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Rare Breeds Conservation Society

Visit to Soggy Bottom Farm

You are invited to visit Soggy Bottom Holdings on Saturday 24 February with a combined group of Mid-North Island Rare Breedsters and Dexter Society people. We hope to be shown around the farm and an on-site butchery and business.

The Date and Time: Saturday 24th February, from 2pm.

The Venue: Soggy Bottom is a small mixed farm which is environmentally and economically sustainable. It is a 60-acre block of rough, hilly farmland beside the Hakarimata range north of Hamilton. Owners, Jono and Sarah Walker, farm free range pigs (Tamworths and Wessex Saddlebacks), Belted Galloway cattle, sheep and poultry. The animals are slaughtered at an abbatoir and processed in the on-site butchery at the farm. They sell the proceeds at local farmers markets.

How to get there: 298 Te Puora Road, R D 1, Ngaruawahia. If coming from Hamilton, turn left on to Waingaro Road from the main road (ex. SH1), cross the railway and Waipa River and drive past the Christian Youth Camp and Fulton Hogan Quarry; pass Clark Road and 2nd road on right is Te Puroa Road. Soggy Bottom is five kilometres from SH1 on the right as you drive south along Te Puroa Road.

Cost: No cost but Jono and Sarah will have meat from the farmers market ready to sell to all customers.

Contacts: To let us know how many are coming, we would appreciate it if you would contact Mairi Jay, phone: (07) 974 3730; email: mairimacintyre(at); or Betsy Smith (027) 469 0294; email: betstan3453(at)



At the Show (Photo by Marina Steinke)
Some of the Rare Breeds display pens at the the 2017 Canterbury A&P Show

The next meeting of the Canterbury group of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society will be held at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve (60 Hussey Road, Christchurch) on Friday 2 March 2018, starting at 7.30 pm. This meeting will essentially be to finalise arrangements for the Rare Breeds Auction.

We will again be having a used goods sale operating at the Rare Breeds Auction. Bring and buy anything pertaining to birds or animals, e.g. saddles, horse covers, cages, incubators, halters etc. etc. No chemicals please. You set your price, put a tag on the item, and bring it to Willowbank on the morning of the Auction – or if you really can’t get there perhaps someone else could bring it for you. Items can either be donated or can be sold for a 20% commission which goes to the Rare Breeds Society – let us know which you prefer.

Although not essential it would help if you could let us know beforehand what you are bringing – e-mail canterbury(at) or phone (03) 318 7237.



New pages added to the Rare Breeds Website during the past few months include:
       Chooks – Origin and Dispersal     [30.10.2017]
       Hamburg Chooks     [24.10.2017]
       Dorking Chooks     [24.10.2017]
       Barnevelder Chooks     [23.10.2017]
       Araucana Chooks     [23.10.2017]
       Ancona Chooks     [23.10.2017]
       Registry Login   (leads to other Registry pages)   [17.9.2017]
       Rare Breeds Registry     [9.9.2017]
       Leghorn Chooks     [30.8.2017]
       Plymouth Rock Chooks     [30.8.2017]
       Campine Chooks     [30.8.2017]
       Cochins in New Zealand     [18.8.2017]
       New Hampshire Red Chooks     [12.8.2017]
       Silkie Chooks     [12.8.2017]
       Cochin Chooks     [12.8.2017]
       Orpington Chooks     [30.7.2017]
       Faverolles Chooks     [29.7.2017]
       Hinterwald Cattle     [22.7.2017]
Check them out.

(Webmart and Directory are updated immediately listings change, and minor updates to other pages are not listed above.)

The Story of New Zealand's Arapawa Goats

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Rare Breeds member and organizer of the New Zealand Arapawa Goats Association, Alison Sutherland, has published a book on our Arapawa Goats. For years there has been some controversy as to when their ancestors first came to New Zealand and this book is the result of four years of comprehensive research into their origin and history.

In a foreword to the book, Michael Willis of the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve has noted –
“Alison takes us on a journey that is not only extremely readable and fascinating in its content, but it also gives an historical insight into part of our nation’s early history. Years of research has enabled Alison to systematically paint a verbal picture, bringing all the elements together in a way that has never been done before. This is an extremely enjoyable book to read, and an incredibly valuable documentation of a little known animal that has helped shape our country and identity.”

Printed in New Zealand, No Ordinary Goat, The Story of New Zealand’s Arapawa Goats, is a large (255 x 175 millimetres), soft cover book of 224 pages, with over 50 illustrations in colour. The price is set at $33 (GST inclusive) to keep it affordable for people wanting to know about the Arapawa goats. Postage is $7 for 1 or 2 books, and $14 for 3–5. Copies may be ordered on line from –


wad World Animal Day

World Animal Day is 4 October. Go to the  World Animal Day website for details and suggestions – plus items about last World Animal Day.



1. Contacts for South Island Poultry Clubs:

Ashburton Fanciers Society Inc: Mr B. J. Glassey, Longbeach Road, R D 4, Ashburton. E-mail: ashburtonfanciers (at)   Website: Ashburton Fanciers Society

Christchurch Poultry, Bantam & Pigeon Club: P O Box 8436, Riccarton, Christchurch 8440. E-mail: Show venue: 294 Blenheim Road, Riccarton. Website: Christchurch Poultry, Bantam & Pigeon Club.

Dunedin Poultry, Pigeon & Cage Bird Club: Mr C. Wilson, 5 Benfell Street, Green Island, Dunedin.

Ellesmere A & P Assn: Mrs H. Henderson, P O Box 17, Leeston.

Heartland Poultry Club: Lucy Raisbeck.   Phone: (03) 302 8646.   E-mail: heartlandpoultry (at)   Website: Heartland Poultry Club.

Invercargill Homing Pigeon Club: Mrs Y. Service,108 Oreti Street, Invercargill.

Invercargill Poultry & Pigeon Club: Mr M. Tucker, 329 Chesney Street, Invercargill.

MacKenzie A & P Assn: Mrs M. Thomas, Box 53, Fairlie.

Marlborough Poultry, Pigeon & Cage Bird Assn: Ms K Watson P O Box 869, Blenheim 7240.

Milton Poutry & Bird Club: Mrs I. M. Robinson, 21 George Street, Milton.

Nelson Poultry & Pigeon Assn Inc: Mrs A. Fryer, 67 Gladstone Road, Richmond, Nelson.

North Canterbury Poultry & Pigeon Club: Miss P. Brosnan, 130 Dalziels Road, Fernside, Rangiora.

Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon & Canary Society: Mr T. R. Hill, 13 Reservoir Road, Oamaru.

Taieri Poultry, Pigeon & Bird Club: Mr S. Bennett, 399 Pine Hill Road, Dunedin.

United Pigeon Fanciers Assn: Mrs S Greenwood, 1409 Bealey Road, R D 1, Darfield 7571.

Waimate Winter Show: Mrs N. Wells, 21 Edinburgh Street, Waimate.

West Coast (SI) Poultry & Pigeon Club: Mr D. Brooks, 28 Taylor Street, Taylorville, Greymouth.

The Secretary for The New Zealand (S.I.) Poultry, Pigeon and Cage Bird Association (Inc): Mrs Karyn Cardno, 7 John Street, Oceanview, Dunedin. Phone: (03) 481 1041.

2. For the North Island, see New Zealand Poultry, Pigeon & Cage Birds Associations.

Changes to Webmart and Breeders Directory

At the 2010 Annual General Meeting of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand (Incorporated) it was decided, with no dissentions, that as from 1 May 2010 only members of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society would be entitled to listings on the Website's Directory and Webmart. See Policy for details.

Charities Act Registration

The Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand Inc. was registered as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 on 30 June 2008 (Registration Number CC30930) and is listed in the Charities Register. This contains information about registered charities for people who may wish to make donations, do volunteer work for, use the services of or find out more about a particular charity. This includes where the charity operates and the sector it works in, contact details, services, charitable purpose, beneficiaries, governance structure and officers.

The Society also has donee organisation status with the IRD. This means that people can claim a tax credit (rebate) for donations made to the RBCSNZ. If you want to claim this tax credit, please ask for a receipt when you make your donation.

Texas Longhorn Embryos

If you are interested in obtaining Texas Longhorn embryos please contact Greg Mckay, Xcell Breeding Services Ltd, P O Box 165, Kaiapoi.   Phone: (03) 327 9555   Fax: (03) 327 9088   E‑mail: greg(at)



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