American Farm Bureau Federation Market Intel – 10/05/17

American Farm Bureau Federation Market Intel – 10/05/17

It’s Turkey Time!

by Katelyn McCullock
Are those words sounding a bit early?  Well, for consumers it might be, but for farmers “turkey time” is now.  Commercial turkey producers are beginning to harvest turkeys destined for roasting pans this holiday season.  The seasonal slaughter rates for turkey remain fairly steady all year, but beginning in October those rates rise over the six to eight weeks ahead of Thanksgiving.  Figure 1 shows the weekly levels of turkey production.
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