Ample supply of turkeys this Thanksgiving
It is expected that consumers in California will find
it easy to get a turkeys at Thanksgiving this year, says the California Farm
The California Poultry Federation has confirmed that most California
growers have contracts with retailers for a set number of birds. Even though
feed prices remain high, turkey farmers are receiving good prices, providing
their needed margin.
In the central San Joaquin Valley, raising turkeys is big business. In
2006, Fresno County led at $47.8 million, Merced County had $45.2 million in
turkey production, followed by Kings County at $17.4 million and Tulare County
at $7.4 million. Statewide, turkeys were a $142 million commodity in 2005.
The most common variety of turkey raised is the Broadbreasted White
. However, there is a growing
interest in old-fashioned varieties of turkeys known as heritage turkeys. Birds
including the Narragansett
, Standard Bronze
and Bourbon Red
also are being raised. Those turkeys are known for their flavourful meat.
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