Monday, June 1, 2009

Bringing the Buckeye Back to Ohio

As part of efforts to recover endangered chicken breeds, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy are offering a unique, hands-on workshop opportunity for Ohio farmers with their “native son,” the Buckeye chicken.

Buckeyes were developed by Mrs. Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio, and appropriately named after the “Buckeye State.” Buckeyes are unique in the American Class of chickens in that it is the only breed created entirely by a woman. Mrs. Metcalf started by breeding a Buff Cochin male to Barred Plymouth Rock females. This produced what she considered a large, lazy fowl. The next year she purchased a Black-Breasted Red Game male and crossed this male over the half cochin pullets. This cross produced several red offspring and from there she developed the breed. It is interesting to note that her creation predated the introduction of Rhode Island Reds into the mid-west.

ALBC hopes to reintroduce this unique, dual-purpose breed back to Ohio - it's state of origin. Many of the birds used for the workshops will be kept by conservation breeders in Ohio. Also, some workshop attendees will receive hatching eggs to help further the conservation of the Buckeye.

Join us for this exciting event!

Buckeye Chicken Production Selection Workshops:

Time: Tuesday, June 23rd, 10 - noon and 2-4 pm Place: Old Trail School, 2315 Ira Rd. Bath, OH
The workshop is being offered at a $150 cost for indviduals and $250 for couples. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and will be on a first come first serve basis. You will need to sign-up for either the 10-noon workshop or the 2-4pm workshop.

Protecting Endangered Livestock Breeds and the Future of Agriculture - Presentation
Join American Livestock Breeds Conservancy’s Jeannette Beranger as she takes you on a trip of discovery to learn about the diversity of livestock and poultry breeds and the vital role they play in the future of agriculture. The event will also include a sampling of rare breed meats. a $15 donation from adults and $10 donation from children is requested to help cover expenses.
Tuesday June 23, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Old Trail School, 2315 Ira Rd. Bath, OH
For more information on either of these events and for registration information, contact: Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy
2179 Everett RoadPeninsula, OH 44264
Phone: 330.657.2542Fax: 330.657.2198

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