Certain breeds can go out of supply for economic, practical or just fashion reasons. But an interesting thing is happening in pockets around the country. While there is handful of farms (and a Trust) which specialise in rare breeds in the past few years there has been an increase in growers and graziers prepared to trial rare breeds for commercial reasons.
This has been occurring in certain rare breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. One good example is Fernleigh Free Range in Victoria.
People involved in supporting rare breeds are usually passionate about protecting the past by preserving the particular breed. Others may be looking for a niche or a way of addressing new growing conditions with better returns. For example in sheep by securing breeds – with which we are largely unfamiliar – but can do well in certain areas of Australia.
There can certainly be challenges in rare breeds, especially in terms of securing suitable breed stock and accessing local technical knowledge about the breed. And, if a commercial plan is developed, demand points needs to be secured with an understanding supply volumes may be low and take time to build.
Rare breeds typically supply niche markets – restaurants, farmers markets and agri-tourism outlets and all usually at a premium price.
Despite this it is great to see people trying new (old) things and looking to develop a marketing edge with their end product
If you are interested , take a closer look at these 2 rare breeds.
Wessex Saddleback pork
British Black & White Cattle