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from the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand
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POULTRY CLUB CONTACTS
1. Contacts for South Island Poultry Clubs:
Ashburton Fanciers Society Inc: Mr B. J. Glassey, Longbeach Road, R D 4, Ashburton. E-mail: ashburtonfanciers (at) hotmail.com Website: Ashburton Fanciers Society
Christchurch Poultry, Bantam & Pigeon Club: Beth Inwood, P O Box 8436, Riccarton, Christchurch. E-mail: info(at)poultryclub.co.nz Website: Christchurch Poultry, Bantam & Pigeon Club.
Dunedin Poultry, Pigeon & Cage Bird Club: Mr C. Wilson, 5 Benfell Street, Green Island, Dunedin.
Ellesmere A & P Assn: Mrs H. Henderson, P O Box 17, Leeston.
Heartland Poultry Club: Lucy Raisbeck. Phone: (03) 302 8646. E-mail: heartlandpoultry (at) hotmail.co.nz Website: Heartland Poultry Club.
Invercargill Homing Pigeon Club: Mrs Y. Service,108 Oreti Street, Invercargill.
Invercargill Poultry & Pigeon Club: Mr M. Tucker, 329 Chesney Street, Invercargill.
MacKenzie A & P Assn: Mrs M. Thomas, Box 53, Fairlie.
Marlborough Poultry, Pigeon & Cage Bird Assn: Ms K Watson P O Box 869, Blenheim 7240.
Milton Poutry & Bird Club: Mrs I. M. Robinson, 21 George Street, Milton.
Nelson Poultry & Pigeon Assn Inc: Mrs A. Fryer, 67 Gladstone Road, Richmond, Nelson.
North Canterbury Poultry & Pigeon Club: Miss P. Brosnan, 130 Dalziels Road, Fernside, Rangiora.
Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon & Canary Society: Mr T. R. Hill, 13 Reservoir Road, Oamaru.
Taieri Poultry, Pigeon & Bird Club: Mr S. Bennett, 399 Pine Hill Road, Dunedin.
United Pigeon Fanciers Assn: Mrs S Greenwood, 1409 Bealey Road, R D 1, Darfield 7571.
Waimate Winter Show: Mrs N. Wells, 21 Edinburgh Street, Waimate.
West Coast (SI) Poultry & Pigeon Club: Mr D. Brooks, 28 Taylor Street, Taylorville, Greymouth.
The Secretary for The New Zealand (S.I.) Poultry, Pigeon and Cage Bird Association (Inc): Mrs Karyn Cardno, 7 John Street, Oceanview, Dunedin. Phone: (03) 481 1041.
2. For the North Island, see New Zealand (North Island) Poultry,
Pigeon & Bird Association (Inc.) or the North Island Poultry & Pigeon Club.
Rare Breeds member, Marion Mangnall, advises that some Raglan lambs are for sale by Jean Donaldson, phone (03) 314 5878, North Canterbury.
The Raglans are a very rare breed and the Rare Breeds Conservation Society is eager to have a few more people maintaining a small flock to keep them in existence. Marion has a few herself and they have lambed well, grown well and are looking really good. Raglans are a bit smaller than the average Romney, but are hardy, robust animals. They are white (though Marion had a black lamb in October) and have a nice fine fleece
Please consider Raglans as a breed for your property. There is a very limited gene pool to work with, but if a few people have some we can swap around rams.
NEW ARAPAWA GOAT ASSOCIATION WEBSITE
The New Zealand Arapawa Goat Association has a new website at NZAGA containing a lot of information about this very special and rare breed of goats.
World Animal Day
World Animal Day is 4 October. Go to the » World Animal Day website for details and suggestions – plus items about last World Animal Day.
Karakul Sheep Available
Karakul flock for sale. Eight ewes, two hoggets and two rams. All animals to go together – we are looking for someone to develop this breed. Registered with the New Zealand Sheepbreeders Association. This flock is possibly the last major repository of all of the genetics in New Zealand, and is of considerable value. $1750.00 plus GST for the whole flock to a suitable breeder. Serious enquiries only please.
Contact: mike (at) willowbank.co.nz
Levin, Otaki to Manawatu
Anyone interested in getting together to discuss the possibility of holding a Rare Breeds Auction in this area, please contact Sonya, phone: (06) 329 9697 e-mail: jands (at) xtra.co.nz
Changes to Webmart and Breeders Directory
At the 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand (Incorporated) it was decided, with no dissentions, that as from 1 May 2010 only members of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society would be entitled to listings on the Website's Directory and Webmart. See Policy for details.
Caspian Horses are very rare in New Zealand, and there are only about 1000 world-wide.
One of our members who has some stallions and an aging mare, is desperately seeking other mares to ensure the survival of the breed in this country.
Can you help? Any information on the breed in New Zealand would be most welcome.
Contact editor(at)rarebreeds.co.nz in the first instance.
Enderby Cattle – A Unique Opportunity
Would you like to own a breeding unit of Enderby Cattle – the rarest cattle in the world?
The Rare Breeds Conservation Society will give a breeding unit to a suitable caregiver, but with some conditions.
Contact Dave Matheson (03) 329 9897 evenings, for details.
Wool from old sheep
AgResearch is looking for wool from some really old sheep. We would prefer English Leicester, Drysdale and Merino but we will consider other breeds. It would be ideal if there was some younger related animal hopefully of the same breed available, but we cannot afford to be fussy looking for oldies. Please contact Scobie (03) 321 8688 or via email scobie(at)agresearch.co.nz
Lady, the founding matriarch of all Enderby cattle alive today, has died. The following was written by Dave Matheson, who has looked after this very rare breed since 2002.
On the 26th May 2009 Lady was found dead in her paddock, tucked under a dry hedge. She had eaten hay the day before and showed no signs of struggle where she lay. It would seem she did not suffer much and died reasonably quietly. She had found the last two winters a little tough and was fed separately, but bounced back to good condition over the warmer months. However she was taken off the island seventeen years ago as an adult so most likely was well past twenty years – a great age for a cattle beast. She had a very interesting life for a cow. Born wild on a deserted island, had helicopter and boat rides back to the mainland, and travelled from Bluff to Auckland over the years. She was shown at Canterbury and Auckland A & P shows, was donor of the first cloned cattle in the world, and was the first breed of animal saved from extinction by cloning. Her life was threatened by activists against genetic engineering until they realized cloning was not G.E., and she was insured for $30,000 for the Auckland show. She appeared many times on TV, was talked about worldwide on radio, and appeared in many papers and magazines – she even appeared in TIME. Lady fascinated people worldwide in that she came from a breed of seaweed eating cattle. I always loved the fact that although born wild she quickly settled down to be as quiet as any domestic cow eating hay from the bale as it was opened. And in the yards always calm despite all the treatments she had to get her in calf. Lady was lucky to meet a number of good people. Michael Willis who rescued her, William Vivanco and David Wells from AgResearch, the Auckland Royal A & P Association who sponsored her along with Beverley McCulloch and Michael Trotter. She will be missed.
See » Enderby Cattle for details of this breed.
Charities Act Registration
The Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand Inc. was registered as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 on 30 June 2008 (Registration Number CC30930) and is listed in the Charities Register. This contains information about registered charities for people who may wish to make donations, do volunteer work for, use the services of or find out more about a particular charity. This includes where the charity operates and the sector it works in, contact details, services, charitable purpose, beneficiaries, governance structure and officers.
The Society also has donee organisation status with the IRD. This means that people can claim a tax credit (rebate) for donations made to the RBCSNZ. If you want to claim this tax credit, please ask for a receipt when you make your donation.
Texas Longhorn Embryos
If you are interested in obtaining Texas Longhorn embryos please contact Greg Mckay, Xcell Breeding Services Ltd, P O Box 165, Kaiapoi. Phone: (03) 327 9555 Fax: (03) 327 9088 E‑mail: greg(at)xcell.co.nz
RBCS Registration Programme
Registrations will now be accepted for the following breeds:
Arapawa sheep, Arapawa goats, Awassi sheep, Enderby cattle, Lakenvelder cattle, Enderby rabbits, Pinzgauer cattle
To qualify for registration, the provenance of the animals must be supplied (i.e. details of their background, who or where they were obtained from, etc. to verify that they are a pure representative of the breed) and each animal must be identified individually (this can be your own eartag, tattoo, etc., sufficient to distinguish the animal from others).
There is currently no fee or inspection required for registration.
Please contact the Secretary of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society (ava.hunt(at)xtra.co.nz) if you would like to register your animals. See Registration Scheme and Inventory for details.
RARE BREEDS BROCHURE
A full-colour brochure for the Rare Breeds Society has been printed. Copies of this brochure will be made available upon request from members for distribution at shows, field days, meetings etc. - or for just handing on to a prospective member. Enquiries should be made to Ava Hunt, ava.hunt(at)xtra.co.nz