Farming Profitably & Sustainably With Native Livestock

RBST Stand F0

The session will demonstrate how to farm profitably and sustainably with native livestock breeds. Native livestock were bred to thrive in our landscapes, so the costs involved in keeping them when it comes to feed, vet and med bills and housing are generally much lower than with their continental counterparts. They are also the ultimate ecosystem service providers, giving us food and clothing, restoring, and maintaining habitats and helping foster local identities. With a focus on sheep and cattle, the session will explore the commercial benefits of farming with native breeds: selecting and keeping the appropriate breeds, the marketing of meat, milk, wool and other products.