Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere on BYC, but I looked and do not see it. I think it is important and deserves mentioning.
The Livestock Conservancy (TLC) is conducting a North American poultry census. Funded by Murray McMurray Hatchery, this critically important project will enable us to understand how different poultry breeds are faring in the United States and Canada. The last poultry census was conducted by TLC more than a decade ago, and now with the Federal National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) no longer collecting breed-specific data, this will be the only effort of its kind in America. The census will be a vital source of information for TLC as well as other poultry focused organizations nationwide and internationally. The data gathered will help to aim and extend vital breed conservation work where it is needed the most and will guide efforts throughout the 21st century.
The census will be focused on old landrace & large fowl standard bred poultry as recognized in the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection— more specifically, on the breeding stock being maintained. We are specifically asking for information on the number of breeding birds only in order to get an estimate on the size of the actively reproducing gene pool for each breed. The information you provide for this census will be held in strict confidence unless you indicate that you would like us to share it with others interested in the breed you maintain. Please take a few minutes to complete this census form through the link below. Your participation is highly valued. The final results will be shared on the TLC website and with all of our project partners listed below, without whom this project would not be possible.
It is a survey asking what varieties you have of breeding poultry. It is important since the last poultry census was done more than 10 years ago. This census is how we know what breeds are common and which are rare. The census is about chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese.
I know there are so many hard-working breeders here. I hope you participate. It would show how far breeds have come in the last several years. This information has the potential to save breeds from extinction and make history. Please share with all poultry breeders you know, especially those working with heritage/rare breeds.
Has anyone here participated in the census? What breeds are you working with?