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Fact or Fiction? Turkey Talk On Special Here Saturday October 29 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

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Turkey kings and queens, regal specimens resplendent in their wonderful bronze luster, will be exhibited on the Burlington Better Poultry Special which will leave Denver on October 16, to make a tour of 75 towns in five states.

A special feature of this ten-car train, which will be in Holyoke Saturday, October 29, will be one entire car of turkey exhibits. All the newest methods of turkey production will be demonstrated on the train. “Latest means of artificial incubation will be of particular interest,” states Val Kuska, Colonization Agent for the Burlington Railroad, who will accompany the train on its tour.

“New methods of incubation introduced into turkey culture have enabled growers to produce on a much larger scale at lower cost. Formerly it was thought that turkeys could not be raised by artificial incubation. The old idea of turkey production was that the turkey hen must hide out to hatch her young in a secluded corner. But science has dethroned the turkey hen. It doesn’t make much difference now which came first, the hen or the egg—for all we need to have now is the egg.

“Turkey growers who visit the Burlington Better Poultry Special will receive information on how to produce what the market demands and is willing to pay a premium to secure. There will be a special marketing car containing dressed birds and demonstrations will be given showing how to dress the fowls properly and get them to market in a condition that will command the highest prices.

“By use of standard-bred stock advocated and exhibited on the train, and the employment of proper methods of culture, turkeys may yield a return to outrival many industries long established in the front ranks in these western states. The incident about the Wyoming cowboy who traded his horse for a turkey aroused much publicity over such a small value being placed upon a horse. But by far the most important phase of this incident was the high price turkeys command at the present time. Of course, in this particular instance, the horse was an untamed and unwanted range cayuse not worth more than five dollars in the trade. But the turkey which the cowboy relished for his holiday feast was valued at $7.65 at the prevailing market price, causing the cowboy to pay $2.65 to boot in the trade.”

“Contrary to the confusion of many,” continues Mr. Kuska, “if conditions are well adapted for turkey production, as they are in a high, invigorating climate, turkeys are no harder to raise than chickens—and not so expensive to feed. When only three to four months old they begin to roam over the fields and rely upon themselves for most of their own feed. Very little expense is necessary for equipment to care for the turkeys. Inexpensive type of standard equipment will be displayed on the train.”

This special poultry demonstration train is being operated by the Burlington and Colorado Southern railways, in cooperation with the program of agricultural colleges of Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, New Mexico and Montana, to raise the standard of poultry produced in these states.

Holyoke Enterprise
October 6, 1927