A Newport, R. I., Estate Strives to Save Rare Livestock Breeds by Freezing Them

The SVF foundation has preserved thousands of heritage farm animals by freezing their semen and embryos in liquid nitrogen. Should a disease epidemic or other disaster hit the handful of common, highly inbred breeds we now rely upon for food, this “frozen ark” containg such agricultural misfits as Tennessee Fainting Goats, Oreo Cattle, California Variagated Mutant Sheep and 15 other endangered varieties might save modern animal husbandry. Here’s a link to my article in the January 5 New York Times Dining Section:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/06/dining/06frozen.html?8dpc

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