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Heritage Turkeys – These Breeds Are a Tasty Alternative

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Of the 200,000,000 turkeys that are raised annually, only about 25,000 are heritage breeds. The reas
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Curt Gesch says:

    In our area, central British Columbia, there are a few people who raise Small White (Beltsville) turkeys for some of the same reasons the breed was developed. They are smaller turkeys for smaller families. They reproduce naturally and raise young quite easily.

  2. Richard Moyer says:

    My kids have raised Bourbon Reds the last 10 years, a small breeding flock. Good demand from our market customers; even with higher price reflective of longer life and more labor involved with these breeds. First six weeks with poults is quite demanding, after that much easier. Until the teenager stage when don’t want to be with parents, fixate on cars (hoods & roofs), refuse to go to bed, etc. Having a predator-proof coop is paramount, as well as protection during the day if free ranging. We use a Great Pyrenees. Worth preserving these breeds if you have time and interest.

    Do we laugh or cry dept:
    Upon moving to this area, we were invited to Thanksgiving dinner with a couple of families who turned out, over after-dinner conversation, to be white separatists. They were surprised we ate dark meat from turkey. Admitting no one in their family liked it so they threw the dark all away each year. Made me wonder how they played piano…

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