The Sheep Trust
   

Our mission
PROTECT AND CONSERVE THE GENETIC RESOURCES
OF HERITAGE SHEEP BREEDS


Helping to achieve economic and environmental sustainability

 

Heritage Sheep Breeds continue to be farmed commercially at present and contribute greatly to the regional rural economy. We need to find succesful new markets for their products to ensure their sustainable future.

 

Providing authoritative information for the general public and policy makers

 

Scientific issues underpinning Heritage Sheep Breeds and their rural environments must be available. We need to ensure the public knows about the importance of heritage sheep farming and the decisions of policy makers are underpinned by sound science.

 

Maintaining a genebank of germplasm as a safeguard to loss of biodiversity

 

Heritage Sheep Breeds are at risk from disease and genetic erosion. We need to conserve their genetic resources from these risks. The Heritage Gene Bank is maintained at Innovis.