The Iowa Turkey Federation represents over 130 turkey farms in the state of Iowa. More than 97% of farms in the United States are family farms, and Iowa’s turkey farms are no different. Many of our farmers are the 2nd or 3rd generation to raise turkeys in their family.
Animal welfare is a top priority for Iowa’s turkey farmers. They work closely with veterinarians to ensure that their turkeys are as healthy as possible. Farmers also use the latest technology in litter management and barn ventilation to keep turkeys comfortable.
“Things have changed since my dad and grandpa built their turkey barns almost 30 years ago. When we built our new barns in 2011, we worked with a team of experts to make sure we used the best modern designs for energy efficiency, ventilation and animal welfare. New technology ensures that the turkeys have food and fresh water 24 hours a day, and the barns keep turkeys cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and protected from predators.” – Jared Achen, 2011 Graduate of Iowa State University, B.S. Agricultural Business
Our farmers are dedicated to food safety. They use biosecurity measures to prevent disease, and treat illness with pharmaceuticals when necessary, under the guidance of a veterinarian. Samples are tested for safety before a flock goes to market.
“Animal health is a top priority for us, so we do everything we can to prevent disease. No one who has been around poultry, birds or swine in the past 3 days is allowed inside our barns, and visitors have to wear disposable suits, hair nets, and boots.” – Dan Roeder, turkey farmer from Ida Grove, IA.
Iowa’s turkey farmers are proud to raise over 11 million turkeys annually, contributing $1.5 billion to the state’s economy.