Turkey growers are struggling to make money with feed costs at multi-year highs. Sarah Anderson director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association says most turkey diets consist of corn and soybeans:
“So the higher prices that we’re seeing in grain feeds obviously put a ding in your wallet for sure.”
Anderson says there is concern feed costs could be as much as 20 percent higher by the end of the year:
“And that really hurts, especially after the year that we had last year with the pandemic and all of the challenges that presented too. It’s kind of like you had the flood the first year, and then the second year you get hit with a tornado. That’s sort of what it feels like right now.”
Anderson says there aren’t many alternatives for turkey growers other than trying to be as diversified as possible. Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in the U.S.