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RBC Chair, John Mills, has graciously donated an Original Oil on Canvas Painting to the CHEO Auction at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show, Thursday March 12th, Noon.Highest bidder can choose one from the three paintings shown:
Dimensions are 11 inch x 14 inch To see more of John's artwork go to www.johntmills.ca
RBC Chair, John Mills, has graciously donated an Original Oil on Canvas Painting to the CHEO Auction at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show, Thursday March 12th, Noon.
Highest bidder can choose one from the three paintings shown. http://www.ottawafarmshow.com - If anyone wants to bid online they'd need to text 204-573-8204 Thursday around noon when the auction starts.

Bowen Pride' Horned Dorset Ram


Canada's Own Chantecler Chickens


Belted Galloway's in Apple Blossom


Here is an image of RBC Chair John Mills Original Oil Painting of a Canadian Mare & Foal at UCV(Upper Canada Village Museum). John annually donates a few pieces of his work to RBC to help promote the heritage breeds of our National Non-Profit Charitable Organization. The piece is 12" X 14", stretched canvas, unframed, with hangar.


Canada’s Little Iron Horse -Le Cheval Canadien | This little known heritage horse breed of Canada is a sturdy, all purpose horse descended from some of King Louis the XIV’s best horses, sent to the colony of New France (now Quebec) in the late 1600′s. They evolved into the Canadian Horse, a breed that is now genetically distinct from other breeds. The Canadian Horse survived hard conditions, sparse food, and severe weather to become the easy keeping, and exceptionally strong animals that they are today. These traits have earned the Canadian the nickname The Little Iron Horse. These Canadian Horses were the first to clear, plough, and cultivate Canadian soil. In 1895 the Canadian Horse Breeders Association was formed to try to preserve what remained of the Little Iron Horse breed. In 1913 The Canadian government set up a breeding program at Cap Rouge, Quebec. There were other breeding programs set up in Quebec at St. Joachim and La Gorgendiere that continued to breed Canadian horses until 1981. The breed is slowly gaining popularity and now, with the help of dedicated breeders, there are over 6000 registered Canadians. The Canadian Horse has played an invaluable part in the foundation of this country. On April 30, 2002, a bill was passed into law by the Canadian Government making the Canadian Horse an official symbol of Canada. In this production you will see the versatility of the Canadian Horse at work on the farm and being ridden under saddle. The film will provide in depth insight on how to train Canadian Horses to harness and saddle. Experienced horsemen and women share their wealth of knowledge of working with Le Cheval Canadiens.

DVD l hour 25 minutes – $24.95 plus $4.95 Shipping/Handling

Upper Canada’s Village Horse Lover’s Weekend September 5, 6 & 7
September 5 will celebrate the 350th Anniversary of the Canadian Horse coming to North America from France

On September 5 events using only Canadian Horses will include field work, threshing, power drag saw, horse drawn wagon and boat rides. The Canadian horse became the National Horse of Canada in 2002.  At 1 PM there will  be a parade of all the Canadian horses. The Canadian horses at the village will be used as well as  teamsters will be bringing Canadian horses from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec to participate in this special day.



Photo by Peggy McDonald - Hourglass Art Studio


The Directors of Rare Breeds Canada would like to know what you think of the new-look Genesis.
Drop them or the Office a line. For contact information go to Contact us Page . Thanks


Welcome to Rare Breeds Canada and Genesis the Journal of Rare Breeds Canada Conserving Heritage Livestock

Rare Breeds Canada is a federally registered charitable organization formed in 1987. We are working to conserve, monitor and promote heritage and rare breeds of Canadian farm animals.

Conservation takes many forms: we work to increase populations, encourage registration of pure stock, assist farmers to find breeding stock, educate the public, maintain a bank of rare semen and create networks so farmers can find and exchange stock and find markets for their produce.

Markets are developing for heritage meats–in many cases demand outstrips supply. Thanks to years of dedicated work by Livestock Conservation organization around the world, there is a glimmer of hope for heritage breeds. As long as we will eat them, farmers will keep them.

Many breeds that played a vital part in feeding Canadians in the past are still in danger of extinction. Our annual Conservation List takes the pulse of these fragile populations. Rare Breeds Canada also collects data in targeted census counts to understand population distribution.

Food security is an important issue in our conservation effort. The genetics of the older rustic breeds have qualities that are in demand now and may be invaluable in the future. Today’s industrial farming methods of intensification and specialization 

have put our food supply at risk by creating a dangerous dependency on a narrow genetic base and highly mechanized management.

Heritage breeds are thrifty, easy keepers– are disease resistant, birth easily, and have superior mothering abilities. Chefs and cheese 

makers all over the world are excited about the superior taste of heritage meat & dairy products.

Heritage breeds are ideally suited to organic and sustainable agriculture systems such as rotational grazing and natural, outdoor livestock housing. They complement smallholdings and can be equally successful commercially in the developing niche markets for conscientious consumers.

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