The third Irish Rare Breeds Conference will take place from Thursday, May 16th to Saturday, May 18th, in the GN Mulranny Park Hotel, Mulranny, Co. Mayo.
The event is being organised by the Old Irish Goat Society - based in Mulranny - in association with the Irish Rare Breeds Society.
Ireland's rare breeds are a fundamental part of our farming and food production sector; they are living heritage and an important facet to our biodiversity, according to organisers.
Rare Breeds have an important role in sustaining rural communities, through food production, artisan foods, tourism and conservation grazing.
"Gene variation offers enhanced resistance and adaptation traits in a time of farming intensification and climate and social change."
Promote conservation of rare breeds
A number of Irish Breeds have slipped into extinction in recent decades, essentially unnoticed and undocumented, such as the Cladoir sheep and the Tory cow.
"The aim of the event is to promote the conservation and utilisation of remaining rare breeds and to address challenges such as lack of protection, resources and recognition."
A strategically important national discussion will take place on indigenous Irish breeds and how their role as a cultural, food security and climate resilience resource could be developed.
A programme can be downloaded from their website.
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