Young Bourbon Red turkey poults have just moved outdoors after a long, wet spring.
In the U.S., just a few main breeds dominate the livestock industry. Due to lack of genetic diversity, these animals are highly susceptible to disease. Introducing heritage breeds alleviates stress on the industry and keeps historical varieties alive.
Data, courtesy of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, shows the number of poultry breeds on the conservancy list and their various statuses.
Sarah Moore & Janelle Schroeder
Farmers and breeders discuss the importance of heritage livestock and poultry, their beneficial qualities and why we should eat them.