The birds have moved out. It’s time to open the house and take a break, right? Not so fast. Leaving your poultry house open between flocks can actually cause more harm than good.
Generally speaking, workers in the turkey industry earn salaries higher than the minimum wage and are able to acquire health insurance through these jobs; however, as turkey plants are frequently located in rural areas, workers have to be recruited from sources other than the local community. Reliance on immigrants to fill these positions means that common sense immigration reform is a necessity to the poultry industry.
The turkey industry and other livestock and poultry producers have been negatively impacted by current U.S. biofuels policy. There is an urgent need for reform. While making progress regarding alternative sources of energy is important, it should also be recognized that the poultry industry suffers from giving the mature corn-based ethanol industry a higher priority than other corn dependent industries.
Much attention has been paid to the condition of the litter in the last week or so of a bird’s life in regards to poor quality paws. However, by then it’s too late. Poultry paw lesions, or footpad dermatitis, begin to form in the first week of the bird’s life when the foot is still tender and easily damaged.