Although the handbook was written primarily for people
interested in rare breeds, it addresses subjects of interest
to all animal breeders. Among these are developing a
philosophy; the concept and practice of selection; a comparison
of conservation and improvement breeding; and the uses of
breeding systems, such as inbreeding, linebreeding and
crossbreeding. The book discusses the considerations necessary
in establishing a conservation herd or flock, from choice of
species and breed through purchase of stock and participation
in breed associations, registries and other networks.
"A Conservation Breeding Handbook" includes detailed breeding
programs for the genetic management of herds or flocks as well
as rescue protocols for critically rare populations. The
programs described are based in the science of genetics but
include management considerations which are essential to success.
While some experts claim that individual breeders cannot be
trusted with genetic conservation, the handbook's authors, D. P.
Sponenberg and C. J. Christman, maintain that individuals have
always been stewards of rare breeds, and the involvment of many
people is the only sure way to protect this wealth for the future.
"A conservation Breeding Handbook" is designed to equip breeders--
individually and in groups--for stewardship.
"A Conservation Breeding Handbook," a 136-page softcover book,
has a resource list, glossary, and index. It is illustrated by 90
photographs, charts and drawings. The handbook costs $12.95
plus $3.00 shipping. To order, send a check or money order,
payable in U.S. funds, to the ALBC, P.O. Box 477, Pittsboro, NC
27312. To place a VISA or Mastercard order for the handbook,
phone (919) 542-5704.
The ALBC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting
genetic diversity in livestock and poultry through the conservation
of nearly 100 endangered breeds of cattle, donkeys, goats, horses,
poultry, sheep and swine. Founded in 1977, the ALBC is the
only livestock and poultry breed conservation organization in the