So you want to raise Heritage Turkeys. You have heard about their great flavor, their healthy immune systems, and their perfect fit for pasture-based production. But where do you turn for good information on Heritage turkey production? Most of the currently available information on turkey husbandry has been written primarily for the industrial Broad Breasted turkey, and the books written for the Heritage – or Standard – turkeys are out of print. Though some information in the modern publications apply, the differences are critical to the health and management of Heritage turkeys. For instance, Heritage turkeys fly – so how do you keep them home? They have different nutritional needs, which if not met can stunt their growth and your financial return. The list goes on.
The Livestock Conservancy has developed a modern manual for Heritage turkeys. It pulls together the best of the historic production information appropriate for Heritage turkeys and the best of modern health management. It addresses production from poult to processing, and marketing from packaging to distribution. If you want more information, the end of each chapter contains a rich resource list. Click here to purchase a copy.
The first chapter of the manual is available for download below. The complete manual is available for free download to all Livestock Conservancy members through their member login. Copies can also be purchased through the Livestock Conservancy store.
If you have any comments, suggestions, corrections or questions please send them to: The Livestock Conservancy, PO Box 477, Pittsboro, NC 27517, or email Jeannette Beranger at 919-542-5704 x103
Thanks to the many people who contributed to this manual, and especially to the Southern Region SARE Professional Development Program for funding this important project.
With best wishes to you as you explore pasture-rearing Heritage Turkeys!
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As part of its Master Breeder program, The Livestock Conservancy has worked with several renowned turkey breeders to develop these materials on Selecting Your Best Turkeys for Breeding. Learn from the experts how to select and evaluate birds. By preserving and codifying this knowledge, we can help conserve these birds for the next generation.