About RBST

Between 1900 and 1973, the United Kingdom lost 26 of its native breeds. This was caused by changing farming methods and a much more intensive approach to food production. Even though many of the UK's native breeds were no longer considered economically valuable for the mass production of food, their many other important attributes such as adaptation to the local environment, the genetic diversity they represented and their close links to our livestock history and cultural heritage were recognised by a group of pioneering individuals. This led to the formation of Rare Breeds Survival Trust to help conserve and safeguard Britain's remaining native breeds from extinction. Since the trusts formation in 1973 no other native livestock breed has become extinct in the UK.

RBST has its headquarters at the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire and we have 2 Field Officers who travel the country promoting rare breeds and supporting owners. RBST’s work is also supported by a network of volunteer support groups which represent RBST at shows and events and fundraise for the charity. We need to raise over £700,000 a year just to maintain our current work and we have several projects waiting for funding. Any support you can give will be much appreciated.

Rare Breeds Survival Trust Mission Statement

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust is the leading national charity working to conserve and protect the United Kingdom’s rare native breeds of farm animals from extinction. We believe in the value of the UK’s rich and varied livestock heritage and that this needs to be conserved as a vital genetic resource for future generations and the benefit of agriculture.

Our Vision

  • To secure the continued existence and viability of the UK’s native farm animal genetic resources, so enabling farmers to meet the challenge of sustainable farming in an era of climate change and increasing cost pressures.
  • A variety of food and farming products for consumers derived from sustainable livestock production systems.

Our Mission

  • Promote knowledge and the keeping of registered UK rare breed livestock.
  • Monitor the populations of native breeds and take action where necessary.
  • Support and encourage responsible breeding programmes.
  • Maintain and develop our Gene Bank of rare native breeds.
  • Support and participate in research.
  • Influence governments to ensure that there is a clear understanding of the issue of genetic diversity and the importance of conservation.
  • Work with governments to minimise the impact of disease outbreaks.

RBST Trustees

Chris Ball

Chris Ball

RBST Trustee

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Sandra Mansell

Sandra Mansell

RBST Trustee

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Guy Kiddy

Guy Kiddy

RBST Trustee

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Martin Anderson

Martin Anderson

RBST Treasurer

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Dr Richard Small

Dr Richard Small

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Peter Titley

Peter Titley

RBST President

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Charles Castle

Charles Castle

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Viki Mills

Viki Mills

RBST Trustee

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Gail Sprake

Gail Sprake

RBST Chairman

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Kate Kay

Kate Kay

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Jeff Clarke

Jeff Clarke

RBST Vice Chairman

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