Turkey time turkey shortage


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When you think of Thanksgiving, the first thing that comes to mind is most likely a delicious turkey sitting at the table waiting for you to enjoy. Every Thanksgiving, you would usually expect the turkey to be incorporated into your meal somehow, right? Well, this year, we may be forced to explore some of the other traditional Thanksgiving meals.

According to TODAY, meat suppliers and distributors are warning that there could be a shortage of smaller turkeys due to labor and production challenges caused by the pandemic. A broker for Shady Brook Farms, one of the nation’s largest poultry providers, warned, “status for fresh, whole turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas isn’t promising this year.” Because of the pandemic, the labor rate for turkeys has decreased exponentially. Farms are struggling to produce enough turkeys in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so, unfortunately, there may be some families who won’t have a turkey on Thanksgiving day.

Last year in 2020, it was estimated that around 46 million turkeys were produced and eaten for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, there are only about 36 million turkeys available for purchase, meaning that we have decreased production by around 10 million turkeys.

But there is still some good news! There is only a shortage of smaller turkeys right now, and the much larger turkeys are in good stock. So, families who are unable to find and purchase the smaller turkeys may still be able to have a large turkey on their tables for Thanksgiving and Christmas- and larger turkeys mean a larger amount of leftovers!

So, this year, if you were looking forward to your traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas turkey, try to buy your turkey soon, and definitely don’t wait until the last minute!

Sager, J. S. (2021, October 11). What to Know About the Turkey Shortage This Thanksgiving and Holiday Season—Including Where to Get a Turkey. Parade. Retrieved November 1, 2021, from

Your holiday turkey may be harder to come by this season. (2021, September 29). Business Insider. https://www.businessinsider.com/turkey-production-reduced-holidays-thanksgiving-christmas-poultry-2021-9?international=true&r=US&IR=T