Rare Breeds Survival Trust

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Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Logo of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Formation 1973
Type Conservation charity
Legal status Registered charity
Purpose Conservation of native livestock breeds of the United Kingdom
Location
  • Stoneleigh Park
    Nr. Kenilworth
    Warwickshire CV8 2LG
Coordinates 52°20′23″N 1°31′27″W / 52.3398°N 1.5243°W / 52.3398; -1.5243Coordinates: 52°20′23″N 1°31′27″W / 52.3398°N 1.5243°W / 52.3398; -1.5243
Region served United Kingdom
Chief executive officer Tom Beeston
Director of finance Denise Chillcott
Conservation officer Claire Barber
Website www.rbst.org.uk
Remarks Charity no. 269442
An English Longhorn cow

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) is a conservation charity[1] whose purpose is to secure the continued existence and viability of the United Kingdom’s native farm animal genetic resources (FAnGR). It was founded in 1973 to preserve native breeds; since then, no UK-native breed has become extinct.

It maintains a watch list of the United Kingdom's rarest breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, goats and poultry,[2] and an approved list of farm parks.[3]

Projects have included the collection of genetic material to ensure the future of rare breeds in a farm animal "gene bank". This project received publicity in the wake of the foot-and-mouth disease crisis in the UK and was supported by the Prince of Wales.[4]

RBST supports the marketing of meat from rare breeds through the Traditional Breeds Meat Marketing Company, founded in 2003.

Designated breeds[edit]

Cattle[edit]

Critical:

Endangered:

  • N/A

Vulnerable:

At Risk:

Minority:

Other Native Breeds:

Sheep[edit]

Critical:

Endangered:

Vulnerable:

At Risk:

Minority:

Pigs[edit]

Critical:

  • N/A

Endangered:

Vulnerable:

At Risk:

Minority:

Other Native Breeds:

Goats[edit]

Critical:

  • N/A

Endangered:

Vulnerable:

  • N/A

At Risk:

  • N/A

Minority:

Horses and ponies[edit]

Critical:

Endangered:

Vulnerable:

  • Semi-Feral Pony

At Risk:

Minority:

Other Native Breeds:

Poultry[edit]

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust poultry watchlist includes chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. They are not categorised by degree of numerical rarity.[5][6]

Chickens[edit]

Ducks[edit]

Geese[edit]

Turkeys[edit]

See also[edit]

Similar organizations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rare Breeds Survival Trust, Registered Charity no. 269442 at the Charity Commission
  2. ^ Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list accessed February 2012
  3. ^ Rare Breeds Survival Trust approved farm parks accessed February 2012
  4. ^ Prince's gift to rare breeds project accessed 25th May 2008
  5. ^ "RBST watchlist 2013". Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Poultry Breeds at Risk". Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Retrieved 17 July 2014. 

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