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Butterball warns of a turkey shortage
FoxNews.com ^ | November 18, 2013

Posted on 11/18/2013 7:31:42 AM PST by US Navy Vet

The nation's largest producer of turkeys is warning of a shortage of birds, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Butterball announced that it will be shipping out half as many large, fresh never-frozen turkeys to retailers this year. The company says many of its birds had trouble gaining weight during the production process. And though the cause of the problem remains a mystery, food distributors say their orders for turkeys 16 pounds and bigger have been slashed in half. Sixteen pounds is the national average for Thanksgiving holiday turkeys making this shortage a particularly concerning problem.

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: butterball; foodsupply; ono; poultry; thanksgiving; turkey
OH NO!!!!
1 posted on 11/18/2013 7:31:42 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

Too many of them have gone to DC to work for the ObaMao administration.


2 posted on 11/18/2013 7:32:57 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: US Navy Vet

Turkey sales must be slow this year as everyone scrimps and saves to pay for next year’s ObamaCare debacle.

There’s nothing like advertising a “shortage” of a slow-seller to clear the shelves.


3 posted on 11/18/2013 7:34:27 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Vigilanteman

We all knew that was coming.. You were the fastest!


4 posted on 11/18/2013 7:34:41 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: US Navy Vet

Double bacon cheese burger?


5 posted on 11/18/2013 7:35:01 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: US Navy Vet

The turkeys are all in Washington DC on the tables and at the tables.


6 posted on 11/18/2013 7:37:17 AM PST by dforest
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To: US Navy Vet

we’ve had about thirty of them at a time wondering across our front yard.

I have a gun.

This is not a problem.


7 posted on 11/18/2013 7:39:48 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: US Navy Vet

ya....short turkeys....short legs.....

Bummer!


8 posted on 11/18/2013 7:41:14 AM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: US Navy Vet
Butterball announced that it will be shipping out half as many large, fresh never-frozen turkeys to retailers this year.

Most people buy frozen. I don't think this is a big deal.

9 posted on 11/18/2013 7:43:28 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I guess the shortage means an increase in price. Why coitenly...whoop whoop


10 posted on 11/18/2013 7:44:01 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: US Navy Vet

I’ve been in the meat business for 30 years and I suspect this may just be a ploy to get people to buy early.


11 posted on 11/18/2013 7:45:53 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: txrefugee

Beat me to it.

I seem to recall “shortages” of turkeys the last couple of years.


12 posted on 11/18/2013 7:46:19 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: jsanders2001

If there is a shortage of over 16-pound turkeys...buy 2 or more of lesser weight. Problem solved.


13 posted on 11/18/2013 7:46:38 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: cuban leaf

There is an established turkey family that crosses my Mom’s yard every day. There is also a shotgun behind her bedroom door.

Unfortunately the city limits went gerrymander & Mom’s house is now no longer in the country. I think the turkeys know this, just like the deer she sees every day from the kitchen window.

FWIW turkey hunters tell me that only the white meat is edible.


14 posted on 11/18/2013 8:00:45 AM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: US Navy Vet

If you like your turkey, you can keep your turkey.


15 posted on 11/18/2013 8:05:42 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: US Navy Vet

REALLY? How many Muslims are there who are buying their ‘halal’ turkeys? I think this is a ploy to get people to buy their turkeys! I wouldn’t take one FREE!! They decided to appease Muslims, let that be their only customers! Makes me sick!


16 posted on 11/18/2013 8:10:30 AM PST by ClearBlueSky (When anyone says its not about Islam...it's about Islam. That death cult must be eradicated.)
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To: traderrob6

I wonder what could be the cause of the birds not being able to gain weight?


17 posted on 11/18/2013 8:12:08 AM PST by txhurl
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To: US Navy Vet

Wouldn’t be a shortage if turkeys weren’t trying to take over every kind of meat. Turkey bacon, turkey ham, turkey sausage, turkey hamburger, turkey meatloaf, turkey pastrami, turkey corn beef..............


18 posted on 11/18/2013 8:17:48 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: elcid1970

FWIW turkey hunters tell me that only the white meat is edible.


Yeah. I was at a bbq where they had dark meat. It was my first “wild turkey” ever. I thought it sucked. I suppose the dog and cat would go for it, though.


19 posted on 11/18/2013 8:20:43 AM PST by cuban leaf
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To: US Navy Vet
Another one of those holiday "scares" that never quite pan out.

Fact is, there are millions and millions of turkeys out there for the American consumer and nobody is going to be denied a turkey if they want one. Maybe a few yuppies (like myself) will have a little trouble sourcing a $80 fresh turkey from the Whole Foods but if it comes down to it, we are going to have to suck it up and buy a frozen one with the rest of the unwashed masses - even though my wife will complain loudly if I have to keep a frozen turkey defrosting in the refrigerator for a few days. We will get through this. I just know that we will.

20 posted on 11/18/2013 8:23:10 AM PST by SamAdams76
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To: US Navy Vet

Our local independent grocer has frozen turkeys on sale for $.69 per lb. Not sure if all of them are 16 lbs. and up. I bought one last week.


21 posted on 11/18/2013 8:27:18 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: elcid1970

Meat is muscle. And muscle is fed by blood. In the blood is myoglobin, which binds with oxygen and stores it in muscles for when it’s needed. Myoglobin also makes meat dark. Muscles that are used most, like those in drumsticks (legs), have more myoglobin. Domestic turkeys are too fat to fly, so they don’t use their breast muscles much, which is why breast meat is white. The breast of a wild turkey is entirely different, darker (and far tastier for those who are game).

http://www.livescience.com/5911-top-5-surprising-turkey-facts.html


22 posted on 11/18/2013 8:28:32 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: US Navy Vet

“We just don’t understand! We fed them with Michelle Obama’s dietary guidelines, and yet they all look emaciated, half-starved and lethargic. Maybe we should double the amount of Arugula and bean sprouts we feed them!”


23 posted on 11/18/2013 8:34:44 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (War on Terror news at rantburg.com)
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To: txhurl

Extremes in environmental temperature would be one of the more prevalent causes. Disease, substandard husbandry practices, deficiency in the feed would be others.


24 posted on 11/18/2013 8:47:34 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: US Navy Vet

Oh noooooo! Not enough Halal turkeys to go around. I’m crushed. Poor Butterball.


25 posted on 11/18/2013 9:01:57 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Vigilanteman

LOL!!!!


26 posted on 11/18/2013 9:03:26 AM PST by whitedog57 ( Cy)
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To: US Navy Vet

Our soon be shut down Scout troop has a family potluck every November. We cook two really large trash can turkeys. (google it) We try to get 19-22 lb birds. We need to do three this year because the biggest we could find was 16lb. Guess one goes in the oven.

This will be the last overnighter for our Boy Scout Troop. We’re switching over to Trail Life USA.


27 posted on 11/18/2013 9:18:17 AM PST by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: Moonman62

Yes - the key word here is “fresh”....a very minimal percentage of turkeys sold are classified as fresh (versus frozen and defrosted).


28 posted on 11/18/2013 9:24:06 AM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: hal ogen

Or buy a cheaper brand than Butterball. Problem solved and it is money in your pocket to pay your health insurance.


29 posted on 11/18/2013 9:39:42 AM PST by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: US Navy Vet

There’s no shortage of turkies in the US Senate and the White House.


30 posted on 11/18/2013 9:40:44 AM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: txhurl

Keeping their girlish figures?


31 posted on 11/18/2013 10:06:53 AM PST by Shimmer1 (don 't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference)
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To: US Navy Vet
When I was cutting meat in supermarkets we sold one case of fresh turkeys to ten cases of frozen. The demand is just not there this year.
32 posted on 11/18/2013 10:48:50 AM PST by 4yearlurker (Some people say that experts agree!!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Butterball contains real turkey meat? Who knew!


33 posted on 11/18/2013 12:01:26 PM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: US Navy Vet
Don't worry, China will be sure to ship over their sewer fed Turkeys
to take up the slack.
34 posted on 11/18/2013 12:03:24 PM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Starstruck

Turkenol, the ethical Ethanol replacement.


35 posted on 11/18/2013 12:04:19 PM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> The company says many of its birds had trouble gaining weight during the production process.

Probably needed Obamacare and just couldn’t get it because of the Republicans. Or maybe it was the Republican shutdown of the government, or the Republican sequestration process. /s

Thanks US Navy Vet.


36 posted on 11/20/2013 7:01:57 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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