Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Turkeys and Chickens
We will raise non commercial heritage breed turkeys and probably start with 100 or so. We anticipate we will be able to sell them for $4.00/lb. This is far cheaper than other farms we have seen. As we have stated before, our goal is to make wholesome, clean, yummy food affordable for as many families as possible. Heritage breeds grow slower than the commercial breeds and take more feed to raise as well. They are more expensive to purchase as chicks because they are not as common. Also our farming methods are sustainable and more labor intensive than factory lots like the ones you see in Moroni, UT. We will also be setting up our own processing station and purchasing all of the equipment necessary. We really don't anticipate making a profit our first year and will try this as an experiment. The heritage breed turkeys offer a whole new world of flavor. When you combine this with our sustainable farming practices and premium feed, it truely offers a mouthwatering, gourmet meal for your family.
We will also start small with the chickens with 400-500. We are unsure of which breeds to use. We have a great source for Poulet Rouge type chickens which are traditional breeds raised on pasture. Poulet Rouge is a label placed on chickens that are raised on pasture and allowed to grow to the age of 11 weeks+. These chickens are the not the heavy breasted chickens most people are used to which is why we are a little reluctant to start with them. Any type of pasture raised poultry has firmer, denser, leaner meat that is similar to turkey in texture. This is because the chickens actually get to run around and be chickens! The commercial chickens are raised in such confinement that in most cases they can't even stretch their wings. The non Cornish X chickens have longer lighter breasts and longer legs. We will most likely try to raise both varieties since we are in the experiment phase and see what our customers prefer. In crunching the numbers, we will most likely be priced at $3.00/ lb for pasture raised Cornish X (heavy breasted) and $3.50/lb for the Poulet Rouge chickens.
This past year we raised 35 of our own chickens. The meat is the most flavorful chicken I have ever tasted! The texture is out of this world! In addition to eating this delicious food, it is also more nutritious than factory raised chicken and without the chemicals and drugs! It also feels good to not support the factories that produce meat that comes from animals that in our opinion are tortured. Did you know in many beef, pork, and poultry factories that wastes like chicken manure, processing extras (guts) and all kinds of bizarre and disgusting things get cooked and fed back to the animals? It's no wonder that the animals need a constant supply of antibiotics to stay alive. Nor is it any wonder that we have all of the food recalls and health problems. I would be willing to bet that if as a country we ate wholesome, local, natural food raised sustainably that a large portion of our health problems would go away. It sure makes a lot more sense than spending trillions of taxpayer dollars on health care reform. Let's fix the problem at the source and stop trying to put a bandaid on it. I'll step down from my soap box. : )
We actually have 5 turkeys this year that we are selling for Thanksgiving. They are pasture raised, humanely treated and all natural. These will be harvested the day before Thanksgiving and be sold fresh not frozen. They are $4.00/lb. We can meet you in SLC on Wednesday evening to deliver them. Since we only have 5 available, you will need to call quick to get one in time. They will be processed at a facility in Tremonton as part of this year's 4H projects. We expect them to dress out at 15-25 lbs. Please call with any questions.
Based on the information above, we would like to know how many people are interested in buying pasture raised chicken and turkey from us. How many birds do you think you would buy at one time knowing they were only available once a year? How many a year would you buy if they were availble 2-3 times a year? Any feedback you can offer us will be helpful in determining how much money we can justify investing and how many birds to buy. Also, if anybody is interested in a business opportunity and would like to set up a small processing facility we can send A LOT of business your way. This would allow us to raise more chickens and turkeys as well as offer them at a lower price. If you are interested in this, call us and we can go over more detail. Thanks again for all of your support of our local, family farm and loyalty!