Rare Breeds Survival Trust

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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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