Purdue Agriculture home to 2021 National Thanksgiving Turkeys


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.—Purdue College’s Division of Animal Sciences Inside The school of Agriculture will current A house and Look after the Nationwide Thanksgiving Turkey and alternate Adjust toing this week’s Nationwide Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation On the White House. The turkeys will stay at Purdue’s Animal Science Evaluation and Education Center, the place They will reside in a separate enclosed indoor setting with entry to a shaded grassy space.

Purdue Agriculture’s Division of Animal Sciences Consists of a nationally acknowledged poultry program, with specialists in vitamin, well being, education, conductal neuroendocrinology, administration, conduct and animal welfare.

The turkeys have been raised beneath the supervision of Phil Seger, 2021 Nationwide Turkey Federation chairman, and by southern Indiana turkey producer Andrea Welp in cooperation with Farbest Farms. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will pardon the Nationwide Thanksgiving Turkey and alternate, then each turkeys will return to Indiana to stay at Purdue College Adjust toing their journey to Washington, D.C.

Indiana is the fourth largest turkey producing state Inside the nation and ranks first in duck manufacturing and second in egg manufacturing. The poultry enterprise contributes Greater than $12 billion in complete financial exercise to Indiana and employs Greater than 12,000 people.

Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Pattern Dean of Agriculture, emphasised the significance of Purdue Agriculture’s connection to Indiana poultry.

“Purdue Agriculture’s animal sciences school and Extension educators have An prolonged historic previous with the Indiana poultry enterprise, collectively with working alongside the Indiana Turkey Market Enchancment Council and Indiana State Poultry Affiliation. We worth the significance and potential of our collaborations,” she said.

John Blanton, Animal Sciences department head and professor, appears forward to highlighting The numerous strengths of Purdue’s poultry program.

“We’re terribly fortunate at Purdue to have school with A Quantity Of expertise As properly as to gifted college students,” he said. “I am grateful to Dr. Marisa Erasmus and Dr. Greg Fraley, the Terry and Sandra Tucker Endowed Chair of Poultry Science, co-advisors of the Purdue Poultry Membership, for main this enterprise and maximizing The advantages For school youngsters and the group.”

Erasmus spoke about This alternative To practice people about turkeys:

“Although turkeys are An important American cultural custom, Most people Do not know a lot about turkey manufacturing and administration, So as That is An unimaginable probability for us To enhance consciousness and information of turkeys’ conduct, personalities and welfare,” Erasmus said.

Educating college students May even be a primary focus Inside The approaching months, Fraley said.

“The turkeys will current An excellent useful resource For school youngsters to study extra Regarding the poultry enterprise and about insurance coverage policies that influence poultry manufacturing,” he said.

The turkeys, whose names Shall be introduced later this week, will formally be welcomed to Purdue with the Boilermaker Particular 1-2 p.m. (climate permitting) Nov. 29 on the Memorial Mall. Animal sciences professors Marisa Erasmus and Greg Fraley Shall be in attendance and out there for interviews.

You will Have The power to Adjust to the turkeys’ journey to the White House and again house as quickly as extra to Indiana on social media. 

Purdue Agriculture:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/PurdueAg

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The Nationwide Turkey Federation:

Fb: https://www.facebook.com/NatlTurkeyFed

Twitter: https://twitter.com/natlturkeyfed

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natlturkeyfed/


Indiana Turkey Market Enchancment Council:

Fb: https://www.facebook.com/yourINturkeyfarmers

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yourinturkeyfarmers/


Indiana State Poultry Affiliation:

Fb: https://www.facebook.com/INPoultry

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/inpoultry/


Media contact: Maureen Manier, [email protected]
Sources: Marisa Erasmus, [email protected]

Greg Fraley, [email protected]

Rebecca Joniskan, President, Indiana State Poultry Affiliation, [email protected]

Agricultural Communications: 765-494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Division Head, [email protected]

Agriculture Information Website


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