The Hamilton Rare Breeds Foundation farm in Hartland, VT
The Hamilton Rare Breeds Foundation is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1998. Its goals are to propagate, conserve, and educate the public about rare breeds of farm animals.
On the farm in Hartland, Vermont are breeding herds of Poitou donkeys, Choctaw Mustangs, Dales Ponies, and Randall Lineback Cattle, and two American Cream Draft horses.
The foundation has pioneered in the use of frozen semen in the Poitou Donkey and is the first to have produced foals with this technology. We have worked closely with the French Registry and French breeders who have done everything possible to help us. The conservation results here have been good and we are gradually building a good breeding herd. It will take years more to assure safe numbers of genetically healthy Poitou Donkeys.
The foundation has received tax deductible gifts and grants which have enabled it to pursue research in animal health and reproduction. Donations will allow us to go forward with embryo transfer work and to build a retirement barn for the older animals.