Bee Creek Farm Havana, KS

Heritage Livestock

"Heritage Livestock Breeds"

There are many livestock breeds of our country's past that are in need of conservation today.  The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy lists over 150 of such livestock breeds and poultry. Most of these now rare and threatened breeds have been outsourced by the development of larger breeds to meet the needs of the commercial factory farm and consumer demand. 

These threatened heritage breeds have all played an important part in the development of today's commercial livestock. Today's modern commercial livestock breeds were not created out of thin air.  They were developed from these already existing heritage  breeds. To lose the genetic diversity that these heritage breeds have to offer would be a great loss to our agricultural future.  Many of the old heritage breeds are more effecient in their feed consumption than the modern breeds and  are more resistant to the animal diseases and parasites threatening our livestock and food production today.   Conserving the rich genetics and variety of the past gives us the material we need to meet the changing demands of the future. 

The future existence of each of these threatened heritage breeds is dependant on people who are dedicated to raising them, dedicated to promoting them, and on the consumer who is dedicated to seeking out the wonderful products that these special animals have to offer.

We hope you enjoy getting to know the heritage livestock breeds at Bee Creek Farm, including Jacob Sheep, Tunis Sheep and Navajo-Churro Sheep.

If you would like to learn more about rare breeds of livestock, the importance of animal agriculture and the importance of preserving the genetic diversity of the breeds, a wealth of information can be found at: and


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