Odd isn't it? That meat eaters want to help save animals. No, not really when you actually think about it. Most these animals would not matter to people if it wasn't for the hunters and the meat eating farmers and homesteaders. Conservation by eating. Maybe it does sound strange to some people. I know back in the day it would have to me. But now, no. . . it makes sense.
If you are not going to eat them, what do you do with them? You can not breed without population control, or your land would become overwhelmed with your livestock. You control the pet population by "fixing", but when it comes to livestock, the only reasonable option is edible. Most people that wish to help save a rare breed of livestock, do not have the funding to allow them to wonder around their backyards. So profit needs to be made while you help bring a breed back from near extinction. And I really doubt too many people would be willing to pay a cover charge to come out to your land to look at the breed. These statements are not meant for the majority of you that read this blog. This is a statement to those of you that come here to criticize and be down right awful because I butcher my own meat.
Now on to why I brought this up. Monica made a post the other day about the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. Honestly I had not heard of them before, so I went and took a look. They have lists! Oh joy! I have been looking at rare breed milking cows, and now I now what ones I should prioritize in my look.
I was thinking about getting a Dexter or three, they are on the recovery list. Now I am looking at the Florida Cracker or the milking Devon. Here is were I will need more research to decide which is better for my family and my land.
I have also discovered while looking through the list that I have several animals already there, such as our sheep named Donkey, our goose, and some of our new chickens.
Do you find any of your livestock on the list?
Climbing down my Kansas made soapbox. ;)