TLC for Turkeys

No one loves turkey more than turkey farmers do! National Turkey Federation farmers believe well-treated turkeys provide the tastiest meat. That's why turkeys raised in the United States roam freely in scientifically designed, environmentally controlled barns where they are protected from predators, disease and bad weather. There are approximately 600 turkey farmer families in the U.S. Click here to learn how they look after the health and well-being of their flocks.

Truths and Transparency

Today's consumers are bombarded with information about which foods to eat and which to foods to avoid. It's no wonder so many people are confused about their food supply. Facts and transparency have become a matter or reassurance about the responsible raising and humane treatment of animals. Here are some fast facts to set the record straight about raising turkeys:
    • No hormones or steroids are added
    • Antibiotics are judiciously used at veterinarian-prescribed levels whenever a flock is at clear risk of disease or to control bacterial infections.
    • If antibiotics are used to prevent or treat illness, they do not stay in the turkey's system. Therefore, there are no antibiotic residues when the birds are processed and enter the food supply.
NTF farmers adhere to FDA guidelines for antibiotic use in turkeys. These guidelines provide a science-based framework that preserves the therapeutic benefits of antibiotics that farmers and their veterinarians rely on for disease treatment, control and prevention. And, because antibiotic resistance is a public health concern, several layers of protection have been put in place to ensure that animal antibiotics do not affect public health. Learn more from the Animal Health Institute.

Environmental Stewardship

Preservation and protection of our natural resources is important to the turkey industry. As responsible stewards of the land, air and water, turkey farmers use modern agriculture methods to provide safe, affordable, healthy foods that feed our families and our growing world. NTF farmers keep their environmental footprint small. The biggest potential impact is from use of the bedding material, or litter, used in the turkey houses. Because turkey litter is rich in nutrients such as nitrogen, it is recycled as an organic fertilizer on farm fields. Careful management ensures that litter is used in accordance with the nutritional needs of crops so that nutrient enrichment of groundwater and surface water is eliminated or minimized. Want to learn more? Take this video visit to Bar G Ranch Poultry in Rogers, Texas, owned an operated by the Glaser family for over 100 years. Bar G Ranch Poultry exemplifies leading edge environmental and conservation practices.

Tour a Turkey Farm and Processing Plant

Take a tour of the growth and delivery of 253 million turkeys each year with Temple Grandin PhD, leading animal welfare expert and professor of animal science at Colorado State University.