The Rare Breeds display is manned by members of the Cornwall Support Group of The Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust was formed in 1973 to monitor breeds of farm livestock. With the changing fashions in livestock production in the mid 1900s several breeds became extinct and others endangered. It was felt that these breeds contained a vast spread of genetic variation that would no longer be there for their successors.
The Trust produces a Watchlist every year, that identifies the breeds they are monitoring and their registered population. The list is constantly changing but since the Trust was formed no breed has been lost. The work of the Trust includes breeding programmes, Gene Bank, flockbook registration and working with bodies such as Defra.
The Cornwall Support Group was formed in 1984 to promote the work of the Trust in Cornwall. Members attend shows with display animals and sell merchandise. They are happy to answer any questions on the animals or the Trust’s work. They hold regular meetings to which anyone interested is invited.