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The Livestock Conservancy is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting endangered livestock and poultry breeds from extinction. In this podcast, rare breed livestock and poultry experts share their best advice, challenges, and celebrations in chats about agriculture history, scientific breakthroughs, marketing, husbandry, genetics, farm life, and everything in between. Each month features a new species listed on the Conservation Priority List and new guests who share their stories about raising an ...
 
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Happy Wooly Wednesday! Today we're launching our Wrap It Up Shawl Challenge with Margaret Radcliffe, who will be leading this new fiber challenge. Learn more about the challenge, Margaret, and the best breeds to use for shawls in our video. Register for the new fiber challenge on our website at https://bit.ly/SE2SEShawls Be sure to join before onli…
 
This episode we introduce you to Dr. Mark Thorne the Range specialist at the the University of Hawaii who discusses the two-lined spittle bug and it's impact on rangelands in Hawaii, as well as it's potential impact on the states land as a whole. Contact information: Dr. Mark Thorne Hawaii Cattlemen's Council Thank you for tuning into this podcast …
 
Welcome to our first Cattle Chat this month! We're excited to talk with John Hall about his American Milking Devons. John L. Hall III is a 10th generation farmer and owner of Maple Breeze Farm (http://www.maplebreezefarm.com/) in Westbrook, CT. John’s family has raised American Milking Devon Cattle on the farm in Westbrook continuously since 1635. …
 
We're winding down our celebrations of International Heritage Breeds Week with special guest Libby Henson, the co-director and co-founder of Grassroots Systems Ltd. (https://home.grassroots.co.uk/), a pedigree software. Libby has been involved in pedigree livestock breeding and the conservation of rare breeds of farm livestock all her life. Her dad…
 
On Monday, May 17 at George Washington's Mount Vernon in Virginia (https://www.mountvernon.org/), the United States Postal Service and The Livestock Conservancy celebrated the first day of issue of heritage breed stamps. Speakers included Alison Martin, executive Director of The Livestock Conservancy, George Washington, and stamp photographer Eliza…
 
Welcome to another Wooly Wednesday! This month our special guest is Katya Ekimian, a recent graduate of The Parsons School of Design. Cindra will be chatting with her about about rare wool, processing, and her latest projects. Katya holds a BFA in fashion design and is a knitwear designer hoping to reimagine our fashion system through greater cultu…
 
Welcome to our first International Species Chat! This week we're talking with Dr. Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez Galvan and D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, Ph.D.Guadalupe teaches at the Autonomous University of Chiapas in Mexico. She holds a Zootechnical Veterinary Medicine from UNACH, a Master in Tropical Agroecology from UNACH, a Master in Agroecology Soc…
 
This episode we introduce you to Dr. Jenee Odani the Veterinarian at the University of Hawaii-CTAHR Extension. Dr. Odani talks a little bit about her background, how she came to be the veterinarian at the University of Hawaii, the importance of having a herd health plan and why biosecurity is so important to livestock producers in Hawaii. Thank you…
 
Welcome to the next edition of Marketing Monday! This week, Rhyne and Brittany are excited to welcome special guest Jon Jackson of Stag Vets, Inc. (https://www.stagvetsinc.org/), and Comfort Farms (@ComfortFarms on Facebook). Army veteran and farmer Jon Jackson established Comfort Farms in 2014 as the first project of his nonprofit Stag Vets, Inc. …
 
We're back with another Rabbit Chat with special guests Callene and Eric Rapp. They're the owner-operators of The Rare Hare Barn, LLC, the largest heritage-breed meat-rabbit enterprise in the U.S. (www.rareharebarn.com). Over the course of their operation, they have provided rabbit fryers to 50 different restaurants all over the country, and curren…
 
Welcome to our Rabbit Chat with Eric Stewart! Eric Stewart, from Knox, P.A., has been breeding rabbits for 35 years and is the Executive Director for the American Rabbit Breeders Association (https://arba.net/). In addition to having raised several breeds over the years, including some now categorized as Rare Breeds, he is also a licensed ARBA Judg…
 
Welcome to our first Rabbit Chat with Caleb Smith! Caleb Smith is the 16-year-old visionary behind Peacebunny Island (https://www.peacebunnyisland.com/), an animal sanctuary where he trains rescued and rare heritage-breed rabbits to become comfort animals. His business includes a fostering program that has involved nearly 500 families; a Peacebunny…
 
Welcome to another Chicken Chat! This week we're excited to chat with veterinarian Julie Gauthier.Julie grew up in Michigan, where she studied at Michigan State University to become a veterinarian. While working in mixed animal practice in Florida and in Connecticut, she studied anthropology at the University of West Florida, and earned a Master’s …
 
Welcome to our fourth Swine Chat! This week we're excited to welcome Cathy R. Payne and Seth Wright to chat about American Guinea Hogs! Cathy R. Payne first learned about The Livestock Conservancy in 2008. When she retired from teaching in 2010 and started a sustainable farm, she decided to focus on heritage breeds. She became a member and raised K…
 
Welcome to Swine Chats! We are excited to talk about Red Wattle pigs with special guests Kathy Bottorff of the Red Wattle Hog Association (https://www.redwattle.com/) and Andrea Van der Wel of Sades Acres a small family-owned market farm selling pork, chicken and eggs in Lexington, Kentucky. "Saving and Raising Red Wattle hogs has become our priori…
 
Welcome to our first Swine Chat! This week we are excited to welcome Ian Thompson to chat about how the Choctaw Hog has influenced the Choctaw Nation. Ian Thompson began learning how to chip stone arrowheads from his uncle at the age of seven. Through his youth, Ian learned a variety of Choctaw traditional arts including hidework and archery. Balan…
 
Welcome to Chicken Chats! This week we're excited to welcome Tilly and her mom Gabrielle from their farm's egg stand. Tilly received a 2020 Youth Microgrant to help expand her flock of rare breed chickens for her growing egg business. Each package of eggs comes with a custom label to educate customers about her heritage breeds. Find more from The L…
 
Welcome to this week's Chicken Chat with special guest Christine Heinrichs!Christine Heinrichs writes from her home on California’s Central Coast. She keeps a backyard flock of a dozen hens, seven large fowl of various breeds and five bantams. Her book, "How to Raise Chickens," was first published in 2007, just as the local food movement was starti…
 
Welcome to another edition of Chicken Chats! This week we're excited to chat with Aharon Sasson to talk about chickens and Archaeology work at the San Diego Presidio in California.Aharon is the co-director of the San Diego Zooarchaeology Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Archaeology/Zooarchaeology from Tel Aviv University, and has studied faunal…
 
Welcome to our first Chicken Chat this month! We're excited to welcome Tom Watkins, President and co-owner of Murray McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa.Tom and his father-in-law and hatchery co-owner, Bud Wood, are building on the company’s 104 year-old legacy of hatching the highest quality baby poultry in the U.S. Tom manages day-to-day oper…
 
We're excited to kickoff our first Wooly Wednesday with Sarah Anderson, author of "The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs," available from Storey Publishing (https://www.storey.com/.../the-spinners-book-of-yarn.../) Sarah Anderson learned to knit at a very young age and has been hooked on the fiber crafts ever since. She taught herself to spin at 13, b…
 
Our host Brittany Sweeney is excited to kick off our first Sheep Chat, The Livestock Conservancy's Program Coordinator. Cindra was born with a farming spirit and a passion for livestock, as Program Coordinator for The Livestock Conservancy, I get to feed my interests while working daily to secure rare breeds of livestock and poultry through farmer …
 
Welcome to our fourth Sheep Chat! This week we're excited to chat with Lexie Hain, co-founder of the American Solar Grazing Association. Lexie Hain is co-founder of the American Solar Grazing Association. A farm owner in New York State since 2005, Lexie started with a small homestead and transitioned to owner and operator of a specialty plant nurse…
 
Welcome to our third Sheep Chat! We're excited to be chatting with Lisa Pregent about Hog Island Sheep. Lisa Pregent is the Livestock Manager at George Washington’s Mount Vernon (https://www.mountvernon.org/). She runs a nationally recognized breeding program for rare, heritage breeds and was featured in Washingtonian Magazine for her efforts in th…
 
On this weeks chat, we're excited to welcome a very special panel guests with Nikyle Begay, Zefren Anderson, Rose and Eugene Vigil, and Cyndi Dvergsten to talk about the Navajo-Churro sheep. Zefren Anderson is a Dine/Navajo Weaver from the Four Corners Region of the Navajo Nation. Both of Zefren’s grandmothers hail from weaving traditions of the Di…
 
On this edition of Marketing Monday, we're excited to welcome John Metzer of Metzer Farms (https://www.metzerfarms.com/) to chat about the business side of running a family-owned farm and hatchery. As part of the Marketing Monday Facebook Live series, we'll talk about marketing challenges for rare breeds and the best tools and resources to help. Fi…
 
Welcome to our first Goose Chat! This month we're celebrating heritage breed geese. Our special guest today is Ellie Mocker of Holly Hill Ranch (@HollyHillRanch) in Maryland. Ellie raises both Roman and Cotton Patch geese from the Conservation Priority List. Thanks to everyone for tuning in today! Here are some links from the chat: #MyGooseIsCooked…
 
Welcome to our third Turkey Chat! Today we are chatting with several exceptional individuals who lead The Livestock Conservancy's charge to conserve heritage turkeys in America following a 1997 census revealing only 1,400 breeding birds of all combined varieties were left in the U.S. We'll discuss the turkey’s great comeback from a crisis that coul…
 
Welcome to our second Turkey Chat! We're excited to talk turkey this month with you. Our special guest this week is Frank R. Reese, Jr. of Good Shepherd Farm. Frank is an important Master Breeder of rare turkeys and helped The Livestock Conservancy write both of our turkey manuals.Leave us a message if you've got turkey questions you'd like answere…
 
Welcome to our first Turkey Chat! We're excited to talk turkey this month with you. Our special guest this week is Zane Graham from Fall Fire Farm (@FallFireFarm), a conservation facility specializing in rare heritage turkeys that are disappearing into extinction. Their goal is to educate people about the value of heritage turkeys and get quality e…
 
Welcome to our final Goat Chat this month! Our resident goat experts, Dr. Phil Sponenberg and Deborah Niemann-Boehle are ready to take your questions. Dr. Phil Sponenberg has served as Technical Advisor to the Livestock Conservancy since 1978, providing counsel and mentorship to staff, breeders, breed associations, scholars, and NGO partners. He wa…
 
Thank you for tuning in to our third Goat Chat! Our special guests today are John Carroll and Chad Wegener of the San Clemente Island Goat Foundation and their goat ambassador Taco. For this edition, we'll chat about the history of this critically-endangered goat and how a breed association can help people interested in raising goats. Learn more ab…
 
Thank you for tuning in to our second Goat Chat! Our special guest today is Renard Turner of Vanguard Ranch Natural Gourmet. For this edition of Goat Chats Renard will cover how goats fit into sustainable food habits, the importance of raising animals naturally, and the best pasture for goats. Learn more about Renard and his free-range Myotonic mea…
 
Welcome to our first Goat Chat! We're excited to chat about all things goat this month. Our special guest this week is Patrick Martins from Heritage Foods USA (https://heritagefoods.com/). We'll talk about heritage breed food products, Goatober, no goat left behind, best goat cuts, and goat recipes.Leave us a message if you've got horse questions y…
 
Welcome to our final Horse chat!We're excited to saddle up and continue chatting about all things equine with our special guest this week Angelia Silvera, and Senior Program Manager Charlene Couch! As the Donkey Listener, Angelia works with all three of the donkey breeds on our Conservation Priority List: American Mammoth Jackstock, Poitou, and Min…
 
Welcome to our fourth Horse chat!We're excited to saddle up and continue chatting about all things equine with our special guest this week Ken Murray, and Senior Program Manager Charlene Couch! Ken works with American Cream Draft horses at Workhorse Ranch and Olde Tyme Carriage Co. in Texas (https://www.workhorseranch.com/).Leave us a message if yo…
 
Welcome to our third Horse chat!We're excited to saddle up and continue chatting about all things equine with our special guest this week Steve Edwards and Senior Program Manager Charlene Couch! Steve works with Colonial Spanish horses at Gwaltney Frontier Farm in Virginia (https://www.millswampindianhorses.com/).Leave us a message if you've got ho…
 
Welcome to our second Horse chat!We're excited to saddle up and continue chatting about all things equine with our special guest this week Christy Reich and Senior Program Manager Charlene Couch! Christy works with Colonial Spanish Santa Cruz horses at El Campeon Farms in California (https://www.santacruzislandhorse.com/).Leave us a message if you'…
 
We're excited to saddle up and kick off our horse month by chatting about all things equine with our special guest this week Gabrielle Gordon and Senior Program Manager Charlene Couch! Gabrielle is the President of the Cleveland Bay Horse Society North America and will be discussing efforts to help this critically endangered horse breed (http://www…
 
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