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Revolution! Now this is what I'm talking about!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jessupfamily, May 13, 2009.

  1. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Songster

    May 14, 2007
    SW Indiana
    This is exactly what we are intending to do. Leave it to Joel Salatin to word it perfectly! He's great!!!
    My husband just read this blog entry to me from one of his favorite sites:

    There's a great Joel Salatin article, not available online, "Heritage Breeds vs Nativized Genetics", where he punctures the heritage breed trend and explains an alternative that is both shocking and obvious: farmers should just make new breeds that are adapted to their own particular conditions and farming models, which is where heritage breeds came from in the first place.

    I think it's borderline abusive to take a Scottish Highlander and put it in Alabama. Yet such a displaced animal is touted as God's gift to humanity under the guise of preserving gene pools. Folks, we aren't running a zoo. Wouldn't it be better for each of us to begin systematically building nativized genetics in our herds and flocks? Why stop the adaptation clock? Why not continue the process here in our own bioregions? In the future, we could have a hundred new American breeds bio-regionally specific. Over time, this would actually add diversity to the gene pool rather than limiting it to what it was a century ago, or what it is today.

    One thing he specifically suggests is for egg farmers to "isolate the hens that lay the darkest-yolk eggs since yolk color indicates aggressive scavenging", which means better nutrition and lower feed expenses; and for meat birds, he says you could do the same thing by looking at how dark the fat is.

  2. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Songster

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    I met a man here in Florida hes from Swannee county. He has registered his own meat chicken breed. He calls it a Swannee Red. He hatches some 8,000 chicks a week We purchased some RIR from him and so far they look very promising.
  3. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Fascinating concept; never occurred to me. Makes sense.

    It could be argued, I suppose, that the only true heritage breed(s) is (are) the jungle fowl that all chickens were bred from. (Not sure; weren't there two?)
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  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Three: red, green & grey
  5. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Songster

    May 14, 2007
    SW Indiana
    Quote:It's an interesting thing! I hadn't heard of anyone who had made their breed official. I wonder how much of this is going on? It makes so much sense!
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    While this is what was done historically and it's not a bad idea, we still need to preserve historical breeds. I think we can do both.

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