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Ep. 032: A Race to Beat the Extinction of Heritage Breeds


Dr. Tania Cubitt


Hailing originally from Australia, Dr. Tania Cubitt is one of Standlee’s resident nutrition experts, with both technical and practical life experience. She has a PhD in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech and raises black angus cattle, along with a few goats in Virginia.

Katy Starr


From the western state of Idaho, Katy Starr works as a marketing consultant for Standlee Premium Western Forage, focusing on nutritional content. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agribusiness from the University of Idaho, and partners with her husband in raising a small commercial cattle herd and their three girls.

Episode Details

On this episode, co-host Katy Starr chats with Cindra Kerscher, Program Coordinator with The Livestock Conservancy and Laura Marie Kramer, Director of National Accounts for Standlee and owner of La Bella Farm about: • What the Livestock Conservancy is and how it helps livestock breeds that are threatened or at critical survival levels • One of the most challenging experiences raising rare breeds • How livestock producers and even those who are completely unexperienced with livestock can support the survival of these rare breeds Have any topics you want to hear more about? Let us know at

Episode Notes

19:45 – 23 heritage sheep fiber profiles -

22:30 – Breed profiles for each species -


Why are heritage breeds endangered? 🤔

The Livestock Conservancy states that with modern agriculture favoring a few specialized breeds, traditional breeds have fallen out of favor. Small family farms where these breeds once thrived are disappearing at an alarming rate - and with them historic breeds are disappearing as well. 

Here is a list of species and breeds on their Conservation Priority list -

Find Resources available from The Livestock Conservancy here -

Learn more about the Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em program here –


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