Introduced by Representatives Peaslee of Guildhall, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Dunsmore of Georgia, Hudson of Lyndon, Johnson of Canaan, Kennedy of Chelsea, Larocque of Barnet, Lawrence of Lyndon, Malcolm of Pawlet, Shaw of Derby, Smith of New Haven and Westman of Cambridge
Subject: General provisions; agriculture; state heritage breed of livestock
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to designate Randall Lineback cattle as the state heritage breed of livestock. A “heritage breed” is a traditional North American livestock species that is currently considered rare or endangered.
AN ACT RELATING TO THE DESIGNATION OF RANDALL LINEBACK CATTLE AS THE STATE HERITAGE BREED OF LIVESTOCK
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. FINDINGS
The only traditional breed of cattle to have originated in Vermont is the Randall Lineback. The Randall Lineback breed is named for the Samuel Randall family of Sunderland who developed the breed approximately 100 years ago by carefully preserving a closed herd. The breed’s appearance and striking color pattern set it apart from the standardized breed and distinguish it as unique. As recently as 1985, the Randall Lineback breed faced extinction when the remaining herd reached a low of between 15 and 20 head. Today, the Randall Lineback breed is growing, but still remains critically rare with fewer than 200 head registered nationally. In consideration of the contributions of the Randall Lineback breed to the agricultural history of Vermont, the state should recognize that preservation of this critically rare breed is integral to the heritage of Vermont.
Sec. 2. 1 V.S.A. § 515 is added to read:
§ 515. STATE HERITAGE LIVESTOCK BREED
The Randall Lineback breed of cattle shall be the official state heritage breed of livestock.
The Vermont General Assembly
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