Minnesota Turkey Growers Association 1/2008 rev. Minnesota Turkey Growers Association • Mission: Dedicated to fostering a successful Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to make positive contributions to consumers, the economy, the environment and to its members. • Founded in 1939 • Membership includes Minnesota growers, processors and industry suppliers 1/2008 rev. Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council • Sister organization of MTGA established by state statute in 1966 • Operates under supervision of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture • Primarily funded by voluntary grower check-off program 1/2008 rev. Did you know… Minnesota ranks #1 in turkey Production and processing! 1/2008 rev. Minnesota’s Turkey Industry • Approximately 250 growers operate 600 turkey farms • 48 million turkeys raised (2007) • Each turkey generates $11.68 in direct economic activity to the state • Growers and industry suppliers support 26,000 jobs and generate over $600 million in economic activity in MN 1/2008 rev. Who Eats Minnesota-Grown Turkey? • Minnesotans consume just 10% of the turkeys raised here • 90% of turkey products processed in state are marketed outside of MN – International exports account for 15% • Top 5 export markets for U.S. turkey meat are Mexico, China, Russia, Canada, Hong Kong (2006) 1/2008 rev. Where Are Most of MN’s Turkeys Raised? Top turkey-producing counties, in millions (2002) • Kandiyohi – 6.52 • Stearns – 4.5 • Swift – 4.44 • Morrison – 3.4 • Todd – 3.06 • Meeker – 2.96 • Ottertail – 2.86 1/2008 rev. Minnesota’s Turkey Industry • Kandiyohi, Stearns and Swift are also ranked in the top 10 producing counties in the U.S. • Minnesota is home to 4 turkey processing companies with 8 processing plants around the state • Minnesota’s processors collectively market approximately 2,000 turkey products (consumer and foodservice) 1/2008 rev. Minnesota’s Processors – Quick Facts Jennie-O Turkey Store • 2nd largest turkey company in U.S. • Subsidiary of Hormel Foods • Plants in Willmar, Montevideo, Pelican Rapids and Faribault (and 1 plant in Barron, WI) • MN plants employ about 5,300 workers • $1.162 billion in annual sales 1/2008 rev. Northern Pride • Grower-owned cooperative • 1 plant in Thief River Falls • Employs approximately 210 people • $25 million in annual sales • Products labeled under Northern Pride, Snowland, Harvest Gold, Serv & Save, Premium Specialty & Premium Specialty Free Range, as well as private label 1/2008 rev. North Star Foods • Value-added processor – Turkey and other meat commodities • 1 plant in St. Charles 1/2008 rev. Turkey Valley Farms • Owned by a group of Minnesota turkey growers • 1 plant in Marshall • Employs approximately 300 workers • $60 million in annual sales • Products labeled under Turkey Valley Farms, Holden Farms, Country Day, Midwest Best, Country Buy, as well as private label 1/2008 rev. 1/2008 rev. Turkey. The Perfect Protein® Turkey… • Is a high-quality protein • Has more protein and less total fat per portion than chicken, beef or pork • Provides a tremendous variety of products that are fast, easy and versatile – Perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner 1/2008 rev. Turkey Products – Beyond the Whole Bird • Parts – Tenderloin, cutlet, thigh, drumstick and more • Ground – Fresh and frozen, seasoned, pre-shaped patties • Italian and Breakfast Turkey Sausage, Bratwurst, Kielbasa, Turkey Ham, Franks and Bacon • Fully Cooked Deli Products – Sliced and cubed turkey breast, bologna, salami, pastrami and more • Microwaveable/Ready to Heat Entrees – In a variety of flavor profiles 1/2008 rev. How Turkey Compares to Other Proteins* Calories Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Protein, grams grams milligrams grams Turkey Breast 120 1 0 55 26 Beef (top loin, steak) 180 8 3 65 24 Beef (eye round) 140 4 2 60 25 Chicken Breast 120 1.5 .5 70 24 Pork (top loin, chop) 170 7 2 70 26 Pork (tenderloin roast) 140 4 1 65 24 *3-ounce cooked serving of meat, trimmed of visible fat/skin 1/2008 rev. Minnesota’s Turkey Industry • Healthy Flocks • Caring for the Environment • The Impact of Ethanol • Economic and Employment Engine 1/2008 rev. Healthy Flocks: Priority One • Turkey growers care more than anyone about their flocks • Minimizing stress or risk of illness is the goal • Well-treated animals grow to full-potential 1/2008 rev. Healthy Flocks: Caring for Turkeys • Growers assess flock well- being on a daily basis • Turkeys are raised in environmentally controlled, scientifically designed barns to protect from predators, disease, inclement weather • Turkeys roam freely in their barns and have access to food and water on-demand 1/2008 rev. Healthy Flocks: Appropriate Use of Antibiotics • When necessary, growers may use approved antibiotics to keep turkeys healthy • Antibiotics play an important role to ensure abundant and safe food products • A withdrawal period is required after antibiotics are administered and before processing • Flocks are tested for antibiotic residue prior to processing 1/2008 rev. Healthy Flocks: A Common Misconception • Hormones and steroids are not approved or available for use in turkey production in the U.S. Hormones / Steroids 1/2008 rev. Healthy Flocks: A Collaborative Effort • Growers work closely with a variety of organizations – State and federal government agencies (Minnesota Board of Animal Health, USDA Food Safety Inspection Service), University of Minnesota, MTGA and NTF • Coordinated research efforts • Cooperative avian influenza monitoring program – 30-year history of active surveillance – Ongoing preparedness toward prevention, detection, control and eradication • UMore Park (University of Minnesota) – Showcase turkey production to media and other groups at Thanksgiving – Partners for annual product donation to food shelves across Minnesota • Over 100,000 lbs of turkey product donated since 2001 1/2008 rev. Caring for the Environment • Minnesota turkey growers take very seriously their responsibility to be good stewards of the environment • As good neighbors and responsible citizens, Minnesota turkey growers follow all siting, permitting and other related statutes 1/2008 rev. Caring for the Environment: Managing Turkey Litter • Proper handling is an important element of any turkey farm manure management system • Turkey litter is an excellent “green” fertilizer for plants and crops; providing nutrients and also building soil quality and drainage • Minnesota is home to nation’s first power plant converting turkey litter to electricity 1/2008 rev. The Impact of Ethanol • An alternative fuel with unintended consequences • By 2012 the ethanol blend mandate nearly doubles to 7.5 billion gallons • Due to competition for ethanol, the price of corn has nearly doubled from a year ago • Because turkeys consume a diet mainly of corn and soybean meal, the price of corn has a huge impact on the growers’ bottom line • Research is underway to evaluate other options for biofuels, such as cellulosic (“switchgrass”) 1/2008 rev. Economic and Employment Engine: Minnesota Animal Agriculture • Animal agriculture in Minnesota contributes more than $10 billion annually to the state’s economy • Directly and indirectly, animal agriculture employs nearly 100,000 Minnesotans – That’s more than Northwest Airlines, 3M and Medtronic combined! 1/2008 rev. Economic and Employment Engine: Minnesota’s Poultry Industry • Turkeys create economic and employment growth in greater Minnesota • Minnesota’s poultry industry adds $1 billion to the state’s economy • The poultry industry supports 26,000 jobs in Minnesota 1/2008 rev. Economic and Employment Engine: Opportunities in Agriculture • A variety of employment opportunities are available in and related to the turkey industry • The turkey industry supports the need for employment and immigration legislation that ensures qualified workers and maintains the industry’s viability 1/2008 rev. Economic and Employment Engine: Career Opportunities in Poultry – Association Management – By-product Utilization – Economics – Feed Mill Management – Food Science – Genetics – Hatchery Management – Marketing – Microbiology – Nutrient Management – Nutrition – Pharmaceuticals – Processing – Product Development – Production – Research & Development – Sales – Engineering – Veterinary Science – Building Systems Design – Quality Assurance/Regulatory – And more… 1/2008 rev. TURKEY Proud to be part of Minnesota’s ag family since 1939! Minnesota agriculture – good for us all. 1/2008 rev.