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American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

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The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 and headquartered in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Its mission is to protect "genetic diversity in livestock and poultry species through the conservation and promotion of endangered breeds."[1] ALBC maintains a list of breeds which are either becoming rare (some critically so) or else simply lack historical documentation. The conservation list published by ALBC is used by the SVF Foundation for the purpose of preserving genetic material from rare breeds.[2]

The ALBC is the foremost organization in North America involved in the preservation and promotion of rare breeds,[3] and has been instrumental in saving several livestock and poultry breeds, sometimes in concert with organizations such as the Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities or Slow Food USA. ALBC's conservation efforts include research on breed status and characteristics; developing breed specific strategies for conservation; maintaining a gene bank of rare breeds; strengthening the stewardship skills of breeders through various educational venues; and educating the public through workshops, conferences and publications.

In 2009, the ALBC set up an online classified advertisement system to help users find and purchase rare breeds. [4]

See also

  • Rare Breeds Survival Trust
  • Ark of Taste


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