Managing a Herdbook or Registry

Cultivating Leadership for Breed Organizations

Welcome to Module 9 of our Cultivating Leadership Training Series. During this last module we will discuss how to manage a herdbook or registry for your organization. This includes the functions and importance of breed registry and how to properly manage a herdbook. From writing a breed description to security and accuracy, this webinar will cover all the important standard operating procedures for creating and maintaining a herdbook or registry for your breed organization.

The Cultivating Leadership Initiative helps breed associations, clubs, and registries establish and achieve high standards of operation for longevity and continued success. Thriving organizations save more livestock and poultry. The Cultivating Leadership Training Series also aligns with general best practices and is especially beneficial to officers and leaders of breed associations and clubs. This is the last of 9 modules in the series.

Banner photo of a Hog Island sheep courtesy of Peter Kasmala

Your Instructor

The Livestock Conservancy
The Livestock Conservancy

This course is taught by Jeannette Beranger, Judy Brummer, Cindra Kerscher, and Jaye Ray.

Jeannette Beranger is the Senior Program Manager for The Livestock Conservancy and has 30+ years’ experience working as an animal professional in zoological and non-profit institutions. She uses her knowledge to plan and implement breed conservation programs for the Conservancy. She is an active lecturer, writer, and photographer. She is co-author on the best-selling books An Introduction to Heritage Breeds and Managing Breeds for a Secure Future. Recently she was named one of Country Women Magazine's "45 Amazing Country Women" for her work in conserving endangered breeds, and as one of the Grow Network’s “Top 14 Women Leading the Natural Food Movement.” At home she practices what she preaches and maintains a heritage breeds farm with a focus on critically endangered breeds.

Judy Brummer has been involved in the Rocky Mountain Horse Association (RMHA) for more than 10 years. She has served on several committees, as a Director of Examiners, and as President for 6 years. She also assisted in the establishment of the Rocky Mountain Horse Foundation and became a member of their board. Judy has traveled across the United States and overseas as a representative of the RMHA and the Rocky Mountain Horse, and was inducted into the Charles Kilburn Society, an honorary society recognizing individuals who have made a significant contribution to the RMHA and the Rocky Mountain Horse breed.

Cindra Kerscher grew up in rural Pennsylvania with family members owning a dairy and a scrapple business. After moving to NC and studying Sustainable Agriculture, I worked on a 400 acre, organic, multi-species farm managing layers, broilers, turkeys, hogs, meat sheep and dairy cattle. I am a Program Manager here at The Livestock Conservancy, where I manage our Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em Initiative, coordinate sheep and goat related projects, as well as programs which support breeders and breed organizations.

Jaye Ray is the Program’s Assistant working to support The Livestock Conservancy’s Senior Program Managers and Program Coordinator. I serve as the registrar for heritage breed associations and studbooks managed by The Livestock Conservancy. I work directly with breed association volunteers to provide accurate Registration Services. I have an extensive background in data management and administration. I enjoy learning about different cultures through cooking and music.

The Livestock Conservancy is America's leading non-profit dedicated to saving rare breed livestock and poultry from extinction.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What is the Cultivating Leadership Initiative?
The Livestock Conservancy launched the Cultivating Leadership Initiative to help breed associations, clubs, and registries establish and achieve high standards of operation for longevity and continued success. Thriving organizations save more livestock and poultry. Components of the Cultivating Leadership Initiative include a Breed Organization Accreditation Program, Breed Organization Training, and Pedigree Registration Services. These programs are available to breed cubs, associations, and registries as optional services. Organizations may adopt whichever building blocks are most needed to address their own situation.

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