Breed associations and organizations promote the respective breeds that meet certain qualifications. Breed association members are dedicated to the education, training, care, and overall well-being of that breed. Experts who are more than willing to share advice are often included among breed members. Getting involved is a great way to learn more about your livestock, as well as the history and future of your livestock.
Nigerian Dwarf Goats
The Nigerian Dwarf is small but well-proportioned; its conformation resembles that of larger dairy goats. It may be horned or naturally hornless.The coat is fine and fairly short and may be of any color, or multicolored; common colors are gold, chocolate, and black, frequently with white markings. The average weight is approximately 75 lb while maximum height is about 24 in for males and slightly less for females; stock bred for dairy performance may be rather larger than show or companion animals.
Babydoll Southdown Sheep
The Babydoll Southdown is a sheep of the early Southdown type imported into the U.S. and seen in England in the 1800's through the early 1900's. They are 18" to 24" at the shoulder and display the original Southdown type and characteristics. The Southdown breed of sheep originated in the South "Downs" of Sussex County, England, and is one of the oldest of the Down breeds. English farms kept these sheep for their flavorful meat and fine fleece.
Alpaca Owners Association
Huacaya alpacas are the most commonly found, constituting about 90% of the population. The Huacaya alpaca is thought to have originated in post-colonial Peru. This is due to their thicker fleece, which makes them more suited to survive in the Andes' higher altitudes after being pushed into the highlands of Peru after the arrival of the Spanish.
Scottish Highland Cattle
The first record of Highland cattle being imported to the United States was in the late 1890s. The American Highland Cattle Association was first organized in 1948 as the American Scotch Highland Breeders Association and now claims approximately 1100 members. There are now eight regional Highland cattle associations in the U.S. as well.
This breed, first appreciated for its beauty and poise, and then by its innate temperamental qualities, gained fame in the rest of Europe. The Great Pyrenees were introduced in America by General Lafayette in 1824.
The dog was developed to be agile in order to guard sheep on steep, mountainous slopes.