Zoe aims to help protect the future of domestic cattle breeds

The Trust is a national charity that works to save and protect the future of local breeds of cattle and horses.

Borders covers one of the largest areas of all RBST support groups, representing the charity across the region between Newcastle, Carlisle, Edinburgh and Glasgow and creating a network helping RBST members in or near the region work together to promote rare breeds. chances of survival.

Monitors local prospects and challenges for rare breeds, assists with the introduction of conservation programs, runs a program of social events, and encourages new interest in local breed conservation.

Zoe was born and raised on a rare breeds farm, Cromstane Farm in the Duns – one of the first rare breeds farm gardens in Scotland.

Sadly, the farm’s garden was closed to the public after the devastation caused by the foot and mouth disease outbreak in 2001 when Zoe was 10 years old, but the family farm has continued to support the preservation of a number of rare breeds of sheep including Greyface Dartmoors, Lincoln Longwools and Norfolk Horns and other domestic sheep such as Herdwicks and Shetlands.

In 2019, Zoe’s father Joe received the Marsh Christian Trust Lifetime Achievement Award for his rare and domestic cattle conservation services. In 2021, Zoe also became Chairman of the Board of Young RBST.

“I am very proud to take over as Chair of the RBST Borders Support Group,” said Zoe. “Our group really brings together people who share a common interest in our rare, wonderful breeds of cattle and horses, and who share the important goal of supporting the survival of these breeds long into the future.” The Borders Group covers an area We have an important job in helping our group keep up to date with the latest news and regulations for both Scotland and England.

“In addition to supporting our members in the local area, I am keen to promote their great work to play a leading role in RBST’s efforts to protect the future of local breeds nationally, and to connect our group members with the new national RBST Youth Group.

“This is an exciting time for the RBST Border Support Group. Not only has appreciation grown for the characteristics of local breeds and their products, we are also looking forward to restarting our program of face to face events. One of the first events will be the Border Agricultural Society’s Day of Schools in Kelso in May, as we look forward to introducing children to the Elementary school age with some of our rare breeds and encourage new interest in the reasons why these breeds are so unique.

“We are a very friendly bunch and encourage anyone with an interest in local breeds to get in touch, whether to simply receive our quarterly newsletters or to get more involved in our conservation events and work.”

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