11 Oct '11, 11am

Heritage livestock: Milk ‘em for all they’re worth via @grist

Heritage livestock: Milk ‘em for all they’re worth via @grist

A rare Guernsey calf. Photo: Rick Harrison As heirloom produce gains a growing cult following among eaters, the more under-the-radar interest in heritage livestock breeds may see a resurgence, too. The first National Heirloom Exposition in California last month featured heritage farm animal breeds in addition to the fruits, veggies, and seeds that get foodies excited. Cheese devotees, especially, should take note -- buying and enjoying cheese made from the milk of certain rare breeds of cattle helps ensure their survival. Over on the blog It's Not You, it's Brie , cheese enthusiast Kirstin Jackson collected notes from dairy farmer and veterinarian Dr. Noreen Dmitri. Here's a condensed version what we learned. Back in the day, before industrial agriculture was the norm, breeds like the Milking Devon, Ayrshire, and Randall Lineback had traditional uses on the family farm, an...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-10-11-heritage-livestock-m...

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