Norbest turkey production practices are humane, with the health and comfort of the birds of paramount importance. This is always in the best interest of the turkey rancher, both from ethical and economic vantage points. Turkey shelters provide maximum protection from predators, disease, and bad weather.
Turkeys are fed a balanced diet comprised mostly of corn, soybean meal, minerals and vitamins. Fresh water is available at all times. On average, it takes 84 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey. Turkeys are not fed growth hormones to make them grow faster. These are federally banned for use in poultry.
For treatment of disease or illness, approved medicines are used at therapeutic levels under USDA and FDA regulations. Birds are not allowed to be processed until after a period of time long enough to prevent any residues of these medicines remaining in the meat. Norbest does not use, nor does our drug policy permit, the use of ractopamine, nitarsone, or the routine use of medically important antibiotics.
One of the best strongholds of animal welfare in our culture is the rancher / farmer. Our ranchers love the close, daily contact with animals. As ranchers tend poultry, guaranteeing their health and welfare, the animal provides the high quality foods.