Increased Appetite for Turkey Helping Utah Turkey Farms

Increased Appetite for Turkey Helping Utah Turkey Farms


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Sam Penrod reporting By now, you are probably realizing you ate too much turkey today.

But eating a lot of turkey - and not just on Thanksgiving - is what makes Utah's turkey industry happy.

A turkey ranch near Moroni, is part of the Moroni Feed Company. It's a cooperative of more than 65 family owned farms based in Utah's Sanpete County.

Every year Moroni feed produces about five million turkeys that may have made survived until Thanksgiving, but they won't make it to Christmas.

Kent Barton, Moroni Feed Company: "The traditional consumer ate the whole bird around the holiday, which is still a main stay for us and one of our most popular products, but we also have gone into other type of products."

From deli meats to roasts, turkey nowadays is much more than Thanksgiving. In a giant freezer of more than one hundred thousand square feet, it's kept to zero degrees and stores more than five million pounds of product.

Kent Barton, Moroni Feed Company: "They come in all shapes and sizes, here we have about a ten pound hen and over here a 42 pound tom."

And to keep up with demand, instead of a big production push in the fall, Moroni Feed is now working to even out production year round, as more people choose to eat turkey.

"Kent Barton, Moroni Feed Company: "Turkey is low in fat and it really is a healthy choice for the consumer, a lot of consumers have discovered that and are choosing turkey as a daily mainstay."

Moroni Feed sells under the Norbest Label, and is a full service company from hatching the turkey eggs to processing the turkeys for market.

It sells these turkeys not only in the United States, but also around the world.

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