758: Talia

So I've started listening to a podcast about heritage breed livestock. It's fascinating. I had a passing understanding of what this means, but getting the formal definition: livestock that's been in the U.S. since at least 1920, must be able to breed naturally, live a long time (like 10 years) and forage of the land, was really enlightening. I've also found out about all sorts of cool critters, like Cotton Field Geese, who were bred to weed the cotton fields of the south or mule footed pigs that are resistant to hoof rot (do you think they're kosher?). There's even a breed of little swamp ponies that contributed to the United States gaining independence as they could live off the land and were heat adapted compared to the monstrosities that the British were riding. Since the ducks I thought I was getting fell through, now I'm dreaming of heritage breed duckies...