Accurately counting livestock and poultry populations in the United States is fundamental to the conservation work of The Livestock Conservancy and helps determine extinction threat levels. Conducting a poultry census is particularly challenging and requires a comprehensive survey about every five years focused on both private and commercial poultry keepers. The 2021 McMurray Poultry Census has been the most complex heritage breed count in the 46-year history of the Conservancy. Thank you to nearly 2,000 breeders and hatcheries who submitted information on 7,500 flocks. Generous funding provided by McMurray Hatchery underwrote hundreds of staff and contractor hours to secure and analyze data.
The following links are to the graphs and charts providing details to accompany the written summary, which appeared in the Spring 2023 Livestock Conservancy Newsletter.