National Poultry Show June 2016
The Australian Heritage Turkey Society was a proud supporter of the National Poultry Show in June 2016. As well as giving $100 towards prizes for turkeys, AHTSI gave $150 for general show support. We were able to display our new banner, promote the association through our brochure, and display current drafts of the Slate and Lilac descriptors being written by our members.
Congratulations to Sergio Bestulic for Champion Turkey (Bourbon Red male), Champion Bourbon Red male, Champion Bourbon Red female.
Congratulations also to Michael Harriden (Lumley Estate Turkeys) for Champion Bronze male and Champion Bronze female.
AHTSI Conference: Growing Healthy Heritage Turkeys was on Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 May 2015.
Megg Miller, Editor of Australasian Poultry, gave the Keynote address entitled "A Turkey Legacy". In her address, she described early attempts to promote an Australian turkey industry. She shared a number of entertaining stories, as well as her large collection of turkey literature and extensive knowledge.
Greg Connors is the Senior Nutritionist with Ridley Agriproducts. He gave a very informative presentation on the how and why of turkey nutrition.
Dr. Yoni Segal spoke convincingly about biosecurity. Download his powerpoint presentation here. He also conducted a post-mortem on a young turkey. The video will be uploaded once it has been edited. Dr Segal has worked as a poultry veterinarian and production specialist with over 25 years of experience in the poultry industry. In 2012 he joined the Department of Primary Industries (DEDJTR) of Victoria in the position of Principal Veterinary Officer for Poultry and Emerging diseases.
During the farm walk, participants were shown how to artificially inseminate (AI) a turkey hen, first by collecting the semen from a mature male and then inseminating the hen with that semen. Check out the video on the next page.
Dr Grant Richards (Allfarm Animal Health) was very entertaining in his delivery of helpful advice on two important topics: Avoiding Heat Problems in Turkeys and Hatching and Incubation.
Katherine Kruk, representing BEC Feed Solutions, spoke enthusiastically about her particular area of interest - the development of innovative animal nutrition & health solutions, including natural ingredients, to combat diseases such as Blackhead. Download her powerpoint presentation here.
Steve Kidman described how he has developed a new variety of turkey - the Blue Palm - which is breeding true.
Reflections on the conference:
"a unique opportunity to network"; "an opportunity to enjoy a wonderful smorgasbord of [turkey] varieties through the field walks at Deutscher's Turkey Farm"; "a great impetus for writing new standards [for later inclusion in the Australian Poultry Standards]"