by Emily Rose Johnson, Communications Coordinator for The Livestock Conservancy | Monday, November 28, 2022 —
Pineywoods Bull, courtesy of Bruce and Marge Petesch / Chatco Cattle Company

Several speckled brown and white cows graze in a pasture at Bruce and Marge Petesch’s Tangled Oaks Farm in Siler City, NC. These are Pineywoods cattle, one of several endangered heritage breeds in the Southeast.

“We chose Pineywoods because they were the right size, capable of defending themselves from predators, known for easy calving, and a perfect fit for the silvopasture land management strategy we envisioned,” said Bruce and Marge.

Read on to discover the long histories of Pineywoods cattle and a few more endangered heritage livestock and poultry breeds of the Southeast.