Raising heritage breeds of livestock is a great way to preserve history while enjoying superior animals. Learn about some of our favorite breeds the fun way: with a slideshow of cute baby animals!
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
Following are just some of the cute baby animals from heritage breeds featured in the video above. Read more about heritage breeds — including types and reasons to seek them out — in the articles linked to below.
Spanish goats – Spanish goats are often crossed with commercial goats to produce the ultimate meat animal that is resistant to parasites.
Dexter cattle – The Dexter is a small tri-purpose cow perfect for small homesteads.
Gulf Coast sheep – Gulf Coast sheep are among the oldest American breeds and are famous for their ability to thrive in hot and humid climates.
American Buff geese – The American Buff goose is known for its gentle and friendly nature.
Miniature donkeys – The Miniature donkey has become a popular pet in the United States but is still relatively rare in its native Sicily.
Pineywoods cattle – The Pineywoods cow is a Colonial Spanish breed native to the woods and swamps of the deep south.
Red Wattle pigs – The Red Wattle is a large breed developed from feral hog populations from the state of Texas.
Santa Cruz horses – The Santa Cruz is among the rarest horse breeds in the world with less than 50 in existence today.
American Chinchilla rabbits – The American Chinchilla rabbit was created to have fur resembling its namesake, the Chinchilla of South America.
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