The 3rd annual Irish Rare Breeds Conference takes place at GN Mulranny Park Hotel from the 16th to the 18th of Mayo.
Speaking at the inaugural conference, Chief Executive of Mayo County Council remarked:
“Diversity and the preservation of that diversity is really important in my mind to what government and local government should be about. So, in that sense the making of place and the retention of identity of place is hugely important. It is important not just because it is the right thing to do or what we should be aspiring to, it also makes sense in economic terms. Because if we are going to have a completely homogenised world that is Disneyland from coast to coast the places that are real and are authentic, that have preserved identity, that have preserved culture, preserved diversity, preserved species, that have differentiating characteristics, will stand out like beacons in the gloom. I think Mulranny and Mayo are aspiring to be one of those places and that is why this conference is really important”
Ireland’s rare breeds are a fundamental part of our farming and food production sector, they are living heritage and an important facet of our biodiversity. 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. 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 our remaining rare breeds and to address challenges such as lack of protection, resources and recognition.
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