Our Farms & Farmers

Turkey farms today are generally bigger and more productive than they were 100, or even 50, years ago. We are able to grow more birds while taking better care of them. Through research and innovation, we are continually learning more about turkey behaviour, their preferred environments, health care, as well as diet and nutrition.

Today’s turkey farmers work with specialists who make certain that birds get the care and attention they need. These may include veterinarians, nutrition and feed specialists, animal scientists, people in charge of breeding and agricultural engineers.

Turkey farms also rely on technology to ensure the best care for their birds. Most barns are equipped with computer systems that control heat and ventilation at all times. Fans automatically turn on if it gets too hot or humid. Systems can be connected to the farmer’s phone in the event of an emergency related to heat, temperature or fire. There are also generators that will take over If the power goes out, so that the birds are never left in extreme cold or heat.


Both turkey genders have a snood (the red fleshy bit hanging from the face) which is used for temperature regulation. Just like dogs, turkeys do not sweat. They rely on the lengthening of the snood, panting (like a dog) and spreading their wings to cool themselves.