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Rare farm breeds make modest come back

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The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that many hobby farmers in western states are forming a network to preserve endangered livestock -- breeds which have fallen out of favor for one reason or another. The article includes pictures of several rare Jacob Sheep, once much prized for its multi-colored wool

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The American Livestock Breed Conservancy website is here:
http://www.albc-usa.org/
and Rare Breeds Canada is here:
http://www.trentu.ca/rarebreedscanada/

Rare livestock breeds are both a source of heritage (such as my favorite Canadian Horse, http://www.imh.org/imh/bw/canada.html) and of valuable genetic diversity in an increasingly reduced and uniform selection of livestock. They're also a useful investment for the small farm, which has to work harder to sell its product and stay competative.

Melissa "MelSkunk" Drake

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