Beltsville Small White Turkeys
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Beltsville Small White Turkeys are relatively small and haverncompletely white plumage. They were developed at the USDA's Beltsville Agricultural ResearchrnCenter.

In the early 1930s most turkeys raised in the US had darkrncolored plumage, were medium to large in size and had a narrow breast without arnlot of meat. In 1936 a survey found that 87% of home consumers wanted a NewrnYork-dressed bird (blood and feathers removed) weighing between 8 and 15rnpounds. They also wanted a bird that was meaty, well-finished, and had no darkrnpin feathers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture research center at Beltsville Maryland, therefore, began a breeding program between 1934 and 1941 to create arnbird that would fill the consumer demand for a bird that would fit apartmentrnsized refrigerators, small ovens, and small families. Researchers developed thernnew Beltsville Small White variety from White Holland, White Austrian Narragansett, Bronze, and Wild Turkeys.

While Beltsville Small White Turkey was successful with smallrnfamilies, it was never popular with restaurants. By the 1970s, Beltsville SmallrnWhite Turkeys had almost disappeared, and the Broad reasted White had become thernmost popular.

rn eltsville Small White Turkeys are still extremely rare today and are listed as Critical by the AmericanrnLivestock Breeds Conservancy.

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