Indigenous Herders and Small Farmers Fight Livestock Extinction

The industrial model of livestock production is causing the worldwide destruction of animal diversity. At least one indigenous livestock breed becomes extinct each month as a result of overreliance on select breeds imported from the United States and Europe, according to the study, “The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources,” conducted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Since research for the report began in 1999, 2,000 local breeds have been identified as at risk.

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Here are the urban homestead not only are we passionate about heirloom seeds but also heirloom or heritage animals.    If Jordanne could she have a farm (with a red barn of course) filled with endangered poultry and livestock — sorta an ark or sanctuary.  That could still happen one day, you never know since places of refuge are going to be needed more than ever.   Of course, I would love to join her helping to run the place.  My only stipulate that I be able to plant heritage fruit trees.

Anyhow back to the destruction of animal diversity, here’s a post along with a video link that talks about saving heritage breeds.

When it came time to purchase our backyard flock and livestock we made sure that they were not your common breeds.   In fact a few are even on the endangered watch list – Khaki Campbell Ducks, Nigerian Dwarf Goat, Cochin Chickens to name a few.

How many of you are already keeping heritage breeds in your backyard barnyard.  Care to share?


  1. GarlicMan76458 says:

    It is extremely important to preserve diversity in our livestock. After helping The Path to Freedom, if anyone would like to help The Endangered Hog Foundation after their tragic fire, they can be reached at:

    also more information at the parent website:

    I have no connection to them… I read about this on the Slow Food blog.

  2. farm mom says:

    I share Jordanne’s passion for heritage breeds. We raise Narragansett turkeys, Cayuga Ducks and Silver Grey Dorking chickens, all considered threatened by the ALBC. Great post guys!! 🙂

  3. Alida says:

    I have some black stars , red stars….they lay brown eggs. I have about 14 hens +1 rooster…..I think they are awesome. WE have 6 eggs since Sunday. They are helping us have fresh food instead of store bought. Inspirational Chicks

  4. Ellen says:

    We have khaki campbell ducks. We have two drakes and three females. We hope to get have some ducklings this summer!

  5. Talithia says:

    We have 2 khaki campbell ducks and 1 drake. When I start my coffee in the morning our 1 named Sassy quakes so loud to get my attention that I run out to feed them. I live in the city and don’t want problems with neighbors. She has me very well trained. Would love to read more about your chickens and ducks and how many you have to have given you so many eggs this year. PS your link to picture gallery is not working it goes to an error message. Kindness

  6. Elizabeth says:

    We rescued and adopted a fine assortment of hens, roosters and turkeys who all happily free range on our little 3/4 acre hilltop in Nanoose Bay. We have little soil as this house is built on a shale hilltop but we still have raised beds, a greenhouse and happy chickens running around. The neighbours don’t complain bless them (we’re technically not allowed livestock) even when the boys have a crowing festival. We’ve got dark brahmas, bronze turkeys, silkies, Rhode Island red hens, one brown hen, an araucana hen and a few odd crosses that have been hatched. This year we plan to raise more chicks and maybe put aside a separate area with a run so we can have one pure breed of heritage birds rather than mixing them all up as they are at present. Still, though they may not all be pure bred they are happy and we love them.

  7. Ms Anon says:

    We have three Khaki Campbell ducks in our backyard in Phoenix, AZ. They give us 21 eggs every week! We share them with family and friends.

  8. Miss Dallas says:

    I love my two White Delaware hens! We’ve vowed to only keep endangered and heritage breeds at our Dallas, Texas, urban homestead.

  9. Nicole says:

    We have 1/4 acre in Oregon and we have a Khaki Campbell hen, 2 dwarf Nigerian does and several Cochin hens along with an assortment of other hens, mostly mixed varieties. We aren’t supposed to have any of them since we’re in town but the neighbors don’t complain as long as I bribe them with fresh eggs and homemade bread.

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