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We at the Heritage Cattle Directory work to support rare cattle by building win:win opportunities for all involved. We network with breeders of rare cattle, with other registries, and with various affiliations that (we believe) can help preservation breeders succeed. Affiliations of the Heritage Cattle Directory include:


IntelliBeef™Value Added Verification

The IntelliBeef™ program IntelliBeef™In order for heritage breeds of cattle to survive, if they are not well known about, they can benefit from increased education, promotion and awareness. Articles about them, their purity, their history, need to be seen by new owners entering the cattle market. Rare cattle should not rely on being a frivolous oddity or appeal only to pet owners. Preservation breeding cannot be only about sentiment, or breeders selling to each other--it must involve functional, healthy, efficient cattle that truly support families and homestead survival. Heritage cattle need to make breeders successful by doing what they do best. Breeding rare herds of cattle has to be financially rewarding enough to support the breeders. The homestead movement is growing, and small herd owners are increasing in numbers.
      To add great support to this encouraging trend, is where IntelliBeef™ comes in. A link to our main article about IntelliBeef™ is listed above, however we believe this program merits added mention here.
      Heritage Cattle breeders are usually small producers with small herds. IntelliBeef™ is a unique database & registry and herd management and direct marketing program designed and owned by Midwest Genetics out of Missouri. The IntelliBeef™ program has access to herd book databases. It is being further developed this year by the International Livestock Registries (ILR), the Tennessee State University Agriculture Department, (and myself) to bring tremendous value-added opportunity for small producers trying to survive on ranches, homesteads or farms. Although the creators of IntelliBeef™ are more active in composite breeds, percentage breeds and the larger picture--to me, IntelliBeef™ is also exactly what the small producer has been needing for a very long time.
      IntelliBeef™ is forming to help take the place of political marketing issues created in the commercial agriculture industry, involving excessive government oversight, COOL, the Beef Councils, selling at the local auction barns, and the rest of the beef and dairy corporate-controlled food marketing chain.
      Midwest Genetics, LLC. has a long history working with the USDA and within its guidelines. Drawing on this experience IntelliBeef™ levels the playing field and allows small producers to step around most of the predatory middle man system that takes so much of the profit between what a small producer gets when selling his cattle, and what is paid at the grocery store for that same (or inferior imported) beef.
      IntelliBeef™ offers a fresh new approach to dealing with the old paradigm. It will offer inexpensive, documented verification of management claims, (raised with regenerative agriculture, humanely raised, organic, grass fed, no hormones, no GMO's, etc., mixed and matched to each herd), herd or health management claims (age & source, vaccination history, replacement heifer programs, etc), breed claims (heritage or rare breed branded beef), available to small producers on the grass roots level. IntelliBeef will provide an official yet private labeling and RFID animal ID tracking system, without intrusive premises ID registration with the government. IntelliBeef™ is a unique, member-owned herd management, and a direct marketing verification system to provide very affordable labeling for homestead produced beef, dairy and artisanal products. If you are interested in finding out more now, or getting in on the ground floor, email Dennis Russell, founder of the International Livestock Registries.



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Breed Comparison Graphs: Heritage, Homestead & Miniature Cattle.
Comparison charts of heritage and other breeds of cattle found on homesteads and farms, comparing traits including purity (percentage, modern or heritage) beef, dairy or dual purpose, polled or horned, and size range (height, frame scores).

HISTORICAL REVIEW OF CATTLE TYPE Harlan Ritchie's Beef Review, Harlan D. Ritchie, Department of Animal Science Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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Breed Diversity and Results of Inbreeding. Why Is Genetic Variation Important? | Countryside | July 9, 2020
The results of inbreeding and a focus on high-yielding, high-maintenance breeds raises sustainability issues in the long term. The best breeds--animals that are productive, forage well, and stay happy and healthy in natural range conditions in any area--are those that have been resident for many hundreds of years. Local animals that are tolerant of local disease and harsh conditions are better suited to systems that require lower inputs. The variety of such animals is important to long-term food security. However, when few breeds become dominant in the market, such as Holstein cattle and commercial breeds, local breeds become marginalized and their population numbers drop. This threatens their very existence. Once the diversity is lost, those genes are gone forever.

From Two Bulls, 9 Million Dairy Cows. Undark | by Maureen O'Hagan | June 19, 2019
Speaking of Diversity... Just two Y chromosomes exist within a population of 9 million registered Holsteins. What traits have been lost over time? There are more than 9 million dairy cows in the United States, and the vast majority of them are Holsteins, large bovines with distinctive black-and-white (sometimes red-and-white) markings. The amount of milk they produce is astonishing. So is their lineage. When researchers at the Pennsylvania State University looked closely at the male lines a few years ago, they discovered more than 99 percent of them can be traced back to one of two bulls, both born in the 1960s. That means among all the male Holsteins in the country, there are just two Y chromosomes.

Grass-Fed Beef Program Grass fed beef is healthier than grain fed. Cattle are ruminants, they evolved over hundreds of thousands of years by grazing on grass in open pastures. In a study conducted by the USDA and Clemson University, the benefits 100% of grass-fed beef and its nutritional benefits are outlined. (Source: USDA/ Clemson University, Journal of Animal Science, June 2009)

Heritage Beef Breeds Taste Test by Ethan Book | 07/23/08

Pure vs Mixed Breed Cattle: Which is the best fit for your farm? ~ grass-fed-solutions.com

  1. Purebred Dairy Cattle Association
  2. American Dairy Association
  3. National Association of Animal Breeders
  4. American Dairy Science Association
  5. United States Cattlemen's Association
  6. National Cattlemen's Beef Association
  7. American National Cattlewomen
  8. Beef Cattle Breed Associations
  9. North American Meat Institute
  10. American Livestock Conservancy
  11. American Society of Animal Science
  12. United States Department of Agriculture



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