Farm Fellowship Application

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Thank you for your interest in our Farm Fellowship! The goal of this program is to empower a new generation of farmers to save our most important market breeds of poultry from extinction by farming them. To sign up please review the program description and fill out the application form below.

Our Objective: To expand the population of these 10 critically important market breeds of poultry to 100,000+ Certified Standardbred animals on 100+ Farms

Program Description

The Farm Fellowship will give you the tools and knowledge to independently and profitably produce Certified Standardbred heritage poultry for food production purposes. This program hosts a grower track for egg and meat producing farms and a breeder track for breeding farms.

The first step in the program will be for Fellows to attend our upcoming Conference in Lindsborg Kansas, tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2022. Fellows that attend will receive instruction and training from Frank Reese and other highly skilled professionals, breeders, and APA Certified Judges. After the conference, we will provide participants with Good Shepherd’s renowned Certified Standardbred stock, ongoing mentoring and consultation, and a myriad of other exclusive benefits, including micro-grants, to support Standardbred production on their farms.

The tables below list just some of the areas of instruction we will provide. All the training listed will be specially designed to address the specific challenges of Standardbred poultry production. To officially apply, please complete the form below.

Grower and Breeder Program / $600 Annual Fee
The history of Standardbred and Industrial poultry
Choosing the right breeds for your farm
Farm Management: feeding and watering, lighting, ventilation, pest and pathogen control, nesting and egg collection, pastured production, and more
Humane Catching and transport
Slaughter and processing
Record-keeping and Management
Marketing and Distribution
Cooking Standardbred
Breeder Specific Program / $1200 Annual Fee
Poultry Breeding Basics: the SOP, the APA, and more…
Breeder management
Breeding methods: line breeding, inbreeding, and crossbreeding…
Selecting and Top Quality Breeders for Confirmation and Utility
Breeder Biosecurity and NPIP
Hatchery Management – building your hatchery, purchasing equipment, candling eggs, fertility determination, and more…
Getting Certified Standardbred by the APA
Master breeder training: ongoing mentoring and training, annual assistance with culling and selection…

Program BenefitsGrower TrackBreeder Track
Access to Certified Standardbred genetics from famed Good Shepherd lines
Access to financial aid to support Standardbred production on your farm*
Promotion of your farm through our website, social media, email list, and farmer network
Permission to advertise as a Good Shepherd Conservancy Partner Farm**
Ongoing expert guidance in the husbandry of Standardbred poultry
Ongoing marketing and distribution consultation
Valuable networking opportunities from the Good Shepherd Conservancy and its partners
Permission to act as a Good Shepherd Approved Hatchery/Breeder**
Access to financial aid to support Standardbred breeding on the farm*
Ongoing expert training and guidance in the breeding of Standardbred poultry
*Farms must demonstrate a need and comprehensive plan for use of financial aid benefits in a way that supports Standardbred production
**To be eligible for promotion as a GSC Partner Farm or Approved Hatchery/Breeder, farms may not produce or sell any industrial hybrid poultry varieties

Farm Fellowship Application
1Contact Info
2About Your Farm

Donation Amount
  • Friend $25+
  • Supporter $100+
  • Sustainer $1,000+
  • Partner $10,000+
  • Founder $100,000+