Jeannette Beranger

The Livestock Conservancy


Jeannette Beranger is a program manager for the Livestock Conservancy and has more than 30 years of experience working as an animal professional. She uses her knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs. At home, she maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on rare breed chickens and horses. In 2015, she was named one of Country Woman Magazine‘s “45 Amazing Country Women” for her work in conserving endangered breeds. Books by this Speaker: An Introduction to Heritage Breeds

Jeannette will be speaking at the North Carolina, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania Fairs


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Talking Turkey

Heritage turkeys have made a remarkable comeback onto the American table, and they offer a great niche opportunity for farmers. Jeannette Beranger teaches the basics of breed selection, sourcing poults, and husbandry for turkeys being raised for the holiday market.
Animal Husbandry

Available In:

Oregon, Sunday 3:30-4:30 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

Rabbits The secret homestead resource

Rabbits are among the easiest species to raise and, unlike most of their farmyard counterparts, require little space and will not likely disturb neighbors with noise. For people wanting to become more self-reliant for food, the rabbit is a great choice for a meat resource that also provides you with top-grade fertilizer for the garden. Learn the basics of keeping and breeding rabbits and how heritage breed rabbits offer you a wide variety of sizes, personalities, and colors from which to choose.
Modern Homesteading Animal Husbandry

Available In:

North Carolina, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage
Oregon, Sunday 10:00-11:00 a.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

Poultry 101 A Course on Starting Your Own Flock Extended Workshop

Interested in raising your own poultry flock for meat, eggs, or both? Have you recently started a flock, but feel you still have a lot to learn about bird health and nutrition? Perhaps you keep laying chickens now but want to get into meat birds? Are you interested in learning how to raise poultry to market for supplemental income? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," you won’t want to miss this extended workshop. During this interactive session, learn the common sense basics of setting up for a breeder flock and how to make good breeding decisions for creating birds that meet breed standard while producing better meat and eggs in the process. Over time, you can make great improvements to your flock, which will translate to healthier, more productive, and ultimately more valuable birds. This session includes hands-on instruction for handling live chickens for the purpose of breeding birds and their evaluation. This workshop is sponsored by Manna Pro. Note: An extra pass is required for this workshop. Space is limited, get your passes today
Animal Husbandry Hands On

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Saturday 1:00-4:30 p.m., Hands-On and Extended Workshops Room B

Heritage Sheep The rising stars for family farms

Heritage breeds of sheep are quickly becoming the darlings of today’s booming fiber arts community. Beyond fiber, they are a resource for amazing meat products that are being rediscovered by a new generation of consumers wanting sustainably raised and flavorful products. At this workshop, the Livestock Conservancy talks about the basics of keeping sheep, choosing appropriate breeds, and how they can fit in your farm plan.
Animal Husbandry

Available In:

North Carolina, Saturday 2:00-3:00 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage
Maryland, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage
Oregon, Saturday 11:30-12:30 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage
Pennsylvania, Sunday 2:00-3:00 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage

Agrobiodiversity: Think climate change is a problem? This is bigger!

We are facing one of the most challenging periods in modern history. We struggle to feed a growing population in a period when global climate change makes growing that food all the more difficult. Agrobiodiversity is a key component for the achievement of food security and improved nutrition for all, especially in challenging environments and climates. This includes diversity in both crops and in livestock, which are interdependent upon one another. Explore the lessons learned from the use of only a few specialized crops and animals to feed the world and how the future now depends on conserving the remaining diversity left in the traditional seeds and breeds of our forefathers. Learn how you can become a part of this effort, whether you are a farmer, gardener, or consumer.
Animal Husbandry Keynote

Available In:

Pennsylvania, Friday 2:00-3:00 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage

Adding a Cow to Your Family

This introductory workshop prepares the homesteader for a useful bovine addition to the family. Topics covered include breed selection, purchasing, infrastructure, feeding, breeding, milking, processing, and more.
Modern Homesteading Animal Husbandry

Available In:

North Carolina, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage
Maryland, Saturday 5:00-6:00 p.m., The Livestock Conservancy Stage
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