Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Logo of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust
Formation 1973
Founder Joe Henson[1]
Type Conservation charity
Legal status Registered charity
Purpose Conservation of native livestock breeds of the United Kingdom
  • Stoneleigh Park
    Nr. Kenilworth
    Warwickshire CV8 2LG
Coordinates 52°20′23″N 1°31′27″W / 52.3398°N 1.5243°W / 52.3398; -1.5243Coordinates: 52°20′23″N 1°31′27″W / 52.3398°N 1.5243°W / 52.3398; -1.5243
Region served
United Kingdom
Chief executive officer
Tom Beeston
Director of finance
Denise Chillcott
Website rbst.org.uk
Remarks Charity no. 269442
An English Longhorn cow

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) is a conservation charity[2] whose purpose is to secure the continued existence and viability of the native farm animal genetic resources (FAnGR) of the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1973 by Joe Henson to preserve native breeds;[1] since then, no UK-native breed has become extinct.

It maintains a watch list of rare native breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, goats and poultry,[3] and an approved list of farm parks.[4]

Projects have included the collection of genetic material to ensure the future of rare breeds in a farm animal "gene bank". This project received publicity in the wake of the foot-and-mouth disease crisis in the UK and was supported by the Prince of Wales.[5]

RBST supports the marketing of meat from rare breeds through the Traditional Breeds Meat Marketing Company, founded in 2003.

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  1. 1 2 Rita and William Vandivert (1982), "ch. 7 - Joe Henson and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust", To the Rescue: Seven Heroes of Conservation, p. 89, ISBN 0723262152
  2. Charity Commission. Rare Breeds Survival Trust, registered charity no. 269442.
  3. Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch list accessed June 2016
  4. Rare Breeds Survival Trust approved farm parks accessed February 2012
  5. Prince's gift to rare breeds project accessed 25 May 2008
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