|Conservancy member Julie Gauthier with Beltsville Small White turkeys|
With a major opportunity on hand to help the breed, The Conservancy jumped into action on the recovery project and identified several members in the region who would commit to the recovery program and work with us to serve as new stewards for the breed. The first batches of hatching eggs arrived at the Conservancy’s office this past April and together with a nearby member, Julie Gauthier, we were able to hatch nearly 200 poults which were distributed to 4 farms in the region.
This past week, we had an opportunity to receive 25 adult birds that were going to be replaced next breeding season with a younger generation of birds. Staff member Jeannette Beranger and Conservancy member Julie Gauthier made the trek to Athens to collect 25 turkeys and bring them back to North Carolina where they will be incorporated into the breeding flocks started with poults from this spring’s hatch.
This is a very exciting time for the Beltsville Small White and we hope to make them once again, a favorite for a smaller more intimate holiday table.
For more information on the program contact Jeannette Beranger at email@example.com.