Livestock Care in Museums


Oxen from Howell Living History Farm being used at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Recently a dedicated group of ALHFAM members, primarily from the Farm Professional Interest Group, took the time to develop and/or revise three documents relating to the use of livestock in museum settings.

They are:

Position statement on the Use of Livestock in Museum Settings (2016)

Adopted by the board in 2016, this document clarifies ALHFAM’s official position on the use of livestock in museum settings

Livestock Care in Museums (2016)

A “guidance” document intended for individual site’s resource and risk assessment when developing livestock programs and management plans/policies.

Handling Public Concerns on the Use of Livestock in Museum Settings (2016)

This document provides guidelines to help museums using livestock address and respond to public concerns regarding this practice

All documents are available via the links above or on the ALHFAM website.

Many thanks to Deb Arenz, Jon Kuester, Deb Reid, Jim Slining, Sean O’Herron, Barbara Corson, Jim Lauderdale, and Tom Kelleher for their work on this project.


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4 Responses to Livestock Care in Museums

  1. Susan Reckseidler says:

    Great resource! Thanks to all who contributed to the update.

  2. Do you care if I reblog this?

  3. Reblogged this on Sarah's Notebook and commented:
    Animals play an important part in museums, but not without careful thought. Check out the living history guidelines.

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