Expect Higher Turkey Prices This Thanksgiving

Date posted - November 16, 2015

turkey thanksgivingNorthwest Iowa — Thanksgiving is ten days away and northwest Iowans will likely be paying a little more for the centerpiece of the feast, according to poultry science expert Ron Kean

Prices will be even higher, he says, for fresh turkeys or organic turkeys.

The bird flu wiped out about 10% of nation’s turkey production this spring. Iowa had more than 70 outbreaks of bird flu in 18 counties, including here in northwest Iowa, which led to some 32-million turkeys and chickens being euthanized. There is concern migrating wild birds — ducks and geese — will bring another round of avian flu as they make their way south this fall but, so far, so good.

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