Hawk Hill Farm
Dedicated to the preservation of heritage breed livestock
© Hawk Hill Farm 2003

Livestock

 Hawk Hill is dedicated to the breeding and promotion of heritage breed livestock. We have chosen to do this not only for the global benefit to agricultural biodiversity but to our farm’s benefit of having hardy animals that thrive on low input production methods that improve the environment of our farm.  And yes pasturing livestock done right puts carbon back into the soil.  We want to be part of the solution!
Introduction Over the years Laurie Maus has bred and raised multiple livestock breeds: Holstein and Ayrshire Cattle, Canadian Horses, North Country Cheviot and Tunis Sheep, Partridge Chantecler and Silver Grey Dorking Chickens.  While each of these breeds have their good and bad points, we have chosen to focus on breeding Tunis Sheep and Partridge Chantecler chickens for the balance of our farming career.  Why Heritage Breeds matter? The livestock industry in Canada is dominated by just a handful of breeds: Holstein and Angus cattle, Rideau Arcott, Suffolk and Dorset Sheep, Leghorn  and Cornish Cross chickens.  In other countries you will find similar domination of the agriculture industries by a few breeds. This is especially true in developed nations.    With the domination by a narrow range of breeds, many heritage breeds are being lost and with them the genetic diversity and ability to adapt to changing climate, conditions and diseases as well as changing consumer demands.  The Canadian Goverment recognized that loss of heritage breeds made our country’s food security vulnerable and with most countries worldwide signed a number of international conventions to protect livestock genetic diversity.  These conventions included the Biodiversity Convention and the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.  The government has established the Canadian Animal Genetic Resource Program that preserves genetic material through cryopreservation.  Despite that program, all the live animal breeding programs in the federal goverment have been shut down leaving the responsibility to preserve these breeds to passionate individuals like Bob and me.    Consider joining us in this goal as well as support us by buying our livestock and our products. Chantecler Chickens Chantecler Chickens Canadian Horses Canadian Horses Tunis Sheep Tunis Sheep
Hawk Hill Farm
Heritage breed livestock
© Hawk Hill Farm 2003

Livestock

 Hawk Hill is dedicated to the breeding and promotion of heritage breed livestock. We have chosen to do this not only for the global benefit to agricultural biodiversity but to our farm’s benefit of having hardy animals that thrive on low input production methods that improve the environment of our farm.  And yes pasturing livestock done right puts carbon back into the soil.  We want to be part of the solution!

Introduction

Over the years Laurie Maus has bred and raised multiple livestock breeds: Holstein and Ayrshire Cattle, Canadian Horses, North Country Cheviot and Tunis Sheep, Partridge Chantecler and Silver Grey Dorking Chickens. While each of these breeds have their good and bad points, we have chosen to focus on breeding Tunis Sheep and Partridge Chantecler chickens for the balance of our farming career.

Why Heritage Breeds matter?

The livestock industry in Canada is dominated by just a handful of breeds: Holstein and Angus cattle, Rideau Arcott, Suffolk and Dorset Sheep, Leghorn  and Cornish Cross chickens.  In other countries you will find similar domination of the agriculture industries by a few breeds. This is especially true in developed nations.  With the domination by a narrow range of breeds, many heritage breeds are being lost and with them the genetic diversity and ability to adapt to changing climate, conditions and diseases as well as changing consumer demands. The Canadian Goverment recognized that loss of heritage breeds made our country’s food security vulnerable and with most countries worldwide signed a number of international conventions to protect livestock genetic diversity.  These conventions included the Biodiversity Convention and the Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources.  The government has established the Canadian Animal Genetic Resource Program that preserves genetic material through cryopreservation.  Despite that program, all the live animal breeding programs in the federal goverment have been shut down leaving the responsibility to preserve these breeds to passionate individuals like Bob and me.  Consider joining us in this goal as well as support us by buying our livestock and our products.

The Canadian Horse - Our National Treasure

Last year is the 350th Anniversary of the Canadian Horse.  We invite you to enjoy this short video on this wonderful breed.  Thanks to the Canadian Horse Breeders Association for this video.  The Canadian Horse While some people raise Canadians because they want to preserve a rare breed and the National Horse of Canada, there are other more practical reasons for owning a Canadian.  Canadian horses are sturdy, hardy, strong, easy keepers, that rarely having health or soundness problems and are even tempered.   It is a multipurpose breed that excels in many disciplines including driving, dressage, trail riding, herding cattle, logging, jumping, vaulting etc. An article in the May 2005 Equus on "Buying or Building an Ideal Trail Horse" by Dan Aadland recommended looking for a horse with: good feet good bone (at least 7 inch cannons for a 1,000lb horse) short back deep from withers to sternum moderate slope on the shoulder sensible temperament able to be mounted without a block While Mr. Aadland may not even know about the Canadian horse and does not recommend any specific breed in his article, most of the conformational features in his ideal trail horse can be found in a Canadian horse.  The same can be said for someone describing an ideal driving horse and so on.  The Canadian is the "Little Iron Horse that Can!"   While we are no longer breeding Canadian horses, leaving this activity for those younger than ourselves, we are proud of the foals we produced.