Budget Busting Butterballs

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This summer, the bird flu affected almost 2 million birds in Wisconsin, including turkeys. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, the National Turkey Federation says turkey prices are up almost 20 percent. Fox 25-48’s Abigail Hantke has more about how the epidemic is influencing prices of your Thanksgiving turkey.

The average price of turkeys across the states, has increased by 20- percent. Many believe it’s due to the avian flu that wiped out almost 2 million birds alone in Wisconsin, including turkeys.

“The farmers both in Minnesota and Wisconsin, have had a hard time this last year with avian flu, and supply and demand.”

But it could just be good marketing.

“There’s always that opportunity there especially this time of year when we see turkey demand throughout the holidays through Christmas on the increase, so it’s usually just good marketing.”

With people already buying their turkeys for Thanksgiving, they seem to be in good supply.

Clark says the avian flu caused no shortages in turkeys for this year, and it only takes about 4 months to grow a turkey so the farms affected by the avian flu have already built their flocks back up.

The National Turkey Federation says the supply is partially due to growers who stock up on turkey inventory, as early as March.

“They know what they need for inventory to get through that season and this is something that did effect inventory but the fact you can get these barns up to full production within about 4 months and if we go back to July when they could, we’re starting to see these barns back into full production relatively soon.”

So will the price of the turkey affect the price of tradition?

“I’ll still buy a turkey. It’s not enough to prevent me from buying a turkey.”

In Chippewa Falls, Abigail Hantke, Fox 25/48 News at 9.

Many customers say they will continue to buy their Thanksgiving turkey even if the price is higher,
And Clark adds there has been no sign of the avian flu returning this fall and affecting the market.

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