May 29, 2009
As the owner of one of the satellite herds of Pineywoods cattle Mary Pennick spoke of, I was thrilled to see your feature on them on Ag Day. Education and awareness of rare breeds and their plight is one of the most critical steps toward ensuring their survival.
However, there are over a hundred breeds with the same story, and for every breed, a dozen stories of the individual farmers who have dedicated themselves to their preservation. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has been involved in the conservation and promotion of these breeds for over thirty years. They have provided information about the status of these breeds and a real look at how much genetic erosion has occurred, as well as information for people interested in helping to conserve them.
The website is albc-usa.org and I would encourage you to contact them. As a member of the organization, and the Chair of the Board of Directors, I would also be happy to provide information or answer questions. I can be reached at 316 259 4262 or firstname.lastname@example.org
My husband and I are both fans of Ag Day and watch every morning. Thank you for your excellent programming and giving the farmers a voice.
The phone number for ALBC is 919-542-5704.
Callene and Eric Rapp www.rareharebarn.com