“Do you like that Veggie Feed?”
We’ve been asked many times from consumers and other farmers, “How do you like raising vegetable fed birds?” We’ve heard other farmers not having luck, and they like conventional feed provided. We’ve also been asked, “Do the birds like the feed?”, “What differences have you seen since swapping out conventional feed over to vegetable feed?” We’re happy to say, our birds have adapted well and we think our birds like vegetable feed better. Their guts seem tighter (meaning, their stool isn’t as loose). They seem to be more active, running around more, the litter is drier, and the air quality has improved.
Some have asked, “Do your birds take longer to grow to their optimal weight?” Answer is: Yes. Yes, they take an average of an extra 4-7 days longer to reach their optimal weight.
“Are your feed costs higher?” Yes, our feed costs are just a bit higher however, feed conversion is the same.
Priding ourselves in the ABF market (never treated with antibiotics) we also know the vegetable feed given to our birds has been a major factor in the meat quality. We have to butcher a few turkeys each flock before they go to market. The reason we need to do this is to collect fat and blood sampling so all is approved before selling our birds to consumers. After we collect these samples we then harvest the meat off the bird (as you can imagine, we get to eat lots of turkey!) One major improvement we’ve noticed since converting over to vegetable fed turkey is that we feel the meat/breasts are juicy and much more tender! (Read below for our quick turkey breast recipe).
As we’re in this farming business wholeheartedly, going back to the basics is what we BELIEVE in. Farming in this fashion suits us. We enjoy feeding our turkeys vegetable based feed as we’ve seen many more positives after implementing this farming concept. I thoroughly enjoy talking to other farmers and understanding what works and what doesn’t work – and every farm is a different. “We,” as turkey farmers stick together and take lots of pride in what we do – and we learn from each other.
Please feel free to comment or ask questions below. After all we’re all learning this together, I believe the more we can learn from each other the better we can suit our consumers and industry as a whole. Thanks for taking the time; have a nice day!
Boneless Turkey Breasts in the Instant Pot
- 1 boneless turkey breast or turkey tenderloin (equivalent to about the same size as a chicken breast)
- 2 Tablespoons of olive oil or garlic infused oil
- 2 Tablespoons seasoned salt
- 1 cup chicken broth
Cover breast(s) with oil and rub in the seasoned salt.
Pour in 1 cup of chicken broth.
Insert trivet into the pot and place breasts on it.
Place lid on the pot and set vent to SEALING.
Select MANUAL and use the +/- buttons to change time to 4-5 minutes.
When pressure cycle is over, let the pressure release naturally.
Open pot and enjoy your juicy, flavorful turkey!