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 .
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 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.