Minnesota’s 450 turkey farmers raise more turkeys – 44 million per year – more than any other state in the U.S. Many of these farmers are 3rd, 4th and even 5th generation turkey farmers, and their #1 priority is to raise wholesome and quality turkey for consumers.
- How much turkey do people eat in a year?
Per capita consumption of turkey is approximately 16 pounds per year per person.
- What are turkeys fed?
Turkeys are fed a balanced diet of corn, soybeans and essential vitamins and minerals. Fresh water and feed are available at all times.
- Are turkeys fed hormones or steroids?
There are no added hormones or steroids given to turkeys today. In fact, no hormones are approved for use in turkeys. Genetic improvements, better feed formulation and modern management practices are responsible for the larger turkeys produced today.
Turkey farmers and processors represented by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and the National Turkey Federation (NTF) products for American consumers.
The turkey industry follows federal, state and local laws and takes additional voluntary measures to enhance the safety of its products, the well-being of its animals, protection of natural resources and to improve the communities in which it operates.