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CURRENT NEWS RE: APA (ANIMAL PEDIGREE ACT)

http://www.producer.com/2014/04/breeders-irked-by-plan-to-revoke-pedigree-act/


The Animal Pedigree Act in its current form brings an integrity to the Canadian purebred livestock industry. As it stands the act provides a stringent framework under which associations and breed standards are formed. It is deeply concerning that individuals within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada would consider altering or repealing the act.
 
With regard specifically to rare breeds, there may be huge repercussions. Repealing the act could bring about the dissolution and or splintering of some breed associations -  as a result of that alone there is the strong possibility that the most vulnerable livestock breeds would simply disappear from all registries. Maintaining the conservation list, which is the basis of the majority of the work undertaken by Rare Breeds Canada might be problematic, if not impossible - differentiating between purebreds and "graded up" stock could become a thing of the past.
 
The list of negative impacts far outweighs the positive aspects in this instance. In essence, there is no need for the Act to be altered or repealed, it has served Canada well. Why "fix" something when it is not broken?

Rebecca Lange. RBC Goat Coordinator.
 
 



GOOD NEWS FROM TEMPLE NEWSHAM, UK.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/rural/farming/ensuring-the-survival-of-the-rarest-1-6557341


 


 
 
Check out these links to discover more about the controversy over NYC Carriage Horses....and what it might mean for working animals in the future.


http://bluestarequiculture.com/2014/01/28/nyc-carriage-horses/


http://bedlamfarm.com/2014/02/07/carriage-horses-and-seeing-eye-dogs-animals-work-and-abuse/

 
Rare Breeds Canada-Conserving Heritage Livestock

GOOD-NEWS UPDATE

"Judge throws out  Michigan ban on exotic Swine"

Go to the following to find out one farmer's story:

http://bakersgreenacres.com/


 

ALERT
An allegedly positive case of Scrapie has been discovered in a Dairy Goat Herd in Ontario.
For more details go to www.ogba.ca


 

 


Check out the website for the:



2014
International Year of Family Farming.


http://www.fao.org/family-farming-2014/en/


 

 

 

Click on the following to hear a 1991 CBC interview
hosted by Bill Richardson with (RBC) Joywinds Founder Jy (and Gail) Chiperzak


http://www.cbc.ca/player/Digital+Archives/CBC+Programs/Radio/Gabereau/ID/1750520154/

If you experience difficulty connecting please google the interview



 


 

Welcome to Rare Breeds Canada and Genesis the Journal of Rare Breeds Canada Conserving Heritage Livestock

Rare Breeds Canada is a federally registered charitable organization formed in 1987. We are working to conserve, monitor and promote heritage and rare breeds of Canadian farm animals.

Conservation takes many forms: we work to increase populations, encourage registration of pure stock, assist farmers to find breeding stock, educate the public, maintain a bank of rare semen and create networks so farmers can find and exchange stock and find markets for their produce.

Markets are developing for heritage meats–in many cases demand outstrips supply. Thanks to years of dedicated work by Livestock Conservation organization around the world, there is a glimmer of hope for heritage breeds. As long as we will eat them, farmers will keep them.

Many breeds that played a vital part in feeding Canadians in the past are still in danger of extinction. Our annual Conservation List takes the pulse of these fragile populations. Rare Breeds Canada also collects data in targeted census counts to understand population distribution.

Food security is an important issue in our conservation effort. The genetics of the older rustic breeds have qualities that are in demand now and may be invaluable in the future. Today’s industrial farming methods of intensification and specialization 

have put our food supply at risk by creating a dangerous dependency on a narrow genetic base and highly mechanized management.

Heritage breeds are thrifty, easy keepers– are disease resistant, birth easily, and have superior mothering abilities. Chefs and cheese 

makers all over the world are excited about the superior taste of heritage meat & dairy products.

Heritage breeds are ideally suited to organic and sustainable agriculture systems such as rotational grazing and natural, outdoor livestock housing. They complement smallholdings and can be equally successful commercially in the developing niche markets for conscientious consumers.

Robert Lynch's Line Back Cattle coming home for the winter.

    

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