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1 The Thanksgiving Turkey Or how mass production nearly made turkeys extinct

2 The Wild Turkey

3 Turkey Today 99% of all turkeys in the world are factory- farmed Broad Breasted Whites 99% of all turkeys in the world are factory- farmed Broad Breasted Whites Disproportionately large breast makes walking difficult and mating impossible Disproportionately large breast makes walking difficult and mating impossible In 1997 the US Turkey Census found only 1,300 heritage-type turkeys In 1997 the US Turkey Census found only 1,300 heritage-type turkeys Through directed efforts, that number increased to 8,000 by the year Through directed efforts, that number increased to 8,000 by the year 2000.

4 Heritage Turkeys Selected from the wild by early settlers Selected from the wild by early settlers Directly related to our wild turkeys Directly related to our wild turkeys Still carry all “wild turkey” genes Still carry all “wild turkey” genes Naturally mating, slower growing, more flavorful Naturally mating, slower growing, more flavorful Heritage breeds are still able to fly Heritage breeds are still able to fly Can be raised on pasture to forage for themselves Can be raised on pasture to forage for themselves

5 Bronze

6 Farming

7 Factory—Large White

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9 Artificial Insemination

10 Heritage Genetics Spanish Black BBDDRR Homozygous Dominant Black base Homozygous dominant slate Homozygous dominant red Blue Slate BBddRR Homozygous Dominant Black base Homozygous recessive slate Homozygous dominant red

11 Heritage Genetics Bourbon Red bbrrDD Homozygous recessive bronze base Homozygous recessive red Homozygous dominant slate Bronze bbRRDD or bbRRDd Homozygous recessive bronze base Homozygous dominant red Homozygous dominant slate or Heterozygous slate

12 Heritage Genetics—Lilac bbRRdd Homozygous recessive bronze base Homozygous dominant red Homozygous recessive slate


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