Sustainable Production Systems for Range-Reared Standard Turkeys

2006 Annual Report for ES05-078

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2005: $109,444.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: Southern
State: North Carolina
Principal Investigator:
Marjorie Bender
American Livestock Breeds Conservacy

Sustainable Production Systems for Range-Reared Standard Turkeys

Summary

Sustainable Production Systems for Range-Reared Standard Turkeys

Information on range production of naturally-mating, standard varieties of turkeys (a.k.a. “heritage” turkeys) is urgently needed. Through a SSARE R & E Grant (LS02-134) the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and Virginia Tech have conclusive evidence that standard turkeys have more robust immune systems, better survivability, and superior overall performance in range-based systems than commercial strains. Information on range production of standard turkeys is, however, largely out-of-print. A diverse collaboration proposes to train agricultural professionals about range production of standard turkeys. Two regional workshops will be held on farms. A training manual, consisting of a series of topic-based pamphlets will be published which will integrate traditional information on production with contemporary information on diseases, processing and marketing. Participants’ outreach efforts will be supported with materials and personnel.

Objectives/Performance Targets

1. Ag professionals will become familiar with range production of standard turkeys. Participants will…

a. Be able to define the terms “naturally-mating”, “heritage” and “standard”;
b. Understand the recent research on standard turkeys which validates their conservation;
c. Understand the value of range production based on market trends and consumer preferences;
d. Be able to identify and name the standard varieties of turkeys;
e. Be able to outline the steps of range production from ordering poults through brooding, from pasturing and feeding through processing;
f. Be able to describe market niches, distribution options, and related regulations;
g. Be able to assist producers in developing a marketing strategy for this enterprise;
h. Be able to help farmers develop enterprise budgets and provide the economics of production based on regional and state specific data; and
i. Understand the regional infrastructure needed to successfully bring turkeys to the marketplace.

2. Ag professionals will be able to effectively disseminate information about range production of standard turkeys

Accomplishments/Milestones

The thirteen chapters of the turkey husbandry manual are completed and are in the process of final review. The text of all of the chapters combined is equivalent to 120 pages. Photographs are now being compiled to accompany the text.

A layout plan for the manual contents has been formulated and has been sent to a designer for completion.

Collaborators:

Tarri Street

tpstreet@bellsouth.net
Shepherd’s Hill Farm
673 SW Ichetucknee Ave
Lake City, FL
Office Phone: 3867550941
Bill McBrayer

Heritage Turkey Breeder
Rural Route 1 Box 1738
Wheatland, MO 65779-9707
Office Phone: 4172826337
Sep Harvin

wmsbrgpack@ftc-i.net
Owner
Williamsburg Packing Company
920 Eastland Ave
Kingstree, SC 29556
Office Phone: 8433556447
Holly Born

hollyb@ncat.org
Program Specialist, Economics & Marketing
National Center for Appropriate Technology
PO Box 3657
Fayetteville
AR 72702
Office Phone: 4794429824
Sam Ormont

saormont@yahoo.com
Heritage Turkey Breeder
2170 Bull Run Lane
Adams Run, SC 29426
Office Phone: 8436973000
Linda Landrum

llandrum@ufl.edu
Marketing & Rural Development
UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension
7580 County Road 136
Live Oak, FL 32064
Office Phone: 3863621725
Jeannette Beranger

jberanger@albc-usa.org
Research and Technical Program Manager
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
P.O. Box 477
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Office Phone: 9195425704
Website: www.albc-usa.org
Alan Moore

alan@lowcountrylocalfirst.org
Lowcountry Local First
1345 Ave G #AA
North Charleston, SC 29405
Office Phone: 8437405444
Janelle Holden

janelle@predatorconservation.org
Executive Director
Predator Conservation Alliance
P.O. Box 6733
Bozeman, MT 59771
Office Phone: 4062230962
Website: www.predatorconservation.org
Carole Addlestone

caroleaddlestone@mindspring.com
Slow Food – Charleston
Charleston, SC
Office Phone: 8432254307
Darlene McElwee

mcelwee87@alltel.net
Magnolia Farms
12886 87th Rd
Live Oak, FL 32060
Office Phone: 3863646450
Julie Helm, DVM, DACPV

jhelm@clemson.edu
SC NPIP Coordinator, Animal Health Programs
Climson University Livestock-Poultry Health Div.
PO Box 102406
Columbia, SC 29224-2406
Office Phone: 8032606442
Website: www.clemson.edu/LPH
Barbara Bowman

msbrix@aol.com
Owner
Boss Dog Marketing
PO Box 1494
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Office Phone: 7074338484
Thomas E. Peterson

Extension Veterinarian
Florida A & M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Calvert Larson

VA Tech Poultry Specialist (retired)
VA Tech
204 Alleghany St.
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Office Phone: 5403823211
Scott Hammann

shammann@iland.net
Poultry Processor
Rock Enon Poultry
40999 Sestak Rd
Russellville, MO 65074
Office Phone: 5733019950
Danny Williamson

brahmabrahma@hotmail.com
Heritage Turkey Production and Selection Expert
Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch
3441 Mustang
Tampa, KS 67483
Office Phone: 7852275149
Website: http://www.reeseturkeys.com/
Jennifer Kendall

editor@albc-usa.org
Communications & Marketing Manager
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
PO Box 477
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Office Phone: 9195425704
Website: www.albc-usa.org
Ann Fanatico

annef@ncat.org
Agriculture Specialist
Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas
PO Box 3657
Fayetteville, AK 72702-3657
Office Phone: 8664426085
Website: http://www.attra.org
Elena Toro

etoro@ufl.edu
Agriculture/Natural Resources Extenstion Agent
UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension
7580 County Road 136
Live Oak, FL 32064
Office Phone: 3863622771
Alex Hitt

abhitt@bellsouth.net
Peregrine Farm
Graham, NC
Office Phone: 3363766320
Brad Burbaugh

burbaugh@coj.net
Agriculture/Natural Resources Extension Agent
UF/IFAS Duval County Extension
1010 N. McDuff Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32254
Office Phone: 9043814689
Don Schrider

editor@albc-usa.org
Communications Director
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
P.O. Box 477
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Office Phone: 9195425704
Website: www.albc-usa.org
Jeff May

jmay449962@aol.com
Regional Manager
Dawes Laboratories
729 SW Winterwalk LN
Lees Summit, MO 64081
Office Phone: 8477785593
Linda Hart

texzun@bellsouth.net
Turkey Producer
(Indepedent Producer)
FL
Office Phone: 7725718657
Scott Beyer

sbeyer@oznet.ksu.edu
Associate Professor of Poultry Science
Kansas State University
130 Call Hall
Manhatten, KS 66506
Office Phone: 7855321201
Barbara Mracek

kybarb2002@msn.com
Owner/Operator
SS Enterprises Poultry Processing
9010 Richardsville Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Office Phone: 2707773214
Jesse Grimes

jesse_grimes@ncsu.edu
Professor of Poultry Science
North Carolina State University
235 Scott Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695
Office Phone: 9195155406
Mike Walters

mike@waltershatchery.com
Owner/Operator
Walter’s Hatchery
RR 3 Box 1409
Stilwell, OK 74960
Office Phone: 9187783535
Website: www.waltershatchery.com
Steve Moize

greenthumb@theshadygrovefarm.com
Manager
J.B.F. Processing
2305 Jay Shambley Rd.
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Office Phone: 9197426584
Dennis Epperly

dennis.epperly@mda.mo.gov
MO Dept of Ag Poultry Health
21501 Farm Rd 1120
Cassville, MO 65625
Office Phone: 4178465439