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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 - Sebright chicken

The breed was developed by Sir John Sebright the 7th Baronet of Besford who lived at the Beechwood Park Estate in Markyate, Hertfordshire. The Sebright first came onto the scene shortly after 1800. A Mr Hobbs who worked for Sir John had said the Sebright was created using a buff bantam hen, probably a Nankin and a reddish hen feathered game cockerel. Further crossing with Golden Hamburgh and careful selection over many years resulted in the laced feathering. A white Rosecomb was used to create the silver Sebright variety. The Sebright is a very attractive breed and purely bred for exhibition purposes. Unfortunately the breed has always been highly inbred especially in it’s creation and poor fertility is often a problem.

Read more about the Sebright here

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