Saturday, July 13, 2024

Growing the modern turkey

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By Katie Keiger

Poultry Times staff

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Today's turkeys would be almost unrecognizable to the pilgrims, at least the most common Thanksgiving dinner entre known as the hybrid white turkey.

The birds were created by humans to keep up with consumer demand and now, without humans they would go extinct. Phillip Clauer, a poultry Extension specialist with Pennsylvania State University's Department of Animal Science, understands the relationship the birds have with the industry and people that raise them.

Clauer said that modern turkeys are completely dependent on the people that take care. . .

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