Why Do You Value Your Heritage Breed Livestock?

Reader Contribution by Staff
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What type of heritage breed livestock would you recommend to
other readers, and what makes it so special?

Heritage breeds, also known as traditional livestock breeds,
are those which are threatened due to the changing nature of conventional
agriculture (learn more at the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy website). Angus cattle are raised en masse for their qualities attractive to
large scale meat producers. Holsteins are the
cow of choice for industrial dairy operations. But there is a broad spectrum of
livestock breeds out there that represent the critical biodiversity of animal
agriculture in general. Heritage breeds are a piece of history, after all, and
many are in grave danger of dying out, despite their long list of admirable
qualities and adaptability to the small farm and homestead setting.

We’ve discussed the benefits of raising heritage breeds many
a time (Why
You Should Care About Heritage Breeds
, Saving
Heritage Breeds
, Homesteading
with Heritage Breeds
), but we’d like to hear from you. Why do you so value
your heritage animals?