Rare Heritage Breeds

Rare Heritage Livestock

Animals on the endangered species list are generally wild animals. And usually they are there because of hunting, loss of habitat, or pollution. If we leave these animals alone and they generally come back. Rare Heritage (Endangered species of Livestock) only exist on...

Bourbon Red Turkey : Threatened : Slow Ark Food of Taste

Bourbon Red Turkey : Threatened : Slow Ark Food of Taste

The Bourbon Red turkey is named for Bourbon County in Kentucky’s Bluegrass region where it originated in the late 1800’s. It was ambitiously selected and promoted for utility traits, a heavy breast and richly flavored meat. The Bourbon Red was an important commercial...

Light Brahma: Recovering

Light Brahma: Recovering

Often referred to as the “King of All Poultry,” the Brahma chicken is appreciated for its great size, strength, and vigor. By 1901 some individual birds were documented to have reached the incredible weights of 17 to 18.25 pounds for cocks. Brahmas are large chickens...

Black Australorps: Recovering

Black Australorps: Recovering

Black Australorp chickens were imported into Australia during the period between 1890 and about 1900. In England during this same period, Black Australorps were being refined for their meat qualities. However, the Australians immediately valued the breed for its...

Red Wattle : Threatened : Slow Ark Food of Tast

Red Wattle : Threatened : Slow Ark Food of Tast

The Red Wattle is a large, red hog with a fleshy wattle attached to each side of the neck. The wattles have no known function.  The breed is unique to North America making them especially valuable genetically.  Mature animals weigh 600 to 800 pounds, but may...

Red Devon : Recovering : Slow Ark Food of Taste

Red Devon : Recovering : Slow Ark Food of Taste

Red Devon : Recovering : Slow Ark Food of Taste Origin During Caesar’s conquest of Britain starting in 55 BC, he found a small, fine-boned breed of cattle known only by its latin name: Bos longifrons. This breed was not native to the island. They were possibly brought...