RBST Chief Executive Christopher Price comments on Welsh Government’s native breeds proposals


“Today’s proposals show that Welsh Government is now really leading the way among the governments of the UK in developing policy that recognises and acts on the critical importance of native breeds of livestock and equines for the future of food, farming and the environment.


“Today’s Sustainable Farming Scheme proposals include a number of new actions that RBST recommended to promote and support native breeds of livestock and equines and maximise the economic, environmental and social benefits of these breeds in Wales. These proposals include support for farmers with native breeds including selling more directly to customers and promoting genetic health, as well as support for the use of native breeds to develop and maintain natural habitats and increase biodiversity.


“Native breeds are the ultimate ecosystem service providers, they have been bred for our landscapes and there is great potential to increase the important benefits they already deliver across the UK. We are delighted that Welsh Government is seizing this opportunity to create policy that will allow Wales to capitalise on these benefits and we look forward to working with the Minister for Rural Affairs and her team to turn these proposals into action on the ground.”

The Welsh Government’s proposals can be found here :  Sustainable Farming Scheme Outline Proposals for 2025,

7th July 2022