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Britannic Rare Breeds aim to promote all traditional native farmed livestock, in particular rare breeds and where possible make them easily obtainable.

Native breeds form a valuable part of our cultural heritage and their continued existence and genetic diversity is important to provide opportunities and options for both commercial and domestic circumstances in the future.
Rare breeds are rare because smallholders are rare, in truth we should all do our bit to grow our own and it is in this domestic, low intensity and small scale environment that so many traditional breeds flourish where a dependant commercial strain would not.

A great array of traditional breeds still exist and it is among this great diversity that you are likely to find a breed or variety ideally suited to your own environment, requirements and circumstances.

Featured Breed - Hereford cow

The Hereford is a world renowned beef breed, respected for its docile, hardy nature and its characteristic white face. Benjamin Tomkins was an early improver of the Hereford between 1748 and 1815. Selection by in-breeding fixed the desirable red colour with a white face and this variety quickly became the most popular during the 19th century.

Read more about the Hereford here

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