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ALBC E-News                 September 2010

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Don't forget to take advantage of ALBC's early registration rate for the ALBC conference. Members registering on or before September 30th receive a discounted rate of $149, which is $20 off the regular rate.

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Apply now for the Southern SARE producer grants for farmers, ranchers, and producer organizations. Any farmer/rancher or producer in the U.S. Southern Region can apply for grants for up to $10,000 for individual producers and $15,000 for producer organizations. The deadline to apply is November 15th, 2010. For more information, click here.

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With the help of poultry master breeder Don Schrider, ALBC is in the process of updating and completing all of its chicken breed profiles. There are more than 50 chicken breeds on the ALBC Conservation Priority List, making it a time-consuming process to document the history and characteristics of each breed.

The most recent profiles completed are for the Oriental chicken breeds. Check out the profiles for the:

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ALBC recently completed Selecting Your Best Turkeys for Breeding, the second publication in a series of Master Breeder publications that document and codify breeding protocols using the methods of established master breeders and other library and historical resources.  

Just in time for fall, this publication provides the needed knowledgebase for those producers that want to take the next step from just growing out poults for the holidays to becoming successful conservation breeders. This is a great learning tool for producers with some experience with rare breeds who want to improve their breeding skills and the quality of their flocks. The materials are suited for beginning and intermediately skilled breeders.

ALBC worked with experienced turkey breeders Frank Reese and Danny Williamson to develop the guide. Phil Sponenberg provided genetic and conservation breeding background. Research was also conducted by ALBC programs staff. 

ALBC is in the process of developing similar pieces for waterfowl, rabbits, and pigs.


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Why should the average consumer care about saving rare breeds? Here are a few talking points to help you share their importance with others. Heritage breeds:

Promote biodiversity: When buying rare breed products, you make a statement in favor of genetic diversity in agriculture. Each breed has unique genetics, offering variety and biodiversity to our food and biological systems.

Help ensure the future of agriculture: One in five breeds of farm animals is in danger of extinction. By choosing heritage breeds, you help create a market for these animals - helping to ensure they are saved from extinction and passed to the next generation.

Are tasty: These breeds are naturally flavorful, moist, and succulent. Industrial breeds are bred for maxiumum output, often overlooking characteristics like - taste!

Offer security for our food system: Our food system is founded on a very narrow genetic base. As new illnesses, diseases, or changes influence our food system, we need the variety and diversity found in heritage breeds in order to adapt.

Reflect our agricultural heritage: These breeds were raised by our forefathers. They embody histories, cultures, and traditions that tell of our past. Let's preserve these traditions for our future.

Provide Options: These different breeds fit different environmental and agricultural niches and that translates into options as agriculture changes, and choices for farmers who want to do things a little differently.

There are many reasons to preserve heritage breeds. Share your ideas or thoughts by emailing,

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Sept 25 – 26 -The First Annual Mother Earth News Fair will be held at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort outside Pittsburgh, PA. An ALBC booth will be at the event and staff will be doing a variety of workshops on Heritage Chickens, Heritage Turkeys, rare breeds in general, and more. More info

Sept 25 – 26 - The Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival will be held at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby, OR. The festival includes workshops, demonstrations, livestock shows, seminars, and activities for kids. More info

Oct 3 – 5 - The Chefs Collaborative National Summit will be held in Boston, MA. This event brings together chefs and members of the food community to share expertise and ideas, while inspiring action towards a more sustainable food system! More info 

Oct 9 - The Northeast Highland Cattle Association's Annual Fall Gathering and Show will at the Mallary Arena on the Big E Fairgrounds in West Springfield, MA.
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October 15 –17 - The Northeast Animal-Power Field Days will be held at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds in Tunbridge, VT. The theme of this year’s event is “Connecting to the Broad Community of Interest in Draft-Animal Power.” More info

October 22 – 24 - The American Red Poll Association Annual Membership Meeting and National Sale will be held in Little Rock, AR. More info

November 3 – 5 - The American Cream Draft Horse Association Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the 18th Annual Small Farm Trade Show in Columbia, MO. For more information, contact 

Check the ALBC Event Calendar for more upcoming events.

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