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Rare Breed Survival Trust

An excellent organisation actively promoting the rare breeds of our domestic and semi-domestic farm animals.

Their need has largely come about through the virtual takeover of factory farming - farmers only choosing to rear animals that put on weight quickly and follow the modern fashion for very lean meat. This is often at the expense of flavour. From the culinary point of view, the breeds most at risk are as follows -

Chickens: Derbyshire Redcap, Dorking, Ixworth, Indian/Cornish Game, Old English Pheasant Fowl, Orpington, Scots Dumpy, Scots Grey.

Goats: Bagot, Golden Guernsey.

Cattle: Irish Moiled, Shetland, Vaynol - all Critical.

Lincoln Red (original population), Aberdeen Angus (original population), Gloucester, White Park - all Endangered

Beef Shorthorn, Red Poll, Hereford (original population), and the Ferral Chillington - all Vulnerable

Pigs: British Lop, Tamworth - both Endangered

Berkshire, Large Black - Vulnerable

British Saddleback, Gloucestershire Old Spot, Middle White - At Risk

Cumberland, Lincolnshire Curly Coated, Ulster White and Yorkshire Blue - all already extinct.

Sheep: Boreray, Castlemilk Moorit - both Critical

Leicester Longwool, Norfolk Horn, Teeswater - all Endangered

Whitefaced Woodland, Balwen, Cotswold, North RonaldsayPortland, Soay, Manx Loghtan - all Vulnerable

For more information contact - www.rare-breeds.com

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