In December 2004, the Society for International Livestock Breeds Diversity in Germany (GENUVI), was founded as a non-profit organization. The company is charged with the conservation and upbringing of livestock, in particular the promotion of internationally rare and endangered livestock breeds in Germany, which have not been maintained on the "Red List" of the German Society for the Conservation of Old and Endangered Livestock Breeds (GEH).
The company shall be the contact for these farm animal breeds, consultant, advisor, and breeding coordinator of animals for a better rotation (living gene reserve). Additionally, the existence and scope of the stock shall be reported to the racial breeding centres, if available, or to important stakeholders in the breed-origin countries as potential breeding reserve. Finally, in some cases, the Company may be the owner of livestock by acting as a rescue centre for certain breeds of small populations, their offspring are then passed on to members.
Not only German, but also many International Farm Animal Breeds in Germany are threatened from extinction like White Park Cattle, Scandinavian Fjell Cattle, Telemark Cattle, Portuguese Cachena Cattle, British Longhorn, Bulgarian Longhair Goat, Girgentana Goat, Rouge du Roussillon Sheep, Houtland Sheep, Poitou Donkey, Posavina Horse, Polish Konik Horse, Turopolje Pig, Danish Sortbroget Pig, Chinese Meishan Pig, Belgian Bearded Rabbit, Feral New Guinea Singing Dog, Ronquieres Turkey , Klätscher (a Domestic Pidgeon) and many other breeds.
For further informations about GENUVI please look into the complete GERMAN VERSION or just contact me under my address:
Dr. Jürgen Güntherschulze (Chairman)
Alte Dorfstr. 20
is linked to the internet forum of the above mentioned German GEH as well as to various other NGO`s and initiatives for the Conservation of Old and Endangered Breeds of Farm Animal Livestock, just like VIEH, whose founder and operator, Herwig zum Berge, is also a member of our society.
recognizes more than 50 foreign breeds, more than 1.200 stakeholders of such breeds with estimated 10.000 animals in Germany and round about 56.000 individuals worldwide.
helps breeders, colleagues, animal owners, and people in word and deed while setting up an information and exchange network , tasked with maintaining and securing of the domestic farm animal variety.