Facts about Turkey Farming

Facts about Turkey Farming

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, it is a great time to discuss how that delicious bird makes its way from the farm to your table.  Let’s take a look at some interesting facts about turkey farming.

  • Minnesota is the top turkey producing state in America.  Last year, they raised nearly 47 million turkeys.
  • Turkey farming is very humane.  Turkeys are provided shelter that protects them from inclement weather, predators, and disease. 
  • Turkey farms provide clean, fresh water at all times.  Turkeys are fed nutritious feed, which usually consists of corn and soybean meal mixed with vitamins and supplements. 
  • It takes approximately 84 pounds of feed to produce a 30 pound turkey.
  • Turkey farmers have become very efficient.  In the 1930’s a turkey farmer used 105 lb of feed to raise a 21 lb turkey, today a farmer can raise a 45 lb turkey on the same amount of feed.
  • Like humans, turkeys get sick.  When they are sick, farmers treat them with USDA and FDA approved antibiotics.  Turkeys are not allowed to be processed until these medicines no longer remain in the meat.
  • Turkey farmers are federally banned from using growth hormones or steroids to make turkeys grow faster.
  • Young turkeys are called “poults.” Most poultry you buy at the supermarket is classified as “young turkey,” because they are only a few months old when they are processed.
  • The Broad Breasted White turkey breed is the most popular type of turkey that is commercially produced today.  This breed features a large breast muscle, which satisfies consumer demand for turkey breast meat.
  • The average American, consumes approximately 18 lb of turkey each year.

Turkey farmers and processing companies are committed to providing a safe and wholesome product to consumers.  Will a broad breasted white turkey be gracing your table this Thanksgiving?    Sources: Minnesotaturkey.com/raising-turkeys/ Norbest.com/about-norbest/agricultural-facts/raising-turkeys Hobbyfarms.com/farm-industry-news/2012/11/09/turkey-poult-nutrition-essential-to-performance