Michigan turkeys are raised by farmers throughout the state whose heritage and passion is centered around creating a safe and quality source of protein for consumers and businesses in the foodservice market. Most turkeys are processed in Grand Rapids at a farmer-owned cooperative, Michigan Turkey Producers. All farms supplying Michigan Turkey Producers are an average of 30 miles from the processing plant, which leads to a significant reduction in their carbon footprint from other states. Michigan turkey farmers are committed to the health and well-being of their birds so consumers can eat a delicious, nutritious and safe food.
The total annual turkey production in Michigan is
5.3 million birds.
The average weight of a Michigan turkey is 40 lbs.
The turkey industry has a total economic impact of $100 million in Michigan.
US turkey consumption has increased 104% since 1970.
The average consumer eats 17 lbs. of turkey per year.
100–110 lbs. of feed = 40 lbs. of turkey
70% of Michigan Turkeys are raised in Ottawa County.
All MI turkeys are male birds, called toms. Females are called hens. Babys are called poults.
- packed with protein
- low in fat
- no growth hormones permitted
- low calorie food