Rare Breeds Survival Trust
|Legal status||Registered charity|
|Purpose||Conservation of native livestock breeds of the United Kingdom|
Chief executive officer
Director of finance
|Remarks||Charity no. 269442|
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) is a conservation charity whose purpose is to secure the continued existence and viability of the native farm animal genetic resources (FAnGR) of the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1973 by Joe Henson to preserve native breeds; since then, no UK-native breed has become extinct.
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.
RBST supports the marketing of meat from rare breeds through the Traditional Breeds Meat Marketing Company, founded in 2003.
- Similar organizations
- The Livestock Conservancy
- Ark of Taste
- Cobthorn Trust
- Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung alter und gefährdeter Haustierrassen
- Rita and William Vandivert (1982), "ch. 7 - Joe Henson and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust", To the Rescue: Seven Heroes of Conservation, p. 89, ISBN 0723262152
- Charity Commission. Rare Breeds Survival Trust, registered charity no. 269442.
- Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list accessed June 2016
- Rare Breeds Survival Trust approved farm parks accessed February 2012
- Prince's gift to rare breeds project accessed 25 May 2008