout!
In 2017

Thank you to all who donated

food for the banquet that fea-
tured Dorset Horn and Leices-
ter Longwool sheep, Plymouth
Rock chickens, Red Devon
cattle, American Guinea Hogs,
Slate turkeys, and Cayuga &
Silver Appleyard ducks.

“I had a fantastic time at the Heritage Livestock Conference; it

was amazing to be surrounded by others who are just as passion-
ate as I am about conserving rare breeds. I learned so much and
am excited to continue working with the Livestock Conservancy, as
well as the individuals I met while at the conference. I believe the
Conservancy’s mission is crucial to agriculture moving forward.”
- Amye Gulezian, 2017 conference scholarship recipient

When Amye Gulezian was a student at Hampshire College, she raised Dutch
Belted cattle on the school’s farm. Amye got involved with the Conservancy
when volunteering at the 2016 Heritage Livestock Conference. She was
the 2017 conference scholarship recipient and, after graduating, held a
fundraiser that collected $1000 which she donated back to the Conservancy
for future scholarships.

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Milking Devon cattle

Technical Advisor Phil Sponenberg leads a workshop on card grading

at the annual Heritage Livestock Conference in Williamsburg, VA.
Thanks to a generous donor, videos of the workshops will soon educate
the wider public.

Leicester Longwool sheep

Comparing and Selecting

The Conservancy held a full-day, post-conference workshop on
card grading. Card grading is one of the best methods to ensure
that animals are not altered by show ring trends and are judged in
ways that preserve a breed’s qualities. Because it evaluates each
individual against a breed standard, card grading strengthens
breeders’ understanding of the characteristics and attributes of
each animal within their flock or herd and, in turn, encourages the
protection of genetic diversity within the breed.

A special thanks to the staff of Colonial Williamsburg and other

Conservancy master breeders who volunteered at the workshop

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Building Bridges
Collaborations leverage the resources of The Livestock Conservancy
to save more breeds and get the message out.

• Conservation of many livestock and poultry breeds, such as Bar-

bados Blackbelly sheep, is a shared effort with Canada. Colleagues at
Heritage Breeds Canada and the Canadian Animal Genetic Resource
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada collaborate on across-the-border
conservation efforts, census, and scientific studies.

• Fruitful collaboration continues with the

USDA on a number of fronts and across
many breeds. The Conservancy provides
them information from the perspective of
heritage breeders and the dire situation fac-
ing many breeds and their unique genetic
resources. This input will be included in
the USDA’s recommendations publications
“Strengthening Strategic Genetic Resources
for Livestock, Poultry and Aquatic Species
in the United States”, and the “Blueprint
for USDA Efforts in Agricultural Animal
Genomics, 2018-2027.”

• Together, Mother Earth News and The Livestock Conservancy

help small farmers around the country learn how to raise heritage
livestock and poultry. Fairs in TX, MD, NC, KS, OR and PA draw
more than 15,000 attendees each, expanding the Conservancy’s
reach. Each year brings new ways to expand the offerings, from heri-
tagelivestock on display to the public, to in-depth “Power of Poultry”
mini-symposia, to “Ask the Expert” informal Q&A sessions.
helped reach • Our partnership with USDA’s Na-
15,000 tional Animal Germplasm Program
remains active and productive as we
more people
rely on one another for technical exper-
tise, practical experiences, and strategies
for effective use of their frozen store of
germplasm from rare breeds of livestock.

• The Blue Ridge Red Poll Association’s

annual meeting in North Carolina was a
stop on the 15th International Red Poll
Congress and Tour. They invited Livestock
Conservancy Communications Manager
Ryan Walker to attend and to share ideas
on marketing and promotion of rare breeds.
Communication is key
to saving a rare breed.
This past year the Livestock
Conservancy connected with
breeders of very rare Poitou
donkeys to share information
and semen in a critical step to
keep from losing the
breed in the
United States.
Celebrating International Heritage Breeds Week
Now in its fourth year, International Heritage Breeds Week (IHBW) continues to grow. This year the event was
featured in newspapers around the country including Red Bluff Daily News, Philanthropy Journal News, and the
Durham Herald Sun, on South Dakota Public Radio, and restaurants with locations in New York City, Paris, and the
United Kingdom. Sedgwick County Zoo, Knoxville Zoo, El Paso Zoo, and Little Rock Zoo all held special semi-
nars, animal encounters, and craft days that featured heritage animals. Over a half-million people in the U.S. and
15 other countries learned about rare farm animals through social media - an increase of 500% from when the
program launched in 2015.

lecoqriconyc The #PlymouthRock is a

#heritagebreed pasture-raised by Amish
farmers in Pennsylvania. With the help
of @arianedaguin, we have been able
to get them directly from the farmers
themselves. They are outstanding farm
chicken — strong, docile, and great
producers of eggs and meat. In June,
the first roosters from this breed will
be featured for the first time ever at Le
Coq Rico -- #heritagebreedsweek

lolafarmsandgardens @livestockconservancy is an in-

credible resource and we wouldn’t have had the knowledge
to choose the right breed for us without them

Social media
members and

pradodelana: I thought that we should end

#HeritageBreedsWeek with a bang! Receive
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orders are through, I will make a 10% contri-
bution of the final sales to the conservancy.

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Showcasing International Heritage
Breeds Week
Livestock Conservancy member Marissa Buchanan started raising
chickens in part due to her daughter’s love of the animals and the
desire for a home business after 9 years of service in the Tennessee
Army National Guard.

Marissa thought Heritage chickens were beautiful but it was their

friendliness, productivity, foraging skills, hardiness, and superb
flavor that convinced her to include them on her farm. After join-
ing The Livestock Conservancy she acquired Buckeye, Campine,
Cochin, Polish, and Sebright chickens.

She soon discovered that in her area of Tennessee, knowledge

and use of heritage farm animals was limited so she decided
to hold a Heritage Breeds Festival at her farm for Interna-
tional Heritage Breeds Week. She invited local farmers, sup-
pliers, and vendors; in attendance were 11 poultry breeders,
3 goat breeders, 1 cattle breeder, many crafters, and over 500
visitors. The experience was so positive that she is holding
another festival this fall!

“... Local farmers did not have an exhibition to spotlight their

skills.We want to support The Livestock Conservancy because
many breeds are going extinct.” - Marissa Buchanan

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Gathering the Stories
Often the stories of the people that care deeply about rare livestock are just as fascinating as the history of the
breeds. So this summer, thanks to a generous donation from members Therese Coucher & Rick Wilson, The Live-
stock Conservancy began reaching out to members to fill in the pieces that make each breed’s history unique and
bring their conservation stories to life. So far, 98 current members have been reached and 15 have agreed to share
their stories. They range from retired professionals now turning to raising livestock to a teenager who shows her
own flock of Hog Island Sheep.

As the first phase of the project is completed this

fall, be on the lookout for some amazing stories
such as that of Mojo, the Blue Slate turkey, who
would sit on Eddie Beuerlein’s shoulder. (They
named the farm after him.) Or Mike Garbisch’s
recollections of about going for drives through
the Minnesota countryside just to see the differ-
ent cattle breeds. He doesn’t raise livestock, but is
a member so that he can support livestock farm-
ers and ranchers. Cassandra Reilly of Benedictine
Farms is recreating a medieval garden, and the
ever-fascinating Deb Robson is passionate about
teaching others to use Heritage fibers. These sto-
ries and more exemplify the diversity of Live-
stock Conservancy members, and they all share a
Royal Palm turkey passion for saving rare livestock and poultry.

Our summer intern has reported incredible commitment among members to saving rare breeds.
Often, members will say things like, “I had no idea that this breed was endangered until I found
The Livestock Conservancy,” or “I was looking for a rabbit breed for meat and found information on
the best breeds for my needs on The Livestock Conservancy’s website.”

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Getting the Word Out
Getting the word out saves rare breeds! New breeders join the
cause, and consumers venture to try products from heritage
livestock and poultry. This year the media took notice of real
bacon, sustainable meat, and heritage dairy cattle, just to
name a few, and asked The Livestock Conservancy to explain
livestock biodiversity to their audiences. Interviews and stories
about rare livestock and poultry appeared this past year in:

• Heritage cattle: U.S. News & World Report; The Atlantic

• Heritage chickens: The Wall Street Journal; Civil Eats
• Santa Cruz Island sheep: Lancaster Farming magazine
• Heritage turkeys: CNN; The Guardian
• Endangered equines: Fox News; Horse Nation
• Heritage pork: Wall Street Journal; Milwaukee Journal
Randall or Randall Lineback cattle

Interacted with over Connected with

26,015 Reached
people at fairs and 17,398 Facebook 1.9 million
members & subscribers
events around the coun- 2,410 people that are
try, leading workshops Welcomed Twitter and interested in saving
on keeping and caring 1.7 million 710 heritage livestock and
for endangered breeds visitors on our website Instagram poultry

“Having access to the information on the website is absolutely wonderful. We don’t want to be ‘cogs in a wheel,’
we want to live knowing we have made some positive impact on the world.” - Jill Beuerlein, Blue Mojo Farm

Preserving Critical Knowledge

A wealth of knowledge from poultry Master
Breeders was captured on video at the American
Poultry Association (APA) National Show in a new
video series titled “The Secrets of the Masters.” The
Conservancy teamed up with the APA to preserve
the valuable lessons and skills learned from work-
ing with endangered poultry for future stewards.
The first episodes of the series will feature Rhode
Island Red chickens and Khaki Campbell ducks
and will be available in 2019.

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of Chefs
favor Heritage

Connecting with Chefs

As an Ambassador for the Livestock Conservancy since 2017, Ariane Daguin is opening doors for heritage
breeds with some of the top chefs and restaurants in the Northeast. Daguin is the founder, owner, and CEO of
D’Artagnan, a purveyor of sustainable, humanely raised gourmet meats. Ariane hopes that their relationship with
the Conservancy will make it possible to add more Heritage breed products to their offerings.

“The work that The Livestock Conservancy does is vitally important because they are protect-
ing the rich biodiversity of our planet. The future of humanity - our very survival - relies on our
responsible stewardship of the Earth and all its lifeforms.” - Ariane Daguin

The National Restaurant Association ranked Heritage breed meats among

the top food trends for 2018 in an annual survey of 700 professional chefs
who are members of the American Culinary Federation. This hot trend could
translate to greater economic opportunities for farmers and breeders.

The newest Ambassador for the Conservancy is Chef An-

toine Westermann founder of Le Coq Rico in New York City
and Paris. Le Coq Rico is the embodiment of Chef Wester-
mann’s lifelong dream of creating a more sustainable future,
and proudly serves Heritage poultry and eggs.

“I cook, I eat, I love. I believe in humankind & respect animals.

I founded Le Coq Rico to offer the best in sustainable poultry
and to support heritage breeds which are an important part of
our menu. I am honored to be an ambassador for the Conser-
vancy and to support the important work they do in securing the
future for these animals.” - Chef Antoine Westermann
Contributing to Science
The Livestock Conservancy’s chapter entitled “Conservation
of Rare and Local Breeds of Livestock and Poultry” was pub-
lished in the Scientific and Technical Review of the World
Organization for Animal Health (OIE). This issue, themed
“The Contribution of Animals to Human Welfare,” was
edited by Dr. Temple Grandin, a noted expert in the welfare
of livestock and a Conservancy member. The OIE is tasked
with controlling the spread of animal diseases worldwide and
provides scientific information to its 182 member countries.
Bringing the issues of breed conservation, adaptation, and
hardiness to international forums more focused on animal
production or animal health is essential to a sustainable fu-
ture, which is what the paper illustrates.

Expanding Access to Conservation Tools

A recent translation of “Chicken Assessment for Improving Productiv-
ity” expands access to good conservation principles for the Spanish
language community. This popular manual, written by the Conservancy,
is available on the Conservancy website, along with other Spanish-lan-
guage resources. Together, these educational materials help the Conser-
vancy reach an important community of breeders in America, and aids
conservation of local breeds around the world. The assessment manual
will be introduced to the Latin American conservation community at a
scientific meeting in Ecuador this fall.

Teaching Our Children

Now in its fifth year, the “Heritage Chicks in the Classroom
Project” continues to be a popular success. Each year the Con-
servancy partners with 4-H to connect elementary school
classrooms with farmers, and provide incubators and heritage
breed hatching eggs to enhance the required curriculum topic of
embryology. The chicks, ducks and turkeys are then returned to
the farmer. Teachers often get creative with the lesson plan and
include the community.

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Financial Reports
Contributions - $236,457
Foundation Grants - $290,500
Membership - $97,194
Sponsorship - $28,750
Conference/Program Services - $76,970
Merchandise Sales - $10,060
Other Revenue - $3,212

SUPPORT & REVENUE Total Revenue $743,143

Progam/Outreach - $380,488
Management and General - $143,646
Fundraising - $37,839

Total Expenses $561,937


2017-2018 final financial statements available on LivestockConservancy.org November 2018

Working together with partners allows us to achieve more

American Horse Council Murray McMurray Hatchery

American Poultry Association National Animal Interest Alliance
American Milking Devon Cattle Association NC Cooperative Extension Service & 4-H
Arabian Horse Association Old World Wisconsin
Backyard Green Films Purdue University
Central Carolina Community College Heritage Livestock Canada
Colonial Williamsburg Rare Breed Survival Trust
Conner Prairie Sedgwick County Zoo
Garfield Farms Seed Savers Exchange
Greenfire Farms Texas A&M University
Heritage Foods USA United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Heritage Shorthorn Society University of Missouri
International Boar Semen University of Pennsylvania - New Bolton
Le Coq Rico USDA National Animal Germplasm Program
Legacy Dexter Cattle Registry Virginia Tech
Lucky George Farm Whiting Farms
Mississippi State University More than 150 breed associations, clubs and registries
Mother Earth News

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This past year the estate of long-time member David Brustkern made a bequest to The Livestock
Conservancy. Funds were invested for long term growth, which strengthens the financial stability of the
organization and provides security for future conservation opportunities.


Please consider making a lasting gift to protect endangered livestock and poultry breeds
in your will or estate plan.

Contact Alison Martin for more information, or to let us know of your future plans:
Email: amartin@LivestockConservancy.org Phone: (919) 542-5704

All inquiries are completely confidential and at no obligation.

The Livestock Conservancy cannot render legal or tax advice. Please consult your professional advisor before making a charitable gift.

Thank you for your support in 2017-2018!

Absorbent Products Ltd. Metzer Farms

American Guinea Hog Association Randall Lineback Breed Association
Bleak Hill Lincoln Longwools Standlee Premium Western Forage
Cornerstone Morgan Horse, Inc. Smithsonian & SVF Biodiversity
D’Artagnan Foods Preservation Project
Creek Road Farms, LLC The Lippit Club, Inc.
Chapel Hill Farm/Randall Linebacks The National Romeldale-CVM Conservancy
Earth Tools, Inc. Thorvin, Inc.
El Campeon Farms Whispering Hills Farm
Marushka Farms
Memphis Zoological Society
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$10,000 and above Barbara Grasseschi Betty Funkhouser Robert E. Dannels Farm
Anonymous (2) & Tony Crabb Julie Gauthier Heritage Project
Van Brown & Beth Tillman Amye Gulezian & Friends Gabrielle Gordon Adam Dixon
David N. Brustkern Barbara Haupt David S. Grant Mary & Joe Dudley
Amy P. Goldman Foundation Andrew Heltsley Steven L. Hopp & Laura M. Easter
The Charlotte Matt Hemmer Barbara Kingsolver Rodney Eggiman
Hanes Foundation Joanne B. Jelke Linda H. McKittrick Andrew Ehret

Ann Huebner-Waller Brian Larson & Dean Meier Ronal Ellison

Manton Foundation Jennifer Garrett Francis & Monika Mencl Stanton W. Ezzell &
Marie & Stephen Minnich Ken & Oogie McGuire Kathlyn R. Miller Lisa Kafer
Charles Taft Maryanne Mott Stephanie Lynn Mills Charles & Ellen Fitzpatrick
USA Equestrian Trust Inc Jim Reichardt Charles W. Mueller Kris Fulwiler
Jody Schnurrenberger Tom Muka Barksdale Garbee
$5000 - $9999 Seattle Seahawks Murray McMurray Hatchery Wayne & Billie Anne Gebb
Therese Coucher Nancy Shepherd Joanne Nissen Sunny Goodier
Adam & Lola Danforth Frances M. Rehwald Natalie Gould
The DeVlieg Foundation $500 - $999 Dennis J. Rich Carl R. Gray
The Diebold Foundation Inc Anonymous Deborah Robson Vincent & Vickie Gresham
W. Cabell Garbee II Albert L Arline Jr Isabella Rossellini
GE Foundation Charles Bauer Beth & Randy Sears
John & Sharon Metzer Carlson Family Foundation Sedgwick County Zoo Members
Noah Foundation
Lawrence E. Rushton
Mark & Theresa Cohen
Toodie Connor
Gene Shaw
Marion & Vi Stanley
in 50
states and
Stannard & Dorothy Dunn
Charitable Trust
Darrell F. Corti
Lisa L. Douglas
Ann Staples
Barbara K. Sweet 26
Thomas W. Walvoord Katherine & Derek Emmerson Sarah Vincent countries
Kari Wenger & Peter Henry Robert O. Gjerdingen Gretchen Whisenand
Mariel R. Goss John & Pamela Woollis
$2000 - $4999 Ruth and Stephen Grant Charles Grimes & Family
Lois Bueler Helen V. Griffith $100 - $249 Sandra & Rob Guidi
Jay H. Calvert Lisa & Stephen Grubb Mary M. Ackerly Julie Guilette
Clif Bar Family Foundation Anneke Jakes Lucta J. Allen-Gerald Sadie Hadley &
Marjie Findlay Anne Page Long Joan Ballitch Gila Goodwin
William & Judith Heffernan Stephen & Sally McVeigh Richard S. Baright John Haftek Jr.
Edward & Andrea Jakes Robyn S. & Charles & Marilyn Barnes Brian Roger Hansen
David & Heather Loomis Robert M. Metcalfe Clinton L. Berry Susan Christine Harman
R. Mark & Patricia Lusted Pineywoods Cattle Registry & Turbo Property Laurie Harris
Jenifer Musselman Breeders Association Donald & Patricia Bixby James E. Held
Karen & John Thornton Kerry W. & Kristen Skelton Josephine C. Blue Edward Stephen Higgins
Clarence Brown & Robert Michael Smith Frederick W. Boelt William E. Hine Jr.
Pablo Villagomez Gary & Sandy Sojka Madelon L. Bradshaw Patrick Horan
William J.J. Gordon Landon K. Thorne Brian & Michele Brane Samuel Ingram
Family Foundation Ann L. km,Vonnegut & Sue Browning Neenie Jeffers
Chris VonFrieling Samuel J. Brungardt Christine A. Johnson
$1000 - $1999 John Samuel Wilkes Mike & Patrice Buck Lloyd B. Johnson
Anonymous Terry & Judy Wollen Juliette H. Bullock Nancy Landon Kassebaum
AAZK – Milwaukee Jeff Bump Mike Kearney
Chapter $250 - $499 Susan A Carver Elizabeth Kelleher
American Milking Marian M. Aikman Isabela Castaneda John E. Kellogg
Devon Cattle Eleanor F. Bookwalter Gary Cattell Douglas & Cynthia Kirk
Association Colleen Bowden Joel & Linda Chapin Linda M. Koranek
Anne Hendricks Bass Barbara B. Bowman Annette Chavez Tom & Sue Krebs
Foundation Daryl R. Buffenstein Byran L. Childress Konrad & Lesley Kuzmanoff
Ruth B. Blaney Lisa Butterfield Joseph Clark Robert & Joy Kwapien
Bois d’Arc Farm Cackle Hatchery Kenneth A. Clefisch Jr Ernie Langenbach
Sara T. Campbell Susan Cannon Diane C. Craddock Darlene M. Lee
David & Brenda Day Harriet Ciccone Eleanor Crosby D. P. & Dan Lowther
Ruth L. Eckert Charlene & Paul Couch Maryellen & Bruce Cudney Nick & Lisa Lynn
Kelli Dunaj Tyler A. Danke Terry & Kristin Mansfield

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Lawrence Marquette Tom & Connie Walsh John Criner Davina Holguin
Alison Martin Donna Walton-Gibbs Alan Culler Fred & Joan Horak
Daniel & Erin Matica Linwood Worth Watson Gerald H. Curkendall Suzanne E. Huber
Richard A. Matz Michael R. Welch Forrest & Ellen Dahlstet John A. Hughes
Robert & Diane May Effie E. Westervelt Reba Davis Liz Strauss & Mark Hughes
Robert G. McCann John Westra Teresa M. DeLorenzo Peter N. Ingvertsen
William Edwin McDonald Susan Will Alaine Depner Wanda & Louis Irion
Jane McManus Judith R. Willson Laurie Dermer Sam Isham
John C. Metzgar Dana Winter & David & Dana DeVries Michael & Debbie Jensen
Douglas K. Miller Wanda Supanich Daniel Digiulio Amy Johnson
Duane Mohr Marcy H. Witherington Thomas J. Dinwoodie Matt Johnson
Mary Moix Gene Hiibner & Darren Wold Gerald Dorsett Carol A. Kellish
Sam Morley Christine Wright Holland Dougherty Jamie Kidwell
TC & Rebecca Morphis Susan L. Wright Janet Dowell Clayton C. Kirking
Nashville Zoo - Grassmere Brice A. Yocum Den & Jane Downey Richard F. Kirschman &
Historic Farm Karen E. Young Roger G Drake & Kathy Breen Doris Ober
Susy Nixon Yvonne Zweede-Tucker Theresa B. Duenzl Henry Kluttz
Cynthia Nordstrom Helga Y. Eaddy Keith Kuhnsman
North American Shetland $25 - $99 Cynthia Edwards Therese LaCasse
Sheepbreeders Association Dean & Becky Adams Kevin Edwards Elizabeth Kellogg Lackey
George L. Ohrstrom II Gene Addy Ryley Edwards Sherrie Larson
Monica Oss & Jay Mackie Leslie Allen Derek Emmerson Steve Laux
Jody C. Patilla Tracey L. Allen John S Fant Agnes M. Lee
Pella Rolscreen Foundation Katie Bradley Hildy Feen
Janet L. Pflederer Mary Ann Anderson Jessica Ferguson
Karen J. Philhower Muriel T. Asbornsen Gordon Fetters
Jennifer Pitino Christine Asmann Ronald Franks
Carlton Pittman Larry Ator Karen Ann Freitas
David Porter Douglas B. Baily Patricia Frisella &
Gilbert & Mary S. Queitzsch Jr Cathryn & Paul Baird Emmanuel Krasner
Susan M. Rau Charles D. Ballard Holly M. Froning
Walker & Marjorie Rayburn Susan A. Barrett David J. Gilbank
Red Wattle Hog Association Marion C. Beausoleil David & Marjory Glowka
Wayne Reinhard Norm & Sara Bell Rachel Goldberg
Deborah J. Remer Jeannette & Fred Beranger Ernesto F. Gonzalez Caroline S. Lewis
Dennis G. Rice Jesse Berger Lisa Goodroad Ashley & Lynn Lindstedt
Rex Rieke Hesperia Bevan Katherine & Wesley Gordon Kimberly Lloyd
Linda Robinson William & Noreen Blaiklock Nathaniel B. Greene Jr Maria Losh
Henry E. Rodegerdts Patty J. Blanton & Bill Greene Jean-Marie Luginbuhl
Bernard A. Rosenberg MD Bob McConnaughey Philip & Kathy Griggs Suzi Lyter
Amanda Ruark Nancy Boschetto Fred Groverman Joshua MacDonald
Joan Schnieber Tisha Brangan Jennifer Gunn Janne Mack
James Neal Simms Robert J. Braun Cinda Haderlie Antoinette Malouf
Skeen Family Foundation Kathleen Briscoe David Haley Margaret Wile Marsh
Dale L. Smeltzer Robert G. Bruning Matthew Hallett Ronald M. Marth
Linda E. Smith Marissa Nicole Buchanan Christine Hamann Barbara Martin
Sonja Maria Solomonson Annmarie Buckley Mark Hamann Donna S. Martin
Sydney L. Sparkes Louise Burr Earl Hampton Eugene & Lorraine Mason
Julianne S. Spears Max Shannon Busby David & Beverly Hannon Robert K. Matheison
William Speiden Nada Jill Butler Loretta Heath Kathleen & Alan Matthews
Starbucks Coffee Company Valerie Cabral Kelly Henley Dennis & Laurie Mau
Susan J. Suber Nedra Carpenter Mary L. Henze Lynn L. McAdams
Donald J. Swanson Philip Case Joyce Herman Kevin McCaffery
Lynne Updegrove William Smiley Churchill Danny M. Hesse Cathy McGuire
T. Tench Vans-Murray- Erik R. Cleveland Vernon & Sarah Hiller Elizabeth McGurk
Robertson Danielle & Jakobh Coleman Keri Hills Frank & Rebecca McLean
Gary A. Via Martin Conrey Ronald G. Hodson William R. McNeal Jr.
Tamara Visser Drew & Janet Conroy Rebecca Hogg Lyle J. Melkerson
Ray & Mary Walker Jules Cox Milton George Hoke Elijah Merrett

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Lisa Messenger Susan & Steve Putman Katherine P. Seaton Renee Thelen
Barbara Jo Metcalfe Calvin O. Qualset Judi Seaver Angelique Thompson
Briana Moore Susan Quick Kathleen Seery Dirk & Judy Tysmans
Morrisville State College Jude C. Rakowski Ronald H. Segal Catherine L. Ullman
Robert & Kathryn Morrow Lisa M. Ramdass Jas Shearer-McMahon Royal & Sue D. Unzicker

Rex Mosley David W. Rapp Elaine Shirley Stephanie Van Parys

Angus & Barbara Muir Linda S. Raynolds Tanya Charter & Greg Shore Grace Vidoni
Diana & James Murphy Realogy Charitable Katharine Silvasi Daryl Walker
Jo Ann Myers Foundation Larry Sorell Ryan J. Walker
Jack Nicholson Mark Reinhard Allan Sparks Karen J. Wanek
Liz Norton Arnold L. Roberts John & Margrete Spencer Jane Washburn
Dawn O’Connor Lynn Robinson David W. Sperling Bonnie White
Debra Olive Heather C Rochester Susan Sponenberg Katherine Williams
Tim A. Olson Michael Rodgers Georgiana Srachta Dodd Lorne Williams
Janet & Jan Orazem Mike Rohrig Michelle Staton Pamela Willson
Will & Louise Pape Rafael Salomon Heather Steel Dexter D. Wilson
Scott Paquin Kendy Sawyer & Bob Hines Jesse Steinke Charlotte P. Wolfe
Harold D. Parman John & Amy Schaaf Emily Stemmler Ron Wood
William Peterson Jim Schepmoes Dick Stevens Steve & Anne Young
Joseph P. Petro Silke Schneider & Russell & Maxine Stewart Glenda Zeeb
King Phillips Richard Felger Robert & Ruth Stolting Symantha F. Zeimet
Glenda Plummer Jane G. Schoneman John R. Stratton Joel K. Zink
David L. Pollock Laura Schuck Michael & Kay Strauss Jeannette & Alex Zweede
Mitchell H. Potter Tia Schurecht Stan Szymanski
Bob & Sandy Priscott Gary Schwefel Jeremy Taylor
Joanne Purpus Cynthia Seaman Marie B. Terlizzi &
Michael N. Sears Robert J. Dobbs

Life Members
Anonymous (2) Barbara Grasseschi & Marie & Stephen Minnich Dugan Tillman-Brown
American Mammoth Jackstock Tony Crabb Mary Ellen Nicholas John & Leslie Wheelock
Registry Elyse Marie Grasso Byron Olson R. Wilson
Linda D. Barta Lisa & Stephen Grubb The Onota Foundation Terry & Judy Wollen
Charles & Maryann Bassett John Haftek Jr. Mike Palmer & Sue McAlister William J. Woods
F. James Becher Jr. Hamilton Rare Breeds Michael Anthony & Kayla Wright
Kristina Bielenberg Foundation Autumn Elizabeth Pena Melissa Wubben
Donald & Patricia Bixby Cheryl Hershberger David E. Pepe
Warwick P. Bonsal David & Millie Holderread Nathan Peters
I. Lehr Brisbin Ann Huebner-Waller Jim Reichardt
Corinna Bryant
Liz Crain
Ideal Poultry Breeding Farms
Elizabeth D. Jeffords
Susan Hope Schaberg
Christa B. Schmidt 91
Emily Davidson JPR Acres, LLC Shelley Schorsch Lifetime
Kelli Dunaj Michael T. Kovack Don Shadow
Bradley P. Edin Dennis V. Lange Linda L. Sherrill
Geoff Eldringhoff Live Laugh Love Life - The Ridgway F. Shinn III
Mark A. Fields Carly Imbierowicz Foundation Kerry W. & Kristen Skelton
Dielle Fleischmann David & Heather Loomis P. Allen Smith
Amy Goldman Fowler & Nick & Lisa Lynn Julianne S. Spears
Cary Fowler Jacqueline Badger Mars David W. Sperling
Jan French JoAnn C. McCall Ann Staples
Brian Larson & Ken & Oogie McGuire Michael & Kay Strauss
Jennifer Garrett Linda H. McKittrick Heidi Stucki &
Lou & Kelly Gonda Roger V. McMaster Philip Larson
Elizabeth P. Gordon Lyle G. McNeal Marcia V. Stucki
Gabrielle Gordon Stephen & Sally McVeigh Charles Taft
Mariel R. Goss John & Sharon Metzer Therry Vargas & Lindsey Koob

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Getting Noticed
Livestock Conservancy’s Jeannette Beranger and member Patricia Fore-
man were recognized by the Grow Network as “Changemakers” - just a
handful of the many women who are “powerful forces of change in the
world of gardening, natural food, and sustainability.”

The Grow Network is the online home

of a global network of people who are
producing their own food and medicine.
The purpose of the organization is to
stop the destruction of the Earth.

Tasting the Results

Heritage Foods USA, which sources meat
from Livestock Conservancy members, in-
troduced old-world prosciutto from Heritage
pork at Prosciutti for Tutti in New York City.
There, The Livestock Conservancy met the
prosciutto’s creator, Chef Cesare Castella, res-
taurateur, author, educator, and charcuterie
expert, known for his herb-inflected cuisine
and fresh ingredients that honor his Italian
roots. Attendees had the opportunity to taste
the diversity of heritage breed prosciutto
from Red Wattle and Tamworth pigs.

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Workshops & Talks
• American Poultry Association Meeting
• Elon University Food and Agriculture students (NC)
• Homegrown Food Summit
• Mother Earth Fairs in PA, KS, NC, TX, VT, OR
• Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference (TN)
• Seed Savers Exchange (IA)
• Young Farmer’s Conference (NY)
• World Pork Expo (IA)
• Central Carolina Community College (NC) Members,
• North Carolina Cooperative Extension (NC) directors and
• Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (NC) staff have shared
• Blue Ridge Red Poll Association / 15th International and presented
Red Poll Congress and Tour talks at many
• Ventura County Fair
fairs, clubs, and
local groups
around the

Board of Directors Staff

(as of June 30, 2018)

Rick Blaney Steve Kerns Alison Martin, PhD, Executive Director

Richard Browning Brian Larson Jeannette Beranger, Senior Program Manager
Jay Calvert Marie Minnich Michele Brane, Donor Information and Research Manager
Isabela Castaneda Elaine Shirley Charlene Couch, PhD, Program Coordinator
David Day Beth Tillman Dorothy Hammett, Administrative Assistant
Adam Dixon John Wilkes Deborah Niemann, Program Research Associate
Julie Gauthier Judy Wollen Angelique Thompson, Operations Director
Gabrielle Gordon Brice Yocum Katherine Walker, PhD, Saving Our Stories Intern
Drew Heltsley Ryan Walker, Marketing and Communications Manager

Governing the organization, committed to the

non-profit mission, Directors bring a wealth
D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD, Technical Advisor
of experience and expertise to the Board.

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A big THANK YOU! To our generous
volunteers who give their time to the

Layne Anderson Paul Henningson

Frank Arroyo Robles Emily Hilburger
Elaine Ashcraft Anna Hill
Suzanne Avery Lori Ierace
Kristen Bacon Valerie Kolaga
Lorinda Barnes Oogie McGuire
...and all of the
Fred Beranger Bill Meredith members who
Faith Berry Stephanie Meredith staff a booth at
Gene Brock Betsy Metheny their local fair
Verna Brock Wayne Metheny to represent the
Jess Brown Kevyn Miller Conservancy
Marissa Buchanan Anna Murray
Stephanie Buchanan Tony Nall
Cindy Cortis Sally Nantell
Paul Couch Emily Nyman
Therese Coucher Callene Rapp
Robert Dannels Eric Rapp
Constantino D’Elia Heidi Rheinhardt
Linda Derrickson Sandy Rieker
Michaelann Dimitri- Brit Ritchey
jevich Tim Safranski
Xenia Dixon Kendy Sawyer
Erin Feeney Mark Selby
Polly Festa Susan Sigmon
Patricia Foreman Wayne Singleton
Cabell Garbee II Jim Stephens
Paula Garner Susan Stringer
Amye Gulezian Rene Taylor
John Haftek Donna Walton-Gibbs
Sharon Hanna Kathy Zehr
Susan Harman
Jane Henningson

Inspiring Future Shepherds

The Youth Conservationist Program enables aspiring young shepherds to
experience the joys and responsibilities of raising and conserving heritage
breeds of wool sheep under the guidance of an adult mentor. Youth receive
a yearling ewe – for free! Breeder mentors help the recipients learn to care
for their sheep, breed to a registered ram, produce woolen items using the
fleece of their own animal, and promote and
show their particular breed of sheep. Past re-
cipients often continue as shepherds, and have
also become donors in the Youth Conservation-
ist Program. Organized by Livestock Conser-
vancy member and volunteer, Elaine Ashcraft,
this longstanding program gives away 10-15
donated sheep each year, many from Livestock
Conservancy members.

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Crevecouer chicken

Become a Conservation Champion

With regular, ongoing support from monthly donations, we
can continue to protect America’s rarest livestock and poul-
try breeds which are integral to our national identity and our
future generations.

Give a monthly gift!

Visit LivestockConservancy.org, call (919) 542-5704, or write to The Livestock Conservancy,

PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27312 for more information.