The Livestock Conservancy
Spanish Goat Chat with Justin B. Pitts

Spanish Goat Chat with Justin B. Pitts

October 5, 2021

Welcome to our Spanish Goat Chat! This week Justin B. Pitts joins Cindra Kerscher and Brittany Sweeney for a chat about this Watch-listed breed.


Justin B. Pitts is a seventh generation Jones Countian that is dedicated to the preservation and use of traditional Southern breeds and species of livestock, seed, and plants in his farming operation. He has founded several breed associations and serves on the board of them or in other capacities. Through his efforts several species of rare and endangered species of livestock have been added to the Ark of Taste as he believes that you have to “eat them to save them.”

Learn more about Spanish Goats from the National Spanish Goat Association at

Thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring Goat Chats this month!

American Mammoth Jackstock Donkey Chat

American Mammoth Jackstock Donkey Chat

September 28, 2021
Welcome to the American Mammoth Jackstock Donkey Chat! This week Brittany Sweeney and Cindra Kerscher are chatting with Audrey Cadle of Donkey Meadows Farm ( and @DonkeyMeadows).
In December 2006, Audrey, husband Mike, and their three children moved to Purcellville, Virginia, motivated by her interest in owning American Mammoth Jackstock donkeys. They found a lovely home with some land and a nice barn ready to be occupied. They brought Gus and Hoss home in February 2007. A short year and a half later they were on their way back to Tennessee to pick up 3 pregnant jennies and a foal.
Audrey read and researched anything and everything she could about the breed. She wanted to spread the history and versatility of them as far as possible. She worked with the donkeys, made plenty of mistakes, learned from those mistakes, then researched and retrained those lessons correctly. Audrey has done a little breeding, a little selling, and training with her donkeys and a few others. She also trained new human donkey-owners on the care, handling, discipline, feed, and exercise for their animals. She's helped prepare barns and pastures for new donkey-owners as well as searched for and found the right donkeys for clients.
Audrey also started a 4-H donkey club in Loudoun County. After two years, she decided the kids would be better served by with the donkey club at her farm. The children learned how to care for, groom, handle the donkeys as well as teach them to navigate obstacle courses and to learn to have patience with the donkeys.
Now, 15 years after getting her first Mammoths, Audrey is focusing on saving the American Mammoth Jackstock. She is working to achieve 501(c)(3) status at her farm, Donkey Meadows, so she can do more to preserve the breed. She is constantly educating people and providing a true experience of what it is like to love a mammoth donkey. She calls it “Preservation by Education.”
Wooly Wednesday - Needle Felting Challenge

Wooly Wednesday - Needle Felting Challenge

September 15, 2021

Are you ready for the next Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Fiber Challenge? Register for the Felted Friends Challenge today with expert needle felter and shepherdess Teresa Perleberg of Bear Creek Felting and The Nome Schoolhouse at


Get to know Teresa and her passion for wool and felting during this chat with Cindra Kerscher about the next challenge, which begins September 22. Teresa Perleberg has been raising a flock of sheep and teaching others the art of needle felting since 2006 and began designing and selling needle felting kits containing her own wool in 2008. She lives on a farm in North Dakota with 270 sheep including Romney, Cormo, BFL, Corriedale and CVM.

Teresa loves to make realistic needle felted animal sculptures that each have a unique personality all their own. The facial features and expressions are a very important part of what makes her sculptures special. Teresa opened an online Needle Felting Academy in 2017 where members have direct contact with her and access to a variety of video courses. Another unique aspect of Teresa's needle felting kits and supplies is that all the fiber is grown and processed in North Dakota at the Nome Schoolhouse, A Fiber Arts Center, where you can stay, meet the sheep, and learn all about fiber arts. Teresa and her business partner Chris also host a weekly EweTube show sharing their fiber art knowledge.

Poitou Donkey Chat with Patrick Archer

Poitou Donkey Chat with Patrick Archer

September 8, 2021
Welcome to our first Donkey Chat! This week we're chatting about the critically-endangered Poitou Donkey with Patrick Archer of Texas Poitou Donkeys (@TexasPoitouDonkeys).
Learn more about Patrick and Poitous (pronounced pwah-too) at
Think you have a Poitou Donkey? Participate in the Poitou Donkey Census:
Duck Chat with Chef and Author Hank Shaw

Duck Chat with Chef and Author Hank Shaw

August 31, 2021

Welcome to another Duck Chat! This week Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney are chatting about how to cook and prepare duck with renowned chef and author Hank Shaw. Brittany's Welsh Harlequin duck Triscuit also makes a surprise appearance. 


Learn more about Hank Shaw at and more about cooking duck from his book "Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Ducks and Geese, both Wild and Domesticated" at 

Thank you to Manna Pro for sponsoring today's Duck Chat!

Ancona Duck Chat with Amy McKamey

Ancona Duck Chat with Amy McKamey

August 24, 2021
Welcome to another edition of Duck Chats, sponsored by Manna Pro ( This week Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney chat with Amy McKamey about Ancona ducks and her journey to get them recognized by the American Poultry Association. Learn more about Ancona Ducks from Amy's Facebook Group @AnconaDucks.
Amy grew up on a small farm in Butler, Indiana. Farming runs deep in her family, dating back as early as 1340. Amy was a 10 year 4-H member, went to Purdue University and graduated in Veterinary Technology, worked in the Veterinary Field for over 20 years and now farms full time. She and her husband own and operate Heritage Meadows Farm ( in Clayton, Indiana, where they raise heritage hogs, sheep, and poultry.
Amy showed her first ducks in 1986, and they are still her favorite animal on the farm. Anconas have always held a special place in her heart, and she hopes to someday get them recognized by the APA.
Wooly Wednesday Round Table with the 15+ Club

Wooly Wednesday Round Table with the 15+ Club

August 12, 2021

This month we are chatting with members of the Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em (SE2SE) 15+ Club to discuss working with rare breed fibers. Joining Cindra Kerscher for this chat will be SE2SE Fiber Artists Diane Barrows, Susan Vanderford, Kathy O’Reilly, and Lori Holder-Webb. Join in to learn tips and ask questions on sourcing, processing and creating with interesting wools.


Lori Holder-Webb created fiber art in the form of handmade paper collages until the arrival of rambunctious kittens in the household, and their "assistance" brought that chapter to a close. While casting about for a kitten-resistant alternative, she stumbled across some online wet-felting videos on YouTube. These were the standard-issue nuno-felted scarves, but she instantly saw how it would be possible to shift her aesthetic into this new medium. By 2019, she really wanted to expand her horizons beyond Merino and was fortunate to encounter Ashford Heights Farm at her local sheep and wool festival. Ashford Heights supplied her with a bag of Leicester Longwool roving and an information packet for Shave 'Em to Save 'Em. The rest of it - the spinning, and whole raw fleeces, and weaving - had an air of inevitability.

Kathy O’Reilly started knitting very young, taught by her mother. In 2015, after mumbling for years about the quality and cost of yarn, she started spinning after her husband gave her a spinning wheel for Christmas. He created a monster. She had no idea there were so many types of wool and fiber, so she started trying as many as she could. She had already spun CVM, Shetland, Jacob, and Black Welsh Mountain when she stumbled upon the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative. She thinks it has been so much fun to interact with a group of like-minded people.

After watching the Guild spinners at countless county fairs, Diane Barrows ached to learn and set out doing so once her five children flew the nest. She joined the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative soon after its launch, and soon discovered herself adding to her repertoire, spinning the new fibers she was encountering. Diane has enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, and quilting for decades. She is a beginner weaver and is working on her HGA Master Spinner’s certificate.

Susan Vanderford has been a fiber artist since she was a kid, but most recently got into spinning during the pandemic. She got involved with the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Initiative during the WAFA sales in early 2020. She kept seeing the SE2SE acronym and got curious, which led her to the program. Susan's big love though is knitting and her favorite part is trying different techniques to see what you get!

Want to become a Fiber Artist for the Save 'Em to Shave 'Em Initiative? Sign up at

Duck Chat with Jon Alden of Hoover’s Hatchery

Duck Chat with Jon Alden of Hoover’s Hatchery

August 3, 2021
Welcome to Duck Chats! Special Guest Jon Alden, Breeding Flock Manager at Hoover's Hatchery, is chatting with Jeannette Beranger and Brittany Sweeney about duck husbandry. (
Growing up on a small farm in central Illinois, Jon first got into chicks when he bought his first 12 from the local farm store, which quickly turned into 20 chickens, and a few ducks. His passion for poultry quickly expanded to more birds, leading him to attend the University of Arkansas, pursuing a degree in Poultry Science. From there Jon worked at a couple other poultry outfits before joining Hoover’s Hatchery in 2018, where he oversees all the breeders at Hoover’s while working to expand our selection to include more variety that we believe will appeal to our customers.
Thank you to Manna Pro ( for sponsoring Duck Chats this month!
Marketing Monday with the Rocky Mountain Horse Association

Marketing Monday with the Rocky Mountain Horse Association

July 27, 2021

Welcome to another Marketing Monday! This month Rhyne Cureton and Brittany Sweeney are celebrating Horse Month and will be chatting with special guest Gina Purdue about Rocky Mountain Horses.


Gina is the current Secretary of the Rocky Mountain Horse Association (RMHA) and an active committee member. She has had horses since she was a child and has been involved with the RMHA since the late 90's. Learn more about RMHA at

Horse Chats Puerto Rican Paso Fino with Cesar Alejandro Romero

Horse Chats Puerto Rican Paso Fino with Cesar Alejandro Romero

July 23, 2021

Welcome to another Horse Chat! This week Charlene Couch and Brittany Sweeney are chatting with Cesar Alejandro Romero about the Puerto Rican Paso Fino horse. 

Alejandro received a BA,MA, Certificate in Equine Colour Genetics, and has been a Puerto Rican Paso Fino breeder since 1988 in the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico. He has also been in Horse Management since 1992 and created the Paso Fino Guayama Trainers Academy in Puerto Rico. 

The former Executive Director of the Paso Fino Office, Alejandro is a 
Consultant in breeding, pedigrees and appraising, an International Judge, and a graduate from the Guaynabo City Paso Fino judges Academy. He's also a member of the Asociacion Insular as an International Representative, Feria Dulce Sueno, Inc. as an International Rep and Registrar, the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino Federation of America; and a founding member of the Hacienda Paso Fino, Hacienda Puerta del Sol, Yeguada Fundación, Alianza de Paso Fino, and Paso Fino Cultural Heritage. 

Alejandro is also a writer, speaker, and podcaster. You can find him online at

Download today's slide presentation by Alejandro Romero on the Puerto Rican Paso Fino at

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