Our work conserving rare native breeds benefits everyone in the country, although most people give little thought to farming, our rich agricultural heritage and the native breeds that could play an important role in future landscape management and food security. 

“If the Suffolk Dun had survived, it might have had a great impact on today’s dairy industry – even 150 years ago, the “cows of Suffolk though subjected to careless treatment, and supported on the most common kinds of food, are scarcely surpassed by any other in their power of yielding abundant milk”.

Limestone Sheep – “otherwise known as the Silverdale or Farleton Crag was a unique hill breed. It combined hardiness with high wool quality and an ability to give birth at different times of the year in a way that no modern hill breed can do”.

The Lincolnshire Curly Coat – “robust, outdoor pig with a coat of long white quite unlike that of any other British breed”. The breed became extinct in 1972 when the last pigs were sent to slaughter yet they would have been invaluable in extensive outdoor farming systems.

The Lincolnshire Curly Coated Pig - Rural History Centre

This is why our work matters. Go to Conservation Projects to find out more about what we are doing to conserve our rare breeds and if you want to support these projects, donate now or become a member. Perhaps you are interested in keeping rare breed livestock. Why not contact one of our Field Officers or the Conservation Team to ask about which breeds would be suitable for your situation? Contact