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(This promises a display of 40 breeds of livestock and poultry, sessions on choosing breeds to suit your production, and a Bar-B-Q that's not to be missed.)

The long-term viability of animal agriculture is dependent upon a sound foundation of genetic resources. The diversity of genes inherent in our many livestock and poultry breeds has allowed us to develop our agriculture to its present level of productivity. Like our soil, this resource is now being seriously eroded. Conserving our genetic resources must become a priority for all those interested in the long-tern sustainability of agriculture.

Canada is being honoured as host of THE THIRD CONFERENCE ON CONSERVATION OF DOMESTIC ANIMAL GENETIC RESOURCES. This is being presented by Rare Breeds International (RBI). RBI is a global umbrella organization for some 25 countries involved in the conservation of their national genetic resources. Co-hosts are the Rare Breeds Conservancy (Joywinds), Agriculture Canada, and the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, U.S.A.

The conference will be held at Queen's University, Kingston Ont., from August 1 to 5, 1994. Part of the activities includes a field day and Bar-B-Q hosted by the Rare Breeds Conservancy. It will be an exciting day with the display of around 40 breeds of livestock and poultry, as well as displays from other related agricultural organizations. The Bar-B-Q is not to be missed!

There will be symposia and workshops on a variety of topics of direct interest to all practical ecological farmers. There will be presentations on: sheep and goat selection for extensive production; sustainable agriculture; animal welfare and conservation; cattle rare breeds and grass-based production; and swine rare breeds for extensive production.

Registration for the whole conference is $200.00 (by May 1). The rate for a single day is $80.00. These rates include the evening events. Accommodation is available at Victoria Hall residence at $60.00 per day. This includes breakfast and lunch.

To obtain the complete registration package write:

RBI Canada '94 Conference Secretariat

c/o Dr. J.N.B. Shrestha

Centre for Food and Animal Research

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Ottawa, Ont. K1A 0C6

This is an exciting international event with more than 25 countries participating. Come and share experiences and expertise. Hope to see you there!

Jy Chiperzak

Rare Breeds Conservancy

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