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Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm

Our farm is full of beautiful animals, and attracts visitors from far and wide. Take a look at our gallery below to see pictures of some of the different furry friends on the farm at Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm in the quaint village of Cholderton near Salisbury in Wiltshire.

This section will also keep everyone up to to date with any interesting progress or changes we've made or are planning to make on The Farm!

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST)

About the RBST and why it is so important

What the RBST do:

Monitor: They monitor the number of rare and native breeds. Every year they collect data from breed societies and use the number of animals registered in a year to estimate the total number of breeding females. From this they produce the annual Watchlist.

They monitor threats to breeds. Other factors can threaten British breeds such as inbreeding and geographical concentration; they monitor and try to reduce these.

Save: They save genetics in the UK National Gene Bank, collecting genetics from animals, usually semen from males but also embryos. This is as an 'insurance policy'. If a breed were to become extinct, they can use this store to revive a breed.

They save animals. In emergencies, the RBST will buy genetically important stock and place it in approved breeding centres.

Promote: They promote the breeding and registration of rare and native breeds. Together, staff, members and support groups provide a network of knowledge to support and encourage breeders.

They promote the use of rare and native breeds for Food, Fibre and Conservation Grazing.