Minnesota turkey grower Wayne Knudsen of K & B Turkeys was recently featured in "A Day in the Life of a Turkey Farmer" video.
The video is part of a series of videos created and published by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Assn. (MTGA) as an effort to promote and educate consumers about the turkey industry. These videos provide an insightful view into the life of a turkey farmer -- the challenges and joys of raising turkeys in Minnesota.
Transparency is important to many consumers -- they want to know where their food comes from, how it's grown and how it's processed. Tours of poultry facilities are limited due to biosecurity practices that are implemented to protect flock health. To get around this obstacle, MTGA has put out these videos on their website to provide the public the opportunity to look inside a turkey facility.
Knudsen is one of the 450 turkey farmers in the state of Minnesota, and he was thrilled to be able to share his family's turkey farm on the video. "This is a legacy. If you take care of the birds, the birds will take care of us and the next generation," Knudsen said.
Minnesota ranks number one in turkey production in the United States, producing around 46 million turkeys per year.
Poultry leads the way in the world's most advanced farm technology and production techniques. In the video, Knudsen explains how technology is used on his farm -- from measuring feed output, temperature of barn and much more. Farmers go to great measures to ensure good health and well-being of their birds to produce a safe product for consumers.
Knudsen's video can be viewed on www.MinnesotaTurkey.com or YouTube.