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“Defending the earth means safeguarding biodiversity, the landscape and farming. Those who haven’t seen the importance of farming haven’t understood anything!”
Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

Monday, June 15, 2009

Return of the Buckeye Chicken!

Return of the Buckeye Chicken Breeders' Clinic
Event postponed until October 6 - stay tuned for details!
The Countryside Conservancy invites all those interested in reintroducing Buckeye Chickens to their flocks to attend this hands-on workshop led by Jeanette Beranger, Research and Technical Programs Manager for the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

The clinic will consist of a one-hour lecture-discussion of heritage poultry breeds, their use in sustainable agriculture, ALBC's Buckeye Recovery Project, how to evaluate production traits and practical breeding strategies for bloodline improvements. The second hour of the clinic will be devoted to careful physical comparison of a dozen Buckeye birds in order to understand how a breeder/grower can improve commercial traits over time.

All clinic participants will:
  • Receive preferential scheduling to purchase ALBC strain Buckeye chicks
  • Be eligible to participate in a new regional Buckeye breeders and growers network
  • Receive copies of the following ALBC publications: Selecting for Meat Qualities and Rate of Growth; Selecting for Egg Production; On-going selection of Breeding Stock; ALBC Chicken Breed Comparison Sheet.
Jeanette Beranger has been directly involved in all aspects of ALBC's pilot project to recover the production characteristics of heritage poultry. She has worked closeley with breeders around the country to establish effective breeding and selection protocols. Berabger is herself a Buckeye breeder.
Fee: $150/person or $250/couple from the same farm business. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, contact Stephanie Webb via email, or call 330.657.2542.
Heritage Livestock: Protecting the Genetic Future of Animal Agriculture
A Public Lecture and Discussion
Tuesday, June 23, 7-9pm at Old Trail School

Join Countryside Conservancy in welcoming Jeanette Beranger, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy's Research and Technical Programs Manager, for an evening of discussing the history and future of American livestock breeds. What is a breed? How do breeds change over time? What makes them popular and/or useful? What dangers result from the extinction of breeds? How do we protect the genetic future of animal agriculture. The program is designed to be broadly interesting for general and family audiences.

The evening will conclude with delicious samples of heritage livestock meat (beef, pork, goat, and chicken) prepared by chef Ben Bebenroth of Spice of Life Catering.

Fees and Registration: A donation of $15/adult, $10/youth (udner 18), is requested to help defray the expense of bringing the speaker to Ohio for this program, and to cover the cost of the food. To register contact Stepahnie Webb via email, or call 330.657.2542.

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