Heritage Breeds of Livestock and Poultry
“Preserving the past to build a strong future”
The purpose of 4-H heritage breeds clubs is to create an awareness of the importance of preserving the heritage breeds and to help others to:
- Experience first-hand the many unique characteristics of heritage breeds of livestock and poultry.
- Learn about the various uses of animal products and/or effective marketing of those products.
- Experience caring for and exhibiting a heritage breed.
- Learn about the lifecycle of livestock and poultry.
In 2004, a dozen Tennessee Fainting Goats were adopted by 4-H youth interested in working with heritage breeds. The goats were raised at Swiss Village Farm in Newport, Rhode Island. Another adoption initiative provided Dominique Chickens and Bronze Turkeys to 4-H youth, compliments of the 4-H Heritage Farming Club of Montague.
Massachusetts 4-H has several clubs dedicated to the preservation of the heritage breeds. Contact one of the 4-H offices for more specific information about opportunities to work with heritage breeds. We invite you to join or start a 4-H heritage breeds club. You can make a difference!
Heritage Breeds Sources
For further information, please contact:
State 4-H Animal Specialist
University of Massachusetts Amherst
100 Venture Way, Suite 334
Hadley, MA 01035-9462