2019 Status Changes
Highland Cattle Graduation and Other Conservation Updates
By C.R. Couch, D. P. Sponenberg, T. Coucher, A. Martin and J. Beranger
Critical … Threatened… Watch… Recovering… Graduation!
The Livestock Conservancy determines its conservation priorities based upon a breed’s annual number of registrations in the United States and its estimated global population size. This Conservation Priority List helps the Conservancy to target conservation efforts for more than 150 endangered livestock breeds.
A breed is no longer in need of continuous monitoring if annual registrations exceed 5,000, or if global numbers are greater than 25,000. Having a breed hit these benchmarks is always an occasion for celebration, because it means that the dedication and hard work of breeders have paid huge dividends.
St. Croix sheep moved up from the Threatened category to Watch. To make the move to the Watch category, the breed must have more 1,000 annual registrations in the United States and an estimated global population of more than 5,000. This breed of Caribbean sheep grows a hairy coat that they can shed each year, rather than a wooly one that needs to be shorn. They are also fairly small in stature. These traits make them quite heat tolerant, although they can thrive in many climates.
Horses: Highland Pony
Cattle: Belted Galloway
Updated 2019 Full CPL : https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/conservation-priority-list