Canadian Heritage Breeds
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What is a Heritage Breed?
Giving a concrete definition of the term 'heritage' can be a difficult task. The broadest definition of a heritage breed of livestock is: a breed that was developed and used on farms, ranches and homesteads before the advent of modern industrial agriculture. With a few exceptions, they are breeds that thrive in outdoor situations, are able to forage for some of their own food and have a long reproductive lifespan. The history of our heritage livestock breeds ranges from mere decades to several centuries, but common among them all is a unique adaptation to both the farms they come from and the farmers who keep them.