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We still have some turkeys left if you would like a delicious addition to your holiday mean or party! $6.40 lb. We have 10 - 19 lb birds. ... See MoreSee Less

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One of the reasons we raise Heritage Bronze Turkeys... ... See MoreSee Less

Twenty years ago, the Conservancy published the results of a three-year study led by member and poultry science professor at the University of Maine, Bob Hawes, to determine the status of turkey varieties in America and to identify those that needed to be conserved. During that first turkey census, a mere 1,335 breeding birds were found and the entire Heritage turkey population was rapidly heading toward extinction. To address this issue, the Conservancy initiated a campaign to bring Heritage turkeys back from the brink. In 1999, we published "Birds of a Feather," documenting results from that first census and the following year, several varieties of Heritage turkeys were successfully accepted to Slow Food's Ark of Taste. Efforts to promote turkeys were adopted by many Conservancy members and partnering organizations. The Conservancy conducted another census in 2002, finding 4,412 breeding birds, an increase of over 330% in just five years. In 2005, the Conservancy's first Heritage definition was released and you guessed it - it was for turkeys. In 2006, another census indicated more growth finding 10,404 breeding birds. In 2010, we published "Selecting Your Best Turkeys for Breeding" to help increase the quality of birds being raised and "How to Raise Heritage Turkeys on Pasture," a manual for those wanting to raise Heritage Turkeys. 2013 was an exciting year for promotion, with the Conservancy landing an interview about Heritage turkeys on NPR's Here and Now. Press coverage has become a perennial event for Heritage turkeys, especially around Thanksgiving. In 2014, the Conservancy conducted a genetic rescue of some of the last remaining Beltsville Small White turkeys, still listed in Critical, but becoming more secure with each generation as new breeders expand the population. In 2016, results from the North American Poultry Census showed terrific progress, with 14,502 birds in the breeding population, more than a 1,000% increase since the first census. Just yesterday, The Guardian featured a terrific article about the Conservancy's work with Heritage turkeys (goo.gl/aYSr89). As we all gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, let us reflect on the progress Heritage turkeys have made and share their story with our families and friends. If you're lucky enough to enjoy a heritage turkey this year, be sure to remember that by adding it to your menu, you're helping grow the demand, and the population for Heritage turkeys, ensuring the threat of extinction remains just a distant memory. Thanks for helping us spread the word about Heritage turkeys! If you're inclined to support our work, you are invited to take advantage of a special Matching Gift opportunity at livestockconservancy.org/index.php/involved/internal/donate

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