Australian Heritage Turkey Society Incorporated

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Mission Statement:
The Australian Heritage Turkey Society Inc (AHTSI) has four main objectives:
1. to promote and preserve varieties of rare turkeys in Australia.
2. to establish a registration system to ensure the gene pool is identified and protected, thereby securing the survival of old established lines and newly developed colours. 
3. to involve and educate the public about heritage turkeys.
4. to follow the protocol of the Australian Poultry Standards committee by documenting stages in the development of new varieties, to ultimately contribute to an inclusion in the Australian Poultry Standards.


Conference photos, information and links from our March 2017 conference  Trouble-Free Turkeys are now uploaded in Conference 2017.


Conference photos, information and links from our May 2015 Growing Healthy Heritage Turkeys  conference can be found in Articles and FAQs.


The Australian Heritage Turkey Society is a not-for-profit association with all monies raised from membership fees and fundraisers being used to further contribute to the goals of the Society e.g. to promote varieties of rare and heritage turkeys in Australia through Show Sponsorship (i.e. sashes/ rosettes and prize money), Website maintenance (i.e. license fees), and Publicity (i.e. flyers, banners, magazine advertisements).     

What is a heritage turkey?


Unlike chickens, ducks and geese, which are made up of a number of different breeds, domestic turkeys comprise but one breed, with a number of varieties. The Australian Poultry Standards (2nd edition) recognises nine varieties. Check the Photo Gallery to identify standard and new/developmental varieties.


A heritage turkey is one which:

1. can mate naturally.

2. is adaptable to variations in its surroundings e.g. food, weather.

3. has a life-span of at least five years.

4. has played a role in the development of the Australian turkey industry.


AHTSI's retractable banner can be easily erected at shows around Australia.